topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours black with a lingering brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasty malt, chocolate, and booze. Flavor is rich roasty malt, a bit of chocolate, coffee, and hops, alcohol showing in the finish.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours solid black with a decent brown head. Aroma is chocolate and juicy malt. Taste is lightly roasted malt, milk chocolate and vanilla. Thin creamy texture and a bitter coffee bean finish.
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black/dark dark brown with a thin caramel head. Aroma is kind of lacking. There are some malt notes in there and definite booze character. The taste is about the same with malts, some chocolate, booze, mocha. Smooth finish. Complex and nice. I served too cold tho... Iíll re-rate after I try it again
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Belmont. Looks great - dark black with a nice thick down brown head that lasts. Aroma - strong malts with a noticeable alcohol presence. Flavor - Good, not amazing. A little strong on the alcohol. Dark malts with notes of chocolate that lead to a rather bitter finish. Something about it though that I donít love. Altogether, still good. Palate is great - thick and smooth and fun to drink. Pretty good imperial stout.
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy of After4ever, thanks Tom!! This beer is pitch black and the head is dark brown, creamy and lasting. The aroma has notes of chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and a touch of dark fruit Ė it is very, very alluring!! The slightly sweet flavor has a roasted bitterness and notes of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, light dark fruits and the finish is slightly bitter. It is intense, but also very pure in all notes, extremely well balanced and harmonic and itís vinous in a very nicely balanced way, never dominating, just as a piece of the entire and extremely well tasting puzzle.... Iím in love!
sdurham1662 (2) - ellisville, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent Imperial Stout here. 2009 Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. WOW... Chocolaty, Roasted malts, a little coffee. Extremely smooth for being so fresh and 10%! Awesome beer, world class.
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at the stable in downtown stl. Pours blackier than black. Roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Smoothest imperial stout Iíve ever had. More it warmed up the better it got. Nice warming alcohol feel
RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2010 i rated this one third tonight behind mikkeller weasel and espresso oak aged yeti. bitter, coffee, but nicely balanced. good beer.
REVISITED 10-15-10.. Dark brown head, very thick and creamy. Lots of roast.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours a thick and black body with a thin, brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light, delicate lacing. Aroma is quite complex. Chewy caramels, lots of rich and dark chocolates, roasted coffee, molasses, cinnamon rolls doused in frosting, figs, burnt raisins, and a good amount of citrus pines and florals. Very nicely balanced with nothing taking ownership. Fantastic aroma. Flavor seems to lack the complexity of the aroma, but its still very nice. Greeted with a lightly dusted rich and dark chocolate, a light ashy roast, and a good amount of sweet and chewy caramel malts. Some wood and vanilla as well as a burnt raisin come in during the middle before this finishes with a good amount of citrus, some coffee, a light grape, and a light bitterness that dries this and leaves plenty of aftertaste. Creamy, medium to full body, slightly syrupy, mouth coating, and eligantly carbonated. Overall, a really impressive impy. My favorite part of this beer is the all-around balance. Every flavor and aroma seems to take as much of a role as the next one. This is definitely a big, bold, and complex beer. Well done.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This pours like motor oil. Thick, black and viscous. I like. Thin, dark chocolate colored head of foam, which dissipates quickly. Lacing is spotty, but good.
Smells of big, dark roasted malts. Fair amount of dark roasted coffee notes and light scents of dark chocolate. Slight hint of booziness. Slight sweetness.
Smells warm and inviting.
Taste follows the nose. Big, dark roasted malts are, once again, out in front. Nice chocolate and dark coffee presence. Nice, light, hops kiss on the end. Lighter hops presence than expected, thankfully, at 90 IBUís.
At a time where Stouts are all going íover the topí, this one is refreshingly well-balanced. Not that Iím against íover the topí, mind you. Itís just nice to have a good, solid, well-balanced stout, every now and then.
Nice medium body. Actually would expect, and like, this to be a little thicker in body. Smooth and creamy, with a touch of slick oiliness. Would love for this to be a bit on the ícheweyí side.
With the excellent balance this beer offers, I find it to be very drinkable. The 10%ABV will keep you from downing multiples, in a single session. The ones that you do get down, though, will be thoroughly enjoyed.