EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with a thick brown head like what’s left in the top of a great root beer float that has sat and warmed a bit. First impression is full flavored and drinkable being not as thick as experted. A bit more alcohol burn than would like, but great coffee dark fruit and malt flavor with a bit of lingering sour. Would be great if it had an aroma to match, but pretty weak.
jkwood04 (5058) - Connecticut, USA - APR 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a thin, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark coffee, dark chocolate, and a little hops. Flavor very strong on the roasted malts, probably one of the strongest of this flavor I have tasted in a beer. In the words of Paul Wall, "Got a cup full of that oil." It’s no KBS or Breakfast stout, but it is very good.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black and thick with a nice brown head. Huge coffee aroma with some chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is malty with some bitter coffee, roasted malts. Very smooth with a bit of an alcoholic warmth. Very flavorful, complex, enjoyable.
abcfan (867) - New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome brew. Pours black with fluffy tan head. Coffee and malt aromas. Very smooth drinking, tastes like chocolate and iced coffee, with a light cherry finish. Chewy mouthfeel, finishes easy with a little booziness. Would drink again.
Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer pours really dark with a beautiful caramel and bright cinnamon head. The aroma is awesome - chocolate and sweet malts. The flavor starts off with sweet and malty on top of a delicious and creamy rich body. Then settles with a bit of smooth sweet booziness. It tastes so good!
octo (22) - USA - APR 4, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours black with small head. thick, roasty coffee, bitter, earthy, peanut buttery?, little alcohol burn for 10.5%. good stuff.
TheHopster (999) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Intensely rich and full bodied. Flavors of charred & roasted malts and coffee. Complex and smooth. Lingering finish. A sipper after dinner or anytime to take the chill away.
jrallen34 (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap into a 4oz tulip at Stub & Herbs...Black pour, with not much head or retention...An aroma of all roast, not broken up enough with flavors, needs some sweetness...The taste is all very bitter and roasted coffee. Not bad, just one noted, and a very roasted imp, too much for my liking in this style.
malrubius (2324) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at 4th Avenue Pub. Holy crap. Black with dark brown dense head and lace. Rich chocolate espresso earthy aroma. Rich dark chocolate bitter espresso beans mild dark fruit woody hops earthy very bitter roasted woody finish. Thick and rich, like Sarah Palin. Overbearing like her, too.
suprchunk (2782) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to khumbard for the bottle.
Black with about a finger of dark tan head. Little lacing as the head quickly recedes. Was nice looking while it lasted though. Alcohol and dark fruit. Roasted grain. Something a little too much on the vegetal aroma side. Maybe too many hops? Sweet taste of malt and vanilla. Alcohol. Alcohol burn in the mouth along with that taste. Very hot beer. And the bitterness detracts a bit from the overall taste and mouthfeel, along with the alcohol. But it is a nice dry imperial stout.