Dixonian (1549) - Plano, 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.
BoostIPA (1054) - Pouring Bus, 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 (1226) - 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 (4175) - 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 (74) - 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.
HighWine (932) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the frickin' brewery! Coffee aroma. Dark brown leather color. No head. Big coffee flavor with a well blended sweetness reminiscent of golden brown sugar. Flavor is roasty but not bitter. Not nearly the body I was expecting. Very good but I now realize that this isn't in the same scale as other big stouts with special release days like Dark Lord, Hunahpu's, or KBS. Still glad I got to try it on tap and am looking forward to getting some bottles to cellar.
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BOLTZ7555 (2656) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorites of the night shared by Sparky! Deep, rich, and complex. Godiva, Hershey, and Nestle are all present...vanilla, smoke, cocoa, coffee, ash, fudge, and brownie batter. Quite chocolatey. Decadent. Silky and smooth. Yum.
mikem409 (1457) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. pour is black no head. big cigar smoke aroma. taste is medium body some burnt sugar and lots of smoke
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 2010 bottle, #221/450, shared by badnewsbeers. Deep charcoal brown-black body, thin discontinuous light brown head. Inky nose with cocoa powder and molasses, smoky, rich, and rather dry. Powder, inky body with cocoa and coffee beans; ashy with milky sweetness. Good but not great.
peteinSD (1239) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a guy in Texas - thanks! Black with a froth of dark tan foam. Aroma is dry roast, chocolate, bitter coffee, chipotle, smoke, bacon, and spice. Smells amazing! Taste is heavy up front with the smoke, roast, and spice but then there is an odd counter-flavor or sweet, bland malt before returning to the spice and smoke. Mouthfeel is light and a bit creamy. The dry, smoke and spice infused aroma really blew me away but the actual taste of the beer has some odd quirks that require refinement. If they can clean up the body and tighten the flavors within the taste this beer will be really damn good.