sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with little beige head. Light roasted malt aroma with some coffee like notes. Flavor is roasted malt with hint of chocolate. Hops aren’t prominent but provide balance so it’s not too sweet. Light carbonation, nice mouthfeel, full but not to heavy.
thomas15 (689) - USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
fait chocolate and roast with fresh sweet hops in aroma.black and murky with little head that leave s little lacing. head is slight brown. full body equal parts roast and chocolate.
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2012 Smells like chocolate and coffee. Pours black with a tiny tan head. Hoppy and sweet taste with a hint of chocolate and coffee. Can?t tell it has such a high ABV. My favorite Free State beer.
beernbourbon (1394) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at STL RB gathering, thanks! Pour is dark brown and clear with a thin off-white head. Aroma and flavor are loaded with clean roasted malt, faint resinous hops and a light mineral water finish. Its very straightforward and solid. Clean.
high_on_hops (795) - Burlingame, California, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A solid black color with a tan head and lots of lacing. The aroma is mostly toasted malt with a bit of chocolate and coffee. The flavor has more hops in addition to the toasted malt and chocolate/coffee flavors along with a sweet and smooth aftertaste.
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phaleslu (7638) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle shared by jandd1983- thanks again, Doran! Pours a dark coffee brown with a small but lasting tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, earthy hops, dark fruits, and some rich, earthy, woody notes. Flavor of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, a little bit of ash, tobacco, and light molasses. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, roasty mouthfeel. So simple and so effective. Doesn’t try to do too much, and goes down very smooth and easy. Well done.
seymour (1684) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from bottle at the 2nd STL Ratebeer Gathering. Poured an almost opaque dark reddish brown color with moussy, persistent beige foam and lots of lace. The perfect beer appearance, in my opinion. Highly hoppy aroma, citrusy and earthy, as well as hints of bread, caramel, fruity ale yeast esters. 10 malts in the grainbill?! No wonder the flavor was so complex and multi-layered: bready, toasty, roasty, biscuity, spicy, with apricots, plums, raisins. Strong malt-sweetness with equally strong hops bitterness. Medium-heavy body, good carbonation, well-concealed alcohol, great bittersweet aftertaste. An accessible winter-warmer. Delicious.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - sampled at STL RB Gathering) Black with tan head. Roast malt aroma. Flavor is toasty malt, coffee, with a big hops finish.
vyvvy (4736) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at STL RB Gathering - Pours dark brown, but a little lighter color than most in the style, and has an off-white head. The aroma has mild roastiness, hints of cocoa, spicy green hoppiness and mild fruit. Medium body with a crispness for an impy stout and semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with roast, lively spicy hops, dry cocoa and spice. The finish adds a bit of mild char. Enjoyable impy stout that is easier to drink that most.
jandd1983 (3192) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It poured a black color with a beige head. The aroma was moderately sweet, with some cocoa and coffee. The taste was moderately sweet, with coffee, some roast, dark chocolate and light dark fruit. A decent Imperial Stout.