kermis (5870) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to iphonephan. Pours near black with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, licorice, light coffee and toffee. Flavour is medium to heavy sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
jcwattsrugger (11277) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@RBWG-JAX Grand Tasting-12oz bottle-lt tan-brown. A-med malt-roasty. T-med malt-roasty, hop bite. Plenty of carbonation.
Iphonephan (3712) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 oz bottle at home. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of prunes and toasted nuts. Flavors of plum, licorice and chocolate. Creamy and viscous mouthfeel. Smooth finish. Tasty.
BOSSbrewer (2066) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a good and well balanced Imperial Stout but was a bit too heavy on the roasted malts for my liking. Had in Lawrence.
Boutip (4917) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a dark black color stout with a rather large brown foamy head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with roasted malt is dominant. Taste is also quite dry with some coffee notes with roasted malt with light bitter black chocolate notes. Body is a bit thin for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This is a middle of the road offering with quite dry aftertaste that is veering into astringency.
nuplastikk (4741) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle generously gifted from the Free State crew post GTMW 2013. I’m really digging this beer, very sublime and easy going for the style these days, no overwhelming bourbon or oak or champagne yeasts or whatever. Clean chocolate body, some mild minty hops..sort of walks a similar path as a big Black IPA, but less hoppy and leans into the creamy, oily rich malt tones. Caramel, cocoa, black coffee. Easy going and quite enjoyable.
M82 (336) - Kansas, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An easy going Imperial Stout with all the classic flavors clearly pronounced over a highly quaffable body which came together to remind me of Bear Republic’s Big Bear Black
A black body, which verges on über dark brown, supports a desaturated light khaki, tight to lightly frothy head quickly settling to a solid ring and a few thin peninsulas of lace
Black licorice, dates, chocolate, roasty coffee, and citrus notes are expressed as a nicely balanced bitter-sweet experience on a surprisingly light body with solid carbonation for the style which resonates and builds creamy layers of roast and restrained citrusy hops
12oz notched best by Month 10 Week 5 at 55º into 13.25oz Luigi Bormioli Michelangelo Napoleon Brandy snifter
crossovert (8153) - Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Seemed to hide its abv impeccably. A very soft and chcolatey imperial stout.
decaturstevo (5260) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour with creamy tan head and lace. Aroma of light milk chocolate and light coffee. Flavor matches aroma. Medium bodied but a tad thin.
peteinSD (1414) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bob - thanks! Pours black with a ring of tan foam and steady carbonation. Nice aroma with dense, fudge chocolate, roast, light coffee, and some heavier dark fruit aspects with a trailing edge of hop bitterness. Taste is heavy on the roast with chocolate and raisin notes. Also seems like molasses with hop bitterness. Smooth, coating mouthfeel. Straight ahead imperial stout - very nice.