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 (3789) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - 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 (20444) - TyresŲ, 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 (2407) - 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.
SudsMcDuff (6403) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep thick black .. . medium foam .. light lacing .. . tons of tar, with oil and sweet roasty molasses .. . needs a couple of years to be great, iíll revisit .. . . this is outrageous, get me the mayor!
thornecb (4663) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Mocha head recedes to hint rim. Sour dark chocolate aromas. Hot dark chocolate and espresso upfront turning to dank resin in the lasting finish
nickd717 (3594) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Very dark brown with minimal head. Sweet roast and chocolate aroma with some dark fruit notes. The flavor is good but a tad weak. Roasty with dark fruit and dark chocolate. A bit vinous. Medium-plus bodied with low carbonation. Nit great overall, but good for BMC I guess.
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz, bottled 03/25/11, courtesy of blutt59) Pours an opaque black body with a spare tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, and vanilla. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel.
DialSquare (3113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Samples up at Proof (sorry, didnít get down who brought it). Sparse notes: big warm cocoa sweet - leather - light coffee - earthy floral - 7.0
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ported from BA.
Dark dark brown, close to black, with just a tinge of brown along the edges. A little more brown is visible when itís up to the light, but itís still pretty dark. Not much head, less than a finger total when poured into a snifter. Nothing much to be said for lacing.
Chocolate and milk (chocolate milk?) predominate, with espresso and booze in the background, finally giving way to an oakiness that I have never experienced before. If you just smell lightly, thereís a kind of licorice character to it which is very pleasant.
Itís like a more explosive experience of the smell. Chocolate and a milkiness come first, and suddenly youíre hit by the booziness of it all. Then you get some coffee beans, followed by an oak flavor that almost seems more like a texture than a taste. There is a subtle bitterness in the background that tastes as much like coffee as hops.
Low carbonation, and full. It coats your mouth, but doesnít stick as long as many other imperial stouts, which serves to entice the drinker to have another sip.
Overall: This is a really solid stout, definitely placing itself in my personal top 5 list. Itís not entirely a unique flavor, but definitely superior to most that I have encountered in the current market. If I find it at another store, or if it becomes an annual brew, I will definitely purchase more.