Hophaze (188) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft Half Pint. Pours Jet Black with dark brown head. Light lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee. One would expect the coffee and chocolate taste but this beer is wonderfully hop balanced. Alcohol is hidden well. Truly an amazing Imperial Stout!
MNAle (73) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black color, opaque. No visible carbonation (but there’s no visible anything - opaque!). 1/2 inch tan creamy head with sticky lacing. Toasted coffee and chocolate dominates the aroma. Thick mouth feel, little carbonation apparent to the tongue. Mild, matly, coffee, smoky, cocoa flavor. Slight bittering in the middle that fades in the sweet, coffee & chocolate finish. This is an enjoyable beer, but basically a duet between the coffee and the chocolate with the thick body holding them up. A bit too one-dimensional (OK, two-dimensional). I’m surprised it is rated so highly by so many,
jsmanigold (107) - Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours like motor oil with a thin brown head. Aroma is of strong bitter coffee grounds. Taste like strong coffee with a bitter chocolate roasted finish.
tfontana (304) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour into pint glass. Aroma is strong, dark roasted rich coffee with some chocolate. Appearance is opaque black with thin ring of light brown head with minimal lacing. Taste is mix of sweet chocolate and rich coffee bitterness, trading off dominance, with slight alcohol at the finish. Palate is medium to thick bodied with soft, velvety texture, soft carbonation and pleasantly bitter finish with some alcohol. Overall, this is really good but as the deScription reads, "not sure if this is some type of coffee cake or a beer." When you add this much stuff to your basic beer ingredients, when have you lost the art of coaxing these flavors out of the original ingredients and you are just making something else? Delicious either way, but slight demerits for blatant augmentation and for not concealing the alcohol.
Kosmokrator (668) - ITALY - NOV 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stout nera e densa, con sentori di cacao amaro, fondi di caffè e cereali. Gusto mediamente tostato e non particolarmente dolce, per nulla sciropposo; corpo medio ma meno rotondo dell’atteso. Banalotta... Mi aspettavo decisamente di più, l’equilibrio c’è ma manca l’intensità.
sir__v (1284) - Lille, FRANCE - NOV 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits, San Francisco - CO. Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: high coffee domination with black cholocate balance. Oat notes. Roaste malt.Very rich flavours. Taste: high body with like oily sensation. Oatmeal texture domination. Very amazing. Coffee taste balanced with roasted malt and some black chocolate finish notes. Very amazing. Aftertaste: good sweet roasted malt and nice oat finish. Coffee and caramel. Very amazing beer !
NallePalle (349) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 355 ml. Keyword: coffee, nose and aroma. Well balanced, gentle and smooth.
Savage_Night (244) - California, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a small tan head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: rich roasted malt, day old coffee, molasses, brown sugar, bitter dark chocolate oil, smoke, banana, roasty, burned caramel, dark stone fruit, spices, char and very faint vanilla. TASTE: rich roasted malt, light roasted coffee, oats, molasses, brown sugar, bitter dark chocolate oil, smoke, banana, roasty, burned caramel, raisin, dark stone fruit, hop spice, light soy sauce, spices, char, herbs, peppercorn and very faint vanilla. AFTER TASTE: rich malt, coffee tannins, hop spice and oats with a medium oily finish.
Silvan7 (929) - Samarate, ITALY - NOV 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Enotika Cerro Maggiore. Marrone , leggermente velata, schiuma beige finissima e non troppo persistente. Aroma intenso, cioccolato fondente, fruttato di frutta secca , nocciola e mandorla, lievemente liquoroso, tostato di caffè con note erbacee ben amalgamate. dolce abboccata, quasi amabile, tostata con cioccolato e caffè in evidenza, ed un erbaceo quasi pungente, rinfrescante nel finale. Amaro elegante, mai invasivo. Corposa, rotonda, poco carbonata. calda ma morbida. ben equilibrata
PhatB420 (760) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz into glass. Nice black pour. Full bodied, genuine Stout. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, nuts, taste of the same. Nice abv kick, mends well with the flow of this Stout. Excellent.
Larry_Duffman (192) - - NOV 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had it on tap. It pours an almost black color with a tan head and little lacing. The aroma is coffee and chocolate. The taste is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, sugary milk, and some alcohol. It’s balanced well. It’s pretty smooth with a bit of carbonation. This is very good.