pushkinwow (2292) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
120z bottle from 2010. Pours a jet black with no head or lacing. Huge sweet chocolate and burnt malt nose, some coffee. Full bodied, lightly carbonated, creamy, and smooth with a bitter finish the mellows and keeps on going. Tastes of is not as sweet as the aroma, chocolate is more bittersweet then milk chocolate. Canít get over the 10.5% considering there is almost no alcohol taste apart from a slight bite at the end - incredible beer - looking forward to having some older ones in the future.
Wolfenkopf (180) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is an effervescent chocolate and coffee. Deep and rich. I had to pour hard to get a head out of it, but what I did get was fluffy & the color of chocolate. The brew is infinitely black. The taste is a brilliant mocha coffee with a backbone of sweet (but not too sweet) chocolate. It hits the palate as thick as a sugar-free syrup. The aftertaste turns lightly bitter. Great stout.
johnnnniee (3043) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 Received in trade from TexIndy, Thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid black with a smallish tan head that doesnít visit for very long. Smells of chocolate syrup and roast, slight perfume aroma and a bit of alcohol as it warms. Taste is roasty and filled with chocolates. Hop presence is felt mid to finish as well as a bit of alcohol bite, which then gives way to a roast bitterness. Body is thick, mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, carbonation is low but adequate. Its a good Imp Stout, hoppier than I like. I wish I had more so I could lay some down.
Revisited this today as I lucked into a four pack of this in VT. Solid black with a thin tan head that subsides but never really disappears. Smells is heavy on the milk and dark chocolate with some roast and earthy hops. Taste is about the same. Hugely smooth silky creamy mouthfeel with a light level of carbonation and a medium to thick body. I donít recall liking this one as much the first time I had it, but I really enjoyed this today. My review reflects this sampling.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ours syrupy thick with deep dark notes of chocolate and coffee. It has a deep sweet finish that stays aroud for a while.
drfabulous (5051) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce from HyVee. Pitch black. Thick. Creamy head. Lots of coffee and chocolate. For some reason, never rated or never had. Beautiful stout.
DalzAle (2012) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark inky black pour, very little carbonation and a wonderful rich chocolate aroma. Flavor is smoky malt, chocolate, bitter coffee, peat and strong booze and slick vanilla on the aftertaste. Solid and enjoyable imperial stout, canít believe I hadnít had this one yet.
Hair6a11 (1428) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Bottle; Pour is viscous motor oil. First brew that Iíve seen that poured in a gloopy manner; comical, honestly. I spent hours sampling two bottles of this brew, in an attempt to not only enjoy myself but to cover the complete spectrum of the flavor profile that this brew holds. This wasnít a disappointment in any way, shape, or form - but it didnít blow me away, either. The Pour is viscous black, with a modest tannish head that doesnít retain all that well; Aromas on this brew cover the chocolate, roasted barley, coffee elements as youíd expect. Itís nice, really - The flavor profile shines, honestly. The metallic element typical of imperials was present for a millisecond and gone. Cocoa nibs, licorice, sticky sweetness, roasted barley/coffee though is what the initial tasting divulged. Some people call this brew complex, but I frankly didnít experience it like some imperials.
QuezXLV (411) - Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like used motor oil. The head is minimal, but its the darkest Iíve ever seen. You can spell the alcohol a bit it the aroma, but it is offset nicely but its sweetness. Smooth and heavy on the palate with an almost perfect amount of carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden in the taste and the malt is dominant.
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roasted malt aroma. Pours thick and jet black with a dark brown head. Very thick mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee flavor. nice alcohol and slight bitterness at the end. Freaking great beer!
brigg (556) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Pours a dark syrupy velvet brown, almost black, with a small and dense but disappearing head. Dark roast malt aroma, coffee, chocolate; sweet with notes of alcohol. Full, syrupy body; creamy, then slightly sticky. Flavor is dark roasted malt, medium sweet; light bitterness with smoky notes blended nicely and balanced. Very smooth overall.