BluePhish (93) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours midnight black with a nice mocha-colored head with a bit of retention and lacing.
Nose is smokey, almost meaty, with roasted notes, milk chocolate, candied-raisins, and a very slight metallic twinge.
Taste is obviously malty, with definite chocolate notes, a hoppy characteristic as well though, finishes with bitter cocoa and hops as well. An interesting combo.
Palate is extremely creamy, coating the mouth without feeling sticky, alcohol is balanced, doesn’t come off as hot. Carbonation seems fine.
Overall a good stout but not a great one for me, something slightly odd int he aroma and a bit lacking in depth in the taste department, still, very drinkable and pleasant overall.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 22, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
nice looking beer but the flavor and aroma was to hoppy/smokey for me.Another one down the drain unfortunately.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a dark tan head and minimal lacing. Nose has lots of sticky malts with a nice balance of earthy hops, and a big dose of citrus in the finish. A bit of heat, too. Flavor has more heat than the nose, but balances it out with hops and roast, and a semi-sweet finish. Full-bodied and not terribly drinkable, but that’s not too expected with a beer of this size. Dug it.
Zeswaft (1439) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nowadays I rarely drink imperial stouts and now I think I remember why. I can feel myself getting fatter while drinking this. This a tasty, albeit overwhelmingly, sweet and intensely rich stout. Syrupy and almost too sweet. Luckily there is a noticeable helping of hops to balance this out. My sister sent me two of these for my 26th birthday. I’m gonna lay one down for a few months and let it mellow out. Zeswaft scale Flavor 9, Value 7 It’s hard to justify $10 for a bomber but it did get me wobbly.
deyholla (7636) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with a very think dark brown head. Aroma has clear notes of hops with an undertone of roasted malts and dark dried fruits. The flavor begins with a flavor of alcohol, but notes of pine hops as well as dark fruits and roasted malt grow throughout the beer.
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried this in 2010 - bottle was 2010 and it needs more time in the bottle. Very boozy and had a strange oder to it. Taste was good and very hoppy.
argo0 (11913) - Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Small tan head atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some milk chocolate, roast, grapefruit, light anise, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, orange, some grapefruit, light roast, alcohol warming. Grapefruit becomes more pronounced in both aroma and taste as the beer warms. Anise and some cherry creep in too. Grapefruit/orange hop burp. Smooth medium-full body, dangerously easy drinking. Damn, they aren’t kidding about the dry hopping. If Goose Island called this an IIBA, I couldn’t argue with them.
drfabulous (4548) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing hoppy aroma that deceives. Lots of alcohol in that aroma. Blind folded, I wouldn’t know I’m about to drink a stout. Rich, thick, creamy chocolate taste. A bucket of simcoe here. Simcoe pretty much fixes everything (the way foodies think bacon does). I need to let it mellow a bit in the glass. Very boozy. A pretty complex and in your face stout for a company partly owned by In-Bev.
jtw (1138) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, pouring a thick inky black with a fleeting electric tan head. amazingly green and hoppy aroma, cascade or centennial and bourbon blend together and make it very inviting, with a hint of alcohol heat behind. slightly boozy imperial stout but a miraculous fusion of hops and roasty malt and alcohol - clean yeast profile and a full body. impressive brew, much better than the bourbon county.
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I wanted to age this, but I couldn’t resist after Pat’s recommendation. Pours thick with almost no head. Looks intimidating. Aroma is very approachable. Plenty of floral hoppy notes along with chocolate. Thick on the palate, and coats the mouth. Flavor is hoppy, but it cuts through the rich chocolate malts. Very smooth, and the alcohol is hidden. Excellent beer.