RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark roast, licorice and herbal hop aroma. Quite piney, hoppy flavor layered over more rich licorice and dark chocolate. Very tasty.
kennydiaz (353) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2010 Pours a nice jet black with a mild head. This is one the best beers in the world. Has a nice malty base with chocolate and coffee overtures but its the hops that make this beer one of the best. If you can find this one buy it you won’t be disappointed.
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
thanks to tarheels for this fresh beaut! pours black with a brown head, fairly small, would have like a lil more there. aroma is great, tons of fresh citrusy, pineapplish, earthy hops everywhere! yum! the taste is to match, just great, starts with a strong punch of hops to reckon with any iipa, then fades very nicely into a deep, sweet stout that you would expect. this beer is awesome, on par with other dark hop bombs like 09 darkness and alpha claus fresh. the hop profile is very nice, the base beer is of course great, and the hops allow an extra dimension temp wise too, this beer offers something slightly chilled.
drowland (6636) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at RBWG 2010. This is good. Sweet chocolatey stout characteristics but loaded with wonderful fresh hop flavor as well. Love it!
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma is big roast but bigger hops, sharp citrus cuts through the murkiness of deep carmelization. appearance is opaque with film head and little lacing. flavor is stinging bitter citrus smashing a hole in a cloud of darkness. doesnt exactly mesh at times but as the session goes on the palate adjusts and it certainly fulfills my daily requirement of hops.
bookman10 (716) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very thick, dark, oily black with little to no head (in my experience). Very complex set of flavors, including some chocolate, some coffee, and even something that almost verges on a grape soda-like flavor. A very sweet stout (almost too much so) but with excellent, silky mouth feel and a smooth finish. Worth a try, says Carl Kolchak!
thirdeye11 (5730) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bomber via trade with StFun) pours jet Black with deep tan head that’s large and oily. Nose of big citrus hops, cream, dark chocolate, fudge. Taste of very dark chocolate, cola, nuts, citrus hops, with a thick chewy body that’s oily slick and creamy. Burnt toast on the finish and loses carbonation quickly so drink it fast. Great impy!
tastybeer (1837) - Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Flavor is surprisingly light with a big hop presence. Enjoyable but not very well balanced.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour was very dark with a full dark tan head. Aroma was up front hop, citrus, spice, chocolate, and light coffee. Flavors were super well blended of roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, light bread, caramel, and a strong hop character making this an American Imperial Stout. Very nice blend of hop bitterness to the complexity of the stout. The body of the brew was very full and enhanced my perception of the beer greatly. Very nice job with this one.
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 4, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Oh God yes!! This imperial stout is exceptional. I am usually very opposed to a hopped up imperial stout. but the balance and finesse of this one is great. Finally a hopped up stout where the hops actualy gel with the rest of the beer.. Hats off to Goose Island.