cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Sticky pine and loads of catty Simcoe hops in the nose. Plenty of influence from the sticky-icky cousin of the hop for sure. Cocoa and roast push their way through after the hops have had their fun. Opaque brown/black, foamy thin head and spots upon spots of lacing. Sweet, filling and overly hoppy. Full bodied with a pleasant bitterness. Dry hopped to the extreme and the aggressive Simcoe is easily noticed. Evergreen with dark chocolate fudge, nuts and milk."
bigtaster (744) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in snifter. Pours jet black, almost no head. Aroma of hops, lots of dark burnt malts. This flavor is intense with a huge maltyness taking over your palate after the hops hits you. This one needs a few years, it’s too much too fast, too many flavors competing against each other rather than complimenting.
jb (2408) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is interesting and different - licorice, plastic, chocolate, a touch of coffee. Appearance is black thick and yet a very thick dark tan head. Taste is very pronounced hops, chocolate malt, grain, not super blended (this is a 3 month old bottle). Oily, different sort of Imperial. Complex - yes. Brilliant - no. Many better IS’s.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black; very light head. Incredibly hoppy aroma. I’ve never smelled a stout this hoppy before, and it smells great. Flavor is surprisingly leaning towards the sweet side, as in licorice. Besides that, this comes across much more as sweet (black) double IPA a la Devil Dancer or Burton Baton, than any imperial stout. This is good, although it is a little difficult to drink the rest of the bottle after the first glass.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Midnight black pour with very little head. Chocolate and roasted malt aroma, alcohol, vanilla, caramel, hops, and fine leather. The palate is silky smooth, lightly carbonated, with an aggressive finish. The taste is initially sweet with a bitting citrus hops middle, and an earthy and dry finish. This is an intense beer. Complex and rich. I would love to see what happens after aging a year or two.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - MAY 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2010 bomber "Bottles on 03/09/10). No snifter on hand right now, so had to use an oversized wine glass. The beer sits pitch black beneath a creamy espresso khaki head that holds pretty well and took and aggressive high pour to stir up. Nice lace too. The aroma is mostly of juicy hops with some slight roasty and chocolatey undertones. Extremely inviting. The flavor is less so. It also has a serious hop presence and less of a roasty presence (how do you make such a dark high abv IS and have such little roasty malt notes?). The thing that is killing this for me is the soy character, which is the last thing I want in ANY beer and which I perceive as the kryptonite of the Imperial Stout style. It is silky smooth and thick as whole milk on the palate with very little carbonation. Overall: I was really excited for this one and, after that look and the aroma, I was even more hyped. Its still a solid beer, but I just cant get over the soy character. (UPDATE) After getting pretty deep into my bomber, I have am not noticing the soy nearly as much. Its shaping up to be a very solid beer, though I may have a hard time finishing it. And how many calories am I taking in here?!?!
Strykzone (5337) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black and thick pour with a heavy tan head that doesn’t seem to recede. Aroma is not at all what I expected. It is passion fruit and grapefruit. Those hops start the flavor profile but soon give way to some decadent chocolate. So sweet and chocolaty this could be a dessert beer. Alcohol is definitely tasted. I wish it were a lower ABV. Still, what an amazing beer! So decadent and flavorful. Delicious.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served from a 22 oz bottle courtesy of a trade with awiseman01. The appearance matches it’s mysterious name with a glossed over midnight black. The aromas are full of deep roasted malts, hop esters, pineapple, chocolate, and a light smoke. The flavors really follow with the pineapple, grapefruit, hop characters really controlling the flavors. Nice notes of chocolate and oats too. The over hopped impy stouts come in go for my taste and on this day I wasn’t digging the clash as much as I do at times. Both the rich robust imperial stout flavors and the bitter and sweet hop flavors separated would both be fabulous beers. I picked up a second bottle to let some of the hops mellow out to ad some more notes later. Still a fine brew if in the right mood.
portableparty (2007) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour dark brown oil like with a quick tan head. Aromas of coco soy and booze. Taste bitter chocolate and soy with light coffee in the end. Palate is sticky and chaulky. A very nice beer, a good one for not using the barrel.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber. Pours a pitch black oil, with nice looking brown head, which lingers around a long time with nice lacing. Aroma of sweet resiny, piny hops, french vanilla, subtle herb complexities, alcohol. Mouth feel is a thick syrup. Initial attack reveals malts, rich dark chocolate tones, very dark but with pepper, bitter coffee roast, then sweetens into a subtle toffee like flavor. Quickly after follow the hops, which do the dominating, beginning with sweet resiny flavors, then to sharp pine flavors with alcohol presence, concluding with a long finish, which reveals hop tones more akin to spruce. A high level of complexity achieved here, though the alcohol isn’t masked. Overall a pretty fascinating imperial stout, though to be honest i probably won’t be back to it, as I prefer imperial stouts that are more silky and creamy in texture.