dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
black, small tan head, lacy. mild malt nose. boozy flavor with chocolate notes, much better than the nose suggests. medium bodied, clean finish. the booze makes it special.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber, bottled on 03/06/10, thanks to Odeed for the bottle! Big thick deep brown with a 1/2 finger tan head, decent retention. Aroma wasnít quite what I expected. Licorice, roasted malt and light chocolate up front with lots of citrus and pinapple hops, as well as some cherry Ludenís and raisins. Flavor has some concentrated raisin juice and licorice again, though still has a ton of the pineapple citrus hops that had just a little underlying pine. I almost think I get some apricot as well. Did finish lightly burnt and smoky with bitterness peaking at a 3. Big full syrupy body with light carbonation. I was actually hoping for more with this beer, but it got a little sweet and reminded me of Batch 9000--apparently with BCS the barrel does a great job making this beer drier. That said, much more interesting than Bells 9000.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is probably the most unique beer Iíve had in a long time. Pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is largely juniper, candied sugar, light chocolate, dark fruit, and light alcohol. Taste is very smooth and creamy - light alcohol, light chocolate, piney hops, dark fruit. Quite unusual and hard to decipher. Oddly reminded me a lot of gin.
pete4999 (1433) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy of Decoman, but then they started selling it here, so I didnít even need to trade. I guess itís "as advertised - a hoppy black ale", but I prefer the stout flavor....roastiness, coffee, chocolate, etc. Almost none of that in this. It has the creaminess of a stout, but the hoppiness of a strong ale. Itís okay, but probably not something Iíd buy again, for the price.
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for sharing this bro! Pours a rich brown color with thin off-white head. Aroma is intensely hoppy...man...this thing is REALLY hoppy for an imperial stout. It has such a bright nose, almost like Hopslam. I also found bits of dark fruit, light chocolate and alcohol. Taste is bright, sharp citrus hops with a warm flow of alcohol, light spicy chocolate, rich chocolate and light caramel malt. Very enjoyable and different.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012 Original Rating (4/23/2010): 22oz bottle. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a very pretty lacing. Delicate and plentiful. Hot damn the aroma has tons of hops. Loaded with citrusy pines and juicy grapefruits. Behind the initial rush of hops is a good amount of caramel with a smooth, dark and milky chocolate richness. There is a bit of licorice booze to this as a light to moderate roast fills out the rest of the nose. Flavor is more the same. Tons of grapefruits and citrusy pines with more of that distinct, Bourbon County sweetness. Rich, smooth, sweet chocolates and plenty of caramel with a light roast that presents itself even more in the aftertaste. Finishes dry with a touch of booze and a somewhat resiny bitterness with plenty of hops. A bit smokey too leaving a lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full, very creamy body and soft, light carbonation. Overall, damn this is hoppy. There are a shit ton of hops in this, but still a sweet, round, and roasty body to balance. The Bourbon County base is clearly evident, which I love. Man, this is a hop headís impy. Iím aging a couple of these to see what happens when the hops recede (8,5,8,4,17).
Re-rate (10/21/2012): 22oz bottle from Binnyís Lincoln Park with a bottled on date of 03/06/10. Pours a pitch black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate and caramel, but there is still a good amount of muted citrus grapefruits and tangerines. The explosion of pines has clearly receded, but the remnants still remain. Some roasts, a bit of a tobacco note showing up after a couple years, and a light molasses note. Flavor is similar. Still lots of muted citruses with plenty of grapefruits, tangerines, and a bit of a melon aspect, but none of the pine that was there a couple years ago. The malts are still nice with a good amount of caramel and chocolate with touches of molasses showing up. Finishes with some roasts, a light coffee note, and a good amount of citrus. Mostly dry before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium-full, smooth, somewhat creamy body with a light carbonation. Overall, I wasnít expecting the intense pine hops to hold up after a couple years, but I was pleasantly surprised with the nice citrus aspect that remained. The caramel and chocolate malts are moderately sweet still with a bit of a molasses note showing up as this clearly displays the aged Bourbon County base. Still a decent roast backing as well keeping everything well integrated. Glad I held onto this for awhile...nice!
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to a fellow mug-clubber at Flossmoor Station for the taste. It pours a thick black body with a slender brown head. The aroma is roasty and smokey, dark malts with smooth chocolate and some dark dried fruit, all liberally seasoned with citrus and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is thick rather than creamy. The flavor has the addition of alcohol and an intensifying of the hops. More interesting than enjoyable.
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, doesnít 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 (1799) - 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 thatís not too expected with a beer of this size. Dug it.