BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick black pour with a foamy tan head that quickly fades. Aroma of molasses, raisins and alcohol. Syrupy molasses flavor at the start followed by a sharp bitterness and alcohol heat. Didn’t taste as much chocolate as I expected. Thick mouthfeel with an underlying tingly prickly carbonation. Another nicely crafted Goose Island brew.
markwise (4570) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Tooch4321 for this one in trade. Cheers, Adam! Pours imperial stout brown with a tan head. Nose is big chocolate, some booze, roasted malts, some plum/ dark fruit, and a bit of earth. Flavor is cacao all over with a bit of abrasive dryness in the finish along with some lingering cacao. Medium in body and chocolatey overall.
pushkinwow (2164) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber = 1 year or so old. Black, with a faint ruby ring at the edge of the glass that appears after the mocha head disappears. The hops have faded which to be honest I prefer. You get a nice sweet roasted malt, booze, anise. Full bodied, sweet, low carbonation, alcohol, fairly smooth considering, becomes nice and bitter, long finish with some malt, booze, chocolate and anise, great bitterness. Much prefer this with some time on it.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, roasting, some smoke, vanilla, slight soy, sugar-cookie, and a hint of alcohol. Poured pitch black in color with a tiny, loose, brown head that quickly disappeared, except for around the edges. Opaque. Very slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, tar, cacao, vanilla, light wood, chocolate. Medium body. Oily, slick texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, roast, slight soy, tar, wood, vanilla finish is slightly dry. 13%ABV is noticeable in the aroma but nowhere else.
Butters (3898) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful deep black pour with fair brown head. Sweet cocoa nose and flavor. Hint of marshmellow. Big chewy full body. Alcohol is present, but not hot. Probably would mellow even more with some age. This is truly a great impy stout.
JoeTheYounger (1155) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from fear025. Dark black pour with thin head. This was a nice sweet treat after a nice Sunday dinner. Tons of sweet chocolate and malts present with a bit of alcohol in the finish.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark mahogany with a thin head. Big aroma gives some clue to the big alcohol malt bill, boozy, with sweet chocolate. Flavor is boozy, with licorice, plums, and chocolate. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
JulienHuxley (3617) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice black pour with a ring of tan foam. Aroma is really on the roasted/toasty side, lots of burnt toast and chocolate, very nice. Taste is roasty but also sweet and fruity which I could have done without. Full body, medium carbonation with a nice gentle warming alcohol finish. Nice balanced IS, not too harsh.
omhper (20330) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Black, no head. Aroma of rain hitting hot dry asphalt. Full bodied with soft mouthfeel. Sweet and salty, pungent flavour if Finnish tar pastilles. Long bitter finish. While the tar flavour is truly pleasant it remains the only one in there.
Gription79 (2391) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: raisin, roasted malts, chocolate, boozy
T: lots of dark stone fruits, chocolate, boozy, sweet brandy like flavor
This is an Imperial stout for sure. A bit to sweet for me.