GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with a minimal tan head. Very little head retention with decent lacing. Serious roasted coffee aroma with chocolate complements. Got a little bit of malty sweetness in there as well. Very nice aroma just invites me into this one. Big roasted coffee taste with the slightest hint of dark chocolate malts and hops. Hops and coffee lead to a fairly bitter aftertaste. Oily and thick mouthfeel with minimal carbonation that causes a bit of tingling on the tongue. I would view this as a good, but not great stout. The heavy coffee and bitterness make it a bit less balanced than the aroma might indicate.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep black maroon color. No head. thick, molasses pour, almost unbelievably thick. Chocolate, fudge, nutty hints. Smooth delivery. Distinctly malty but not overbearing. Pinot noir, grape notes present. Excellent choice. Special thanks to Dennis Gilligan for this find.
Lothore (595) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- Pours absolutely pitch black as expected. A small coffee head rises from the brew after is has been poured and seeps back into the murky abyss.
S- The dominate smell here is roasted malt, coffee and a lingering sweetness. The coffee tones permeate the nose and immediately take control.
T- There is an out of control coffee and burnt malt taste going on here. Taste begins sweet and moves into deep coffee which melds with an understated hop bite and some lingering acidity on the back end.
M- Thick with quite a bit of carbonation. Coats the tongue and sticks to the palate.
D- This particular Double Stout is definitely for coffee lovers. While I don’t drink coffee I did enjoy and appreciate this brew.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
As implied by the label, it is definately a hearty brew. Pours a deep heavy black colour with a very rich mouthfeel. Heavy in chocolate, vanilla and oats. Creamy texture. nice strong chocolatey aroma.
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Tap at Spuyten Duyvil: Opaque black with a deep brown/lacing head. Huge barley aroma. Roasted dark cocoa, old coffee grinds and a very light hop note. Dense rich body without being cloying. The flavor is pretty much a homogeneous coffee grind bitterness. There is a huge malt body to give it some underlying character; bitter dark chocolate syrup, and a long resiny coffee finish. A really well made Stout, but many of these highly rated coffee Stouts just don’t do it for me lately.
gregc (3) - ny, New York, USA - APR 21, 2008 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Spuyten Duyvil
Coffe....big on the roasted coffee flavor.
Dark brown head...tasted coffee, chocolate wood and a nice bitterness in the finish...
Great overall Imperial Stout
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Courtesy of Sparky27. Pours a dark creamy brown with a subtle tan head. Aroma is mostly coffee. Tastes of cocoa, coffee, licorice, roasted malt, and corn syrup dominate this brew. I LOVE COFFEE, so I enjoyed this throughly. Palate is not to heavy, and is balanced well with the booze.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Spuyten Duyvil. Black pour with some tan head. Aroma is sweet oaty malt, roasted malt, coffee, and some cola. Flavor is the same, sweet oaty malt and chocolate, roast, cola, some not-fresh coffee grounds in the finish. It’s good, but not really my style.
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
*did not mind would not buy*
aroma: dry mealy coffee, old stale spent espresso grounds. also some cardboard. nothing rich or wonderful really. app: black not decadent. foamy tan head. flavor: nice, not great lil boozy. the lack of richness and malty huge depth compared to the sharp booze is a bit out of balance and not pleasing, the aftertaste is very nice though. i wish the taste was more like the after taste. palate, to thin to spritzy. OA: nice not great. needs to be more rich and smooth.
BREWMUSKCLES (2379) - New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
had it on the cask--after-- the kentucky bourbon. this has a better flavor but is less in every other way. the absence of the cheap bourbon taste is nice and it is nicely hopped in this presentation. guess i gotta re-rate but here i go for now. the head is foamy and the beer is lighter and a bit oatey. low sweetness.