John25 (562) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from memory from 1/3/14 at a GI bottle share -- Bottled 12/7/12. poured black with a tiny tan head, aroma of strong cocoa and mocha with some sweet caramel/sugars, a little cherry. Taste follows aroma with some bitterness. Full body mouthfeel, smooth. It held up well with a year on it. Pretty good.
trapped (825) - New York City, TURKEY - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drought. Dark brown with reddish tint, small foamy beige head, sweet caramel like taste with strong mocha and sour cherry aroma, long bitter finish. The sweet and bitter tastes seem to coexist without mingling well. Could be better.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: pours near black. Transient foam production is mocha and disappears before I could type this. Pretty much a black mirror surface. No lace.
S: Chocolate, molasses, alcohol and dark cherries. Some hints of vanilla.
T: More of the same. Starting to wonder why they made this. Just tastes like Nightstalker with 18 months on it. Just a little less molasses and a little more cocoa.
M: Thick with high carbonation. Semi dry finish.
O: Well, this doesn’t have near the chocolate I would expect. Too much molasses/dark brown sugar. Doesn’t fit the bill for the description. That being said, it’s not a bad beer, just not something I will be seeking in the future.
Serving type: bottle
troupos40 (67) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber to shifter, rich Chocolaty aromas. Sweet on the tongue, rates of cocoa, chocolate and malts. Very nice stout, lots of chocolate.
gruberm (329) - - DEC 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely chocolate cherry smell. Handsome dark ale and an effervescent caramel head
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Doghair (258) - Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What is there to say? Huge coffee and bourbon flavors. Chocolate, caramel, molasses and roasted malts to name a few. Outstanding!
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Boastful chocolate leads to alcohol burn in this rich dessert of an Imperial Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the blackness.
-The flavor profile could be tighter.
-Roasted malt bitterness rides the alcohol wave in the finish.
-This isn’t as complex as I like my mammoth Impys.
Travlr (12286) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Extremely dark brown color, dark brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of Hershey bars dipped in edpresso. Taste is smooth coffee, vanilla, cocoa. Very nice.
Bamsen78 (3225) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Scooper Tasting in Ulfborg. Pours cloudy nearly black with small tan head. Clear aroma of coffe, malt, and chocolate. Sweet flavour of malt and dark chocolate, with notes of cofee and clear touches of alcohol. Good, distinct finish of oak barrel aged beer. Very nice.
Meilby (7752) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750ml @ fonefan
Pours clear dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, cacao and hint of alcohol. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long chocolate and cacao finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.