Prufrockstar (1647) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2015 Blind RIS experiment [Sample 12 of 20, 4/27/2015]
Poured by Summer. Normal dark brown, good clarity, small ring of tan head that sticks around; minimal lacing. First pass at the aroma is pleasing chocolate - very much on the chocolatey side. But Iím not willing to accept one adjective, so I just keep on sniffing and sniffing. Given enough time, I can add light roast and an alcohol bite. Mellow nose I guess. Fuck it, time for me to put this in my mouth. Taste brings more bitter roast coffee than expected. Lightly sweet chocolate (think: bakers chocolate spiked with the smallest dash of caramel). Palate: Medium body, chalky texture that verges on being a little too thin; average carbonation. Lasting finish is chalky, dry, roasty bitter with just enough sweetness to remain tolerable, but not enough to make it all that pleasurable. Overall: I had high hopes when I first smelled this, but by the end it goes into the "meh" pile.
Guess: Not Ten Fiddy, not Mikkeller, not Raspy, not Evil Twin, Not Expy. Not Storm King. Probably not Narwhal. So I guess one of the others.
Would pay: not much. A tad too boring to want to repeat, even though thereís nothing exactly "wrong" with it.
(3/19/2013) Draft at Fremont.
Appearance: Jet black, tan foamy head.
Aroma: Sweet, milky, chocolate and roast.
Taste: Chocolate, sweet with some roasted bitterness but for the most part the sweetness comes through.
Palate: Extremely smooth and creamy, chewy. Soft carb, fully body.
Overall: Iíve had this several times. Itís solid and tasty, but never really leaves much of an impression on me.
nealblind (1292) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown pour. some tan head. Aroma coffee, grains, lactic creamy dark roasts. Tastes coffee, char, very dark for a oatmeal stout. slight lactic caramel. slight woody tanins. watery like palate noticeable heat and alcohol. Flavor is a bit mild compared to aroma.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Black pour, moderate to large light brown head, fairly nice lacing.   Soft sweet
roastiness on the nose, seems like some oatmeal.   Has a slight lactose like sweetness as well.   Smooth,
roasty, light sweetness, a touch of ash or campfire.   Not real thick, but seems to have a silky texture.
Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Mineraly finish.   Otherwise clean, silky, flavorful and easy to drink a
full pint of.   Seems more like a larger Oatmeal Stout to me.   Decent.
drjay44 (3091) - 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 (2215) - 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 wasnít 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 (2793) - 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 (1296) - 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 bakerís chocolate, semi sweet cocoa. Enjoyable.
ajnepple (4082) - 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 Mollyís 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 (1932) - 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 (2106) - 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 (829) - 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.