Travlr (19553) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 Jet black, scant brown head. Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Smooth as silk. A keeper.
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours black and oily with a thin, brown head -- doesn’t mess around with tan... Aroma is dominated by coffee, with chocolate and roast notes as well. Flavor follows suit with a massive amount of coffee flavor and a nice, smooth chocolaty finish. Good amounts of sweet caramel and molasses notes as well. No real hops flavor to speak of, but sufficient bitterness from roast.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep black oil body with a thin tannish head. Aroma is medium sweet, roasty, big time coffee and chocolate as well as light floral. Flavor is bitter coffee and chocolate with a light roasty component. Finishes long and bitter. Texture is very creamy with light carbonation.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into snifter. Pours black with little to no head at all. Nose is more roasty than coffee, with notes of creamy cocoa. Taste is roasty, creamy, coffee notes but not dominant, oats and a very light acidity towards the back end. Coffee is not nearly as far forward as in some other coffee stouts, but despite the silky, creamy quality that comes from the oats - in flavor and texture - there is still a bit of roasty acidity peeking through. Mouthfeel is low carbonation, full body, silky.
Shag (2765) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This poured a pitch black color with a tan head, The aroma contains some cappucino, coffee, and chocolate. The flavor is rather roasty with a strong coffe presence. I also taste some chocolate, kaluha, and a hint of dark fruit. The finish is bitter but also some sour flavors show up. Overall this was a very nice stout.
glennmastrange (2569) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aromas of toasted, strong coffee and dark chocolate, moderate herbs and resin for the hops, light earth for the yeast and hints of cola and charcoal. Head is small, bubbly, light brown with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is black. Flavor starts moderately sweet and acidic then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is full, creamy and has a soft carbonation. It finishes a little astringent. Like drinking a cross between espresso and a stout.
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours pitch black with a frothy chocolate colored head. The aroma is coffee and sweet cocoa. The flavor is much the same with just a touch of a sour bite and a little alcohol warmth. The finish is warm and mellow begging you to order another one.
TeamTrappist (831) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Poured dark coffee black with a thin tan head. You can read the label or smell the nose, you will get the same input, COFFEE. Definitely more coffee than chocolate, but the chocolate is there. Slight hint of the alcohol, but I had a pretty fresh one, which will of course only get better with age. Smooth and big mouthful, with a medium bitter finish. Very delicious!
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2009 Pours black thin tan head, that just lays on top very nice lacing, meduim body,aromas of cofee and more coffee taste is of bitter sweet coffee and a hint chocolate. I could start my day with this, and every day would be great
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, from Binny’s in Plainfield. Pours an extremely creamy looking black. Small, dark brown, fizzy head that dissipates quickly, however, remains extremely lacy and swirly. A gorgeous looking beer. The smell is extremely potent. Lots of freshly roasted black coffee, a mix of bitter dark chocolate and sweet milk chocolate, and a creamy oatmeal/warmness that is very unique. A barely noticeable hint of alcohol creeps up in the background as well. The flavor is very similar to the aroma and very quick on the tongue. It has a big and dark expresso flavor throughout and finishes with the bittersweet chocolate/oatmeal. Light bodied, oily, and creamy leaving a clean, dry, and fantastic lingering bittersweetness. Overall, a phenomenal oatmeal stout. Great balance for an imperial. Not very complex, but loaded with flavor and a lingering taste that makes me crave more and more.