ACHops (895) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2013 Growler from the brewery. Pours inky dark brown with thin oily mocha head. Aroma is big roasty malts and a slight hint of coffee. Chocolate malts shine through, along with a substantial hop presence. Finish is a little harsh - heavily bitter with some funky notes. Nice thick body but the balance is a bit off here. Would do well with some barrel aging to smooth out these flavors. Now I just need to get my hands on some Kentucky Dark Star...
Update: revisiting on nitro @ the brewery 1 year later. Thick mocha (nitro) head. Chocolate and coffee notes much more prominent here. Balance is dialed too. This is an excellent Imperial Stout. Revising rating to reflect improvement (went from a 3.5 to a 4)
jbeatty (1145) - New York, USA - APR 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can, 04/22/2015. Pours a black color, dense frothy tan head sticks around for ages, lots of lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, notes of chocolate and vanilla add a touch of sweetness and depth to balance. Taste is chocolate, mild vanilla sweetness with coffee, roast and subtly spiced bitter finish, dry. Medium body with nice depth, somewhat creamy. Well done.
DrinkyCrow (93) - Washington, USA - APR 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Nice nose. A little boozy. Very nice, rich, malty, very nice oatmeal stout.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black (almost opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted/burnt grain, coffee, unsweetened chocolate), lightly hoppy (grapefruit, resin), with a note of charcoal, light note of blackberry.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Well shucks, this is pretty darn nice...itís a roast bomb to some degree, very charred and coffee-ish, but there are some other subtleties in there as well so itís pretty fun to sniff. And in the mouth it works well too...good balance and mouthfeel, enjoyable to drink. Has some minor rough edges and it isnít terribly exciting or full of depth, but itís a solid stout (I might not call this an Imperial stout, but no matter).
Beaver (1406) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a hige creamy tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate malt with a little roast.
The flavor is sweet chocolate malt and some coffee with a chalky roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, a nice amped up oatmeal stout.
onceblind (5152) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Inky black pour with a lush foamy khaki head. Roasty earthy and semisweet nose with a dark pseudo chocolate tone. Big flavor with oat smoothness, deep earthy chocolate, a semisweet black roastiness and a calm stouty black malt finish. A bit simplistic but tasty all the same.
Barreras (1160) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAR 19, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a black color with a light tan foam. Aroma of oatmeal malt. Taste is burnt oatmeal, malty backbone, with some coco notes. Flavor is a little burnt, with a deep bitterness in the aftertaste that lingers on the palate well after the swallow.
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[3/2/15] Draught at Fremont Brewing in Seattle. Black with brown foam. Roasty aroma with some coffee. Roasty flavor, rather sweet, with coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a bitterish and slightly ashy finish. Full-bodied. Very nice.
Errl (1897) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle..Pour is dark black with tan head...Nose is roast, chocolate, coffee, dry...Taste is chocolate, roast, spice, dry, coffee, dark and bold..
ryanfolty (2009) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
March 6, 2015 - can via trade. Dark pour with some head that faded quickly. Aroma was chocolate and grain. Taste was consistent with aroma, but had a roast that was almost smokey / ashy.
SudsMcDuff (6508) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
CaN, at work while washing kegs .. . Dark black .. Awesome cream foam .. . Dark roast, tar, creamed toast, and black gums .. . Perfectly balanced and utterly homicidal. Great beer! .. . . Why was vanilla ice so popular? You people forget about chocolate..? even strawberry is acceptable!?!