TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle acquired via Chad. Thanks, dude! Shared with my brother-in-law. Pours a big deep opaque black pour, midnight hues are dark and inviting, touches of ruby brown edges are slight. A frothy light brown head atop settles as a mellow layer, sticks around ok and laces well. Aromas are cocoa and toast, roasty and coffee, some gentle smokey wood. Touches of ash and cocoa, caramel and toffee. Gentle roast, toast, a bit of creamy silky sweetness. Initial is medium bodied, a bit thinner than I expected. Good smokey elements, wood and cherrywood malts, some ash and dark fruit. Gentle cocoa, caramel, and biscuits. A bit thin in body overall. Into the middle some pretzel, sweeter chocolate, toffee, silky malts. Backend shows more lingering smoke and cocoa, sweeter coffee elements. Wood and cherrywood, kiss of meaty campfire but a bigger cherrywood feel. Finish is smokey, a bit thin, cocoa, gentle sweetness, darker malts, some roast and cocoa. Solid, too thin, cherrywood smoke takes over. Meh. Solid offering, dissappointing from an Imperial Stout standpoint and not quite my bag for a Smoked offering either. Ok.
kathouse (572) - Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown with red tints and light tan head. Aroma of fruit and expresso. Alcohol is apparent balanced by fruit maltiness. Sweet dry finish.
phredrik (986) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yet another of too many consequitive days of beer drinking. Looks like an imperial stout. Aroma is hard smoke, tobacco, chocolate, tons of hard roasted malts, raisins, burnt toast, a hint of cherry. Taste is overly roasted, a lot of acrid roastiness, sour maltiness, ashes, cigarette butts (for authentic bar ambience), some cherry-like malt sweetness. Very unfocused and unbalanced malt profile, making a quite messy beer. Men can look like women, be careful out there, bro.
Huhzubendah (1980) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer is dark brown with an oily beige head. The aroma brings a lot of smoke with additional notes of vanilla. Really interesting aroma. Unique for the style. Sweet, with a lot of vanilla flavor. Chocolate, roast. Medium to full bodied. An enjoyable beer. Would definitely have again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-14-2011
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 draught. Nose is chocolate, caramel, and smoke. Black with a wispy thin brown head. Smoke dominates. Heavy with chocolate edges. Smoke just takes over and penetrates. More rauchbier than stout. But oh so good.
Dixonian (1470) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black brew with a good amount of tan head. Nose is decadent - smoky, chocolaty, roasted. Flavors are big with a smooth finish.
BlackIPA (716) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark like black ink, looks thin though. 2 finger brown head. Aromas of roast, bitter malt, black tea. Very thin mouthfeel. Surprisingly, not very sweet which is always good. Got some chocolate milkshake going on, along with some light roasting and hoppiness. Very light in the mouth, but also has a slight creaminess to it. Pretty solid overall.
Beerenberger (787) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A roasted malts, smoke, with notes of bitter coffee and chocolate nose. An opaque black pour with a foamy tan head and no lacing. Taste follows the nose - roasted malt, smoke, bitter coffee with notes of chocolate. Full bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall, this is a brew I look forward each year and it never disappoints.
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markwise (3803) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle generously shared by GatorGuy92. Cheers, Matt! Pours a medium stout brown with a tan head. Nose is roasted malts, some smoke, some dark chocolate, and some earthy hops. Flavor is similar with big hops, roast, smoke, and almost peaty earth. Medium in body and lingering roast and earth in the finish.
3sheets2wind (45) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at freetail. Served way too cold. Once it warmed up, it shows a nice smoky and coffee flavor. Black/Garnet red with no head and little lacing. A bit boozy and slightly sweet. Decent bitterness and a good mouth feel. This is a solid imperial stout. Closest comparison would be yeti from great divide.