arminjewell (8752) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, big thanks for the share from clevar! Pour was dark brownish black with creamy tan head, aroma brought notes of some dark fruit, chocolate, lots of roasted malt but mainly smoke and bacon-type notes, hints of wet coffee grounds in there as well. Taste is very smoke forward, with dark fruits in there as well going into chocolate and coffee notes, bittering roast and earth round it out with another slight hint of smoke. Nice stuff, but definitely a smoky brew!
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from my main man down in Texas, and shared with some good friends. Thanks hopper! Pour is a dark black with a fairly dark fizzy mocha head that fades quickly to no lacing. Aroma is HUGE smoke some boozy figs and other dark fruit, a bit of caramel, a bit of coffee and chocolate. Taste is overpowering smoke at first, but after the first few sips this mellows out to more woody dark fruit, chocolate, coffee. Slightly thin finish. Not quite what I was expecting, I think the smoke really puts it in a category other than IS...perhaps "Smoked beer"?
Sammy (9823) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very smooth drinker. Average mouthfeel but dangerous drinker. Great flavours cover the booziness. Brown coloured body with a creamy foam. Complex, with smoke the pleasant hook in the smell and in the taste.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by phaleslu. Thanks peter! bottle number 25/450. Pours pitch black with a light tan ring for a head. Aroma is smoke, chocolate, coffee and molasses. Flavor as a bit more smoke, coffee, dark chocolate and molasses. Has a nice smokey and roasty mouthfeel.
50belair (3030) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2011 vintage shared by atxdelivery. Dark brown/black pour with a light brown head. Smoke, bitter chocolate, and coffee aromas. Very smokey with bitter chocolate and deep roasted malt flavors.
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage. Bottle #157 of 450. Poured into a snifter.
4.0 A: Black color. Two plus fingers of fairly dense creamy light brown head. Retention is average and a small ring of lacing.
4.5 S: It’s been a while since I’ve smelled a stout that smells this good. Actually, this smells more like a porter. An almost bacon-like smokiness manifests first followed by a peaty roastiness. Cocoa powder and coffee are next. The peat gives a sourish twang (this is not infected). Earthy and sweet at the same time.
4.0 T: I think this is the first stout with a peaty component that integrates the flavor well into the whole beer. Peat and smoke are the prominent flavors in this by a good margin. Caramel, molasses, and earthy hops. Coffee and chocolate are next with a drying roastiness on finish.
4.5 M: Slightly heavier than medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and smooth. Usually I like a bit more body on IS’s, but this works for this beer.
4.0 D: A unique, surprising treat. I liked this a lot. Well crafted and interesting and didn’t need a barrel to impress me.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-27-2011 02:26:55
phaleslu (7825) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from a buddy in Texas- thanks, Brian! 2010 vintage. Bottle 25/450. One of the best labels I’ve ever seen on a beer. Pours an opaque dark brown with a small beige ring for a head. Aroma of rich coffee, dark chocolate, toast, molasses, earth, and some smoke. The flavor is smokier, but still not overpowering with it in the least; dark chocolate, coffee, nuts, peat, and molasses. Medium-full bodied, with a smoky, roasty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Excellent imperial stout and the smoke character is done so well.
Ughsmash (7407) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from 2009, I believe. Poured deeper brown with a short-lived, but easily-resuscitated smoked tan head. The aroma picked up burnt dark chocolates, black patent, and coffee malts accented by ashy smoke, vanilla, and a hint of diacetyl.. alcohol was well masked. The flavor found more well-roasted black patent maltage than anything else.. milk and darker chocolates plus coffee (just the roasty aspects) as well.. more vanilla and buttery notes too.. finished with smoky roast, a touch of malty sourness, and dry, peppery alcohol warmth. Medium-bodied, dry, and a bit grainy on the palate.. warmth found the right places.. OK feel and flow, but not great. This was a decent stout, but it didn’t blow me away in any regard.
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Papsø. Vintage 2010, bottle 319/450. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocoalte and coffee aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty chocoalte and coffee finish.
TheEpeeist (3582) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with tan foam. Nose is chocolate, soy, molasses and hay. Medium to full body with a buzz. Taste is espresso, prune and dark chocolate. Good stout, lacking some complexity.