Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to theist for this beer. Poured at the 1/28 Houston tasting. Pour is as dark as oil with a great thin, dark chocolate head. Rich chocolate and coffee aromas on the nose...which hops just lingering in the background. I could already tell I would love this beer at this point. Milky dark chocolate with nice hop bitterness...almost like eating double chocolate fudge. Mouthfeel is very nice and creamy...this is dessert! Thanks for sharing Tim!
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of tjthresh, 7th bottle sampled at the 1/28 Houston tasting. Pour is opaque black with a tan head that fades fast. Very nice looking beer. Aroma of big roasted coffee malt and a hop twinge - piney. There is dark chocolate in the nose as well. Taste is big dark chocolate, roasted coffee malt and a mouth-coating full bodied finish. Syrupy. Really nice, super tasty. Thanks for giving this one away Tom!
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from mreusch. Hell yeah! Pours like 10W-30 with a thick dark brown head. Loads of chocolate (both milk and bitter) and roasted malt on the nose. Nothing subtle about it. Silky smooth roasted malt, dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, a hint of smoke, black liquorice, charred wood, blackstrap molasses and vanilla on the tongue. Full bodied. Silky smooth. This one was above and beyond my expectations. Although I am a sucker for any non coffee dominated Imperial Stout.
IrishBoy (3754) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from BBB63; nose is huge in chocolate and roastiness! Opaque brownish black with a small rusty-cinnamon head. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, light hop bitterness; alcohol is absolutely covered; finish is light bitterness, and more chocolate; this is a great winter warmer, but would also be a great summer ACed house beer as well!
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oily black pour with a small brown head that fades to nothing. Aroma is roasty and chocolate. Flavor is roasty, coffee beans, dark chocolate and caramel sweetness in the finish. Hops play a role in the big bitterness leafy and fresh with a touch of citrus. Sweetness comes out as it warms but it has the coffee bean roastiness and harshness that dominates even a bit of licorice and anice come out to play. Cloying mouthfeel and low carbontion with the 10% making this a winter sipper. The espresso really shines as it warms even more. Pretty damn good stout.
AmEricanbrew (5523) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black with a sheen of light brown head.
Strong chocolatey, roasted grain smell.
Full bodied and mildly carbonated with an ultra smooth mouthfeel.
Flavor is bittersweet chocolate, expresso coffee, and blackened malts. Has a mildly bitter alcohol bite to finish.
A most excellent stout
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. A nicely balanced example of the style, with lots of roasted barley complexity, good mouth feel and finish. A very well done IS.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a snifter. This beer poured an opaque black with a thin, dark tan head that displayed excellent retention, lasting throughout the entire glass. A decent amount of spotty lacing was left clinging to the sides of the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of licorice, dark chocolate, sugary sweet molasses, charred wood, and more chocolate. The flavor consisted of burnt malts, soy sauce notes, dark chocolate, fresh coffee, and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and silky smooth but not as viscous as the pour had indicated. The carbonation level was minimal. Very tasty, but not quite as bold or decadent as their other imperial stouts.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Pours black as night with no head. Nose consists of dark chocolate covered cherries, anise and espresso bean. Medium-full bodied leads to a multitude of flavors, mainly black cherries, fine chocolate, coffee and cream. Great stuff.
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: This beer is jet black and looks awesome. The dark mocha head was pretty thin and fell so that is was only a rim around the edge in well under a minute.
S: The aroma is powerful. There is a very sweet initial blast followed by chocolate, toffee, coffee, and a bit of roasted malt. There might be some maple syrup or brown sugar in there also...I can’t quite place that sweet aroma.
T: This is a very sweet beer initially, but finishes with a good roasty bang. There is also a bunch of dark chocolate in the middle. There is a bit of bitterness right in the middle that fades pretty quickly. I’m not sure if it’s from hops or the roasted malt.
M: This has a great body for the beer. It is very full bodied and very smooth. It has the consistency of motor oil which suits it nicely.
D: This is a bit sweet, but still a good beer. The ABV is a bit high, but I could knock back a couple or six before I had to pass out. The sweetness would get to me before the alcohol. However, it is still a good beer. Why does it have to be so hard to get?