ACHops (669) - 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)
BBB63 (6011) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: near opapue with a small fading head. Lovely macadamia nut, wheat bread, chocolate covered raisin, herbal and flowery vapours. Twangy and nutty with lush sweet malts. Oily and smooth. Fun beer
beastiefan2k (2404) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler at brewery. I had this 3 years ago in a sampler as well. If memory is correct it remains similar and good. Very dark brown but looks a bit black. Tan head. For an "imperial" its rather easy. Aroma is nice roast with no harsh roast coming through. Fumey clean unsweet brownie as well. Very clean and relatively light palate with only mild acidity at the end of the flavor, blends with a mineral like, lightly spritzy finish. Flavor is low roast, clean unsweet brown malts. Very nice, softness of oatmeal is felt throughout. My hope is for even a less harsh finish with the mineral and acidity all at the end.
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ThirstyBird (1506) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JUL 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown/black with a dark tan head. The smell is dark malt, licorice, bourbon. The taste is big chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. The body is medium/full silly smooth with fine carbonation.
maxwelldeux (3542) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Pours a near black color with a moderate tan head on it. Nose is quite roasty with a fair amount of oats coming off it, and implying a slightly creamy sweetness as well. Taste was sweet with slight bits of vanilla in there for me, and roasty throughout. Nice and very smooth taste.
50belair (2212) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. Nitro!!!! Dark brown pour with light brown head. Dark roasted malt aromas. So smooth and creamy with dark roasted malts, oatmeal, and dark chocolate highlights. I know there’s no lactose, but the nitro tap just makes it so damn creamy. Very good...
Davhgbrew (936) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark roasted and chocolate along with alcohol. Dry and not too sweet with bitter chocolate. Awesome brew. Alc content is noticeable but by no means overbearing.
TimE (3123) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
not so sweet, lots of oatmeal roasted malt, med body alcohol well hidden. Very smooth silky. Excellent
pushkinwow (1996) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Dark brown with a brown head. Nice oatmeal and roasted hop profile, some bittersweet chocolate. Moderate+ carbonation, moderate body, becomes more bitter as it goes through the palate, easy to drink and reasonably well balanced.
AdamJackson (2524) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black and oily but bot viscous in texture pours with a sizable head
Nose is weak with a hint of roast and dark chocolate taste is interesting. It’s a very toasty stout, not warming but no barley additions were spared. I get some creaminess from the oatmeal, pretty high bitterness. Drinks close so a Sam smiths oatmeal stout plus some added booziness. It’s lacking something.
tourette (210) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2013
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not much on the nose, and not much head. Otherwise a blockbuster. Some bourbon notes, so I assume this was aged in barrels? Not sure about that. Coffee and roasty malts and a bit of cocoa. Thick and rich. Great stuff.