ACHops (989) - 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)
drjay44 (3034) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, tiny bubbled, beige head, with extensive lacing, over a clear, very dark brown (SRM 35) body......nose is heavy roasted malts, with coffee, chocolate notes, tobacco, also including hints of plum, raisin, slight sweetness, light resin notes from the hops, no esters, balance to the malts......taste is lactose sweet, with tobacco, chocolate and coffee from the roasted malts, light plum, raisin, finishing with a light hop and roasted malt bitterness, minimal esters, malts dominant......mouth feel, medium body, slightly sticky, creamy from the oatmeal and carbonation, alcohol warmth present. This is neither as big nor complex as the best in the style. It is a well made, good tasting, beer that is more of an Sweet Oatmeal Stout than a plain old Imperial Stout. To correct to a more typical Imperial, perhaps more base malts and a bit more caramel/crystal would help, but then the hops would haave to be strengthened. BJCP 9/3/13/4/7
OldMrCrow (2197) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can that has been sitting in my fridge for at least six months. Today the temperature dropped below 70 degrees for what feels like the first time in months and so a dark beer wasn’t entirely out of the question.
Dark star crashes, pouring its light into ashes, which, presumably, were used to flavor this one.....
Sorry, I was just interrupted by my daughter who had found a video of a cockatoo dancing to Elvis. Which, by the way, was far more entertaining than this beer or most beers, for that matter. Google it. But yeah, your typical "session imperial stout", not mega imperial, plenty tasty, whatever, whatever. No flaws, just not really my thing.
Lukaduke (2737) - Gray, Maine, USA - JUN 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can shared thanks to JBPortland. Pours a deep burnt umber color with a finger of khaki foam. Soft oats, cocoa dusted grain, chewy malts, hint of vanilla and spent coffee grinds.
JBPortland (1254) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz can pours oily dark black brown with 2 finger dark tan head. Nose is bitter dusty dark chocolate and some wet brownie. Taste has light but not thin mouthfeel, some roasty brownie and bitter chocolate, wet coffee, char. Finishes with some round dark fruit, earthy dark coffee and baker’s chocolate, semi sweet cocoa. Enjoyable.
ajnepple (3765) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz single can from Molly’s Spirits. Black appearance with a big light brown head and sticky lacing. Aroma of roasted grain, bitter chocolate, black malt, light coffee and light earthy hops. Similar flavor, with a mild to moderate roasted bitterness and notes of licorice and molasses. Medium to full body with a lingering finish. Solid stout overall.
rejtable (1857) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro tap at brewpub. Pours black with lots of tan head and lots of lacing. Nose is coffee, vanilla. Flavours same, plus dark fruit and oatmeal. Taste medium/big sweet, medium bitter. Very creamy body with light carbonation.
That1Guy (2085) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz can with a date 02/05/15. Pours pitch black with a slim tan head. Get initial aroma of DMS, roast, coffee, and ash tray. Ashy coffee in the flavor, with some more corn husk kinda flavor.
pictoman (812) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12 fl oz can. Near black with tan head. Dominant coffee aroma. Taste is a more subdued coffee with considerable oatmeal, subtle chocolate, alcohol is unnoticeable.
BeerFunGuy (861) - California, USA - APR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is dark black with very little head a coffee aroma and chocolate flavor. Very well done indeed.
fcjack1 (249) - Washington, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from world beers. Pours black. Thin tan head. Scent is malty, black licorice. Taste is some chocolate, dark cherries. Tasty.