sebletitje (6819) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark brown, light tan head.
Aroma and flavors, very thin hop touch, mostly malt and chocolate, thick palate with grainy finish. Dry-hopping adds a nice mild bitterness to this beer.
Overall is a perfect balance of booze, stout profile balanced out with lots of hop goodness.
Narnad (1464) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark black with a nice dense, deep tan head that fades down fairly fast. Aroma has a very hefty chinook/centennial creating a hard weedy bitterness with a bit of citrus mixed in with a strong roasted note following the hops and includes notes of coffee, chocolate and some burned malt character. Flavor has a very strong hop leafy bitterness up front that stays for about a 1/4 of the tasting. This bitter bite fads to a coffee and then chocolate and smoke malt flavor with it finishing with some sweet prune and licorice notes. Body is very, very heavy with the texture having an extremely oily and slick feeling from all of the sugars. Carbonation is higher but very fine with just enough to leave a decent lacing on the glass. Overall a fantastic brew! Truly an imperial stout with a great combination of strong hopped bitterness that compliments the very complex malt flavors found within the brew.
mjmcend (209) - USA - MAR 17, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is of crisp hops with some chocolate and a bit of smoke. Dark with a thin tan head. Taste is of chocolate, caramel, and with dry hops that fade quickly to a semi-sweet malt. Great Beer. Seems closer to a Cascade Black IPA which I donít have a problem with.
monkeychugg55 (884) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark viscous brown with a small, light brown head. The aroma is, of course, very hoppy, with a definite Simcoe presence. Itís also got a lot of heavy roast, chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor is rich and burnt, with a long, hot, hoppy, bitter finish. Very thick, with lively carbonation. Definitely a slow sipper, but very enjoyable.
Pailhead (4900) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: The aroma is loaded with citrus and piney hops along with some chocolate, molasses, fruit, and faint roastiness. The aroma definitely leans towards the Black IPA/IIPA with a tad more sweetness. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a large tan head with decent retention. The flavor starts sweet with lots of chocolate, molasses, and light fruit. The finish has lots of citrus hops (grapefruit and orange), light pine, light roastiness, and just the slightest hint of coffee. As hoppy as it is, itís still pretty sweet and not all that bitter. The 11.7% is hidden very well. Medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and silky/creamy mouthfeel.
FSUScott (111) - Rome, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
great dark brown color. very roasted coffee aroma. tangy and warm. great smooth feel with a bit of heat at the end.
Frank (2930) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, I expected this to be hoppy but this is well into IIPA levels here. Very deep brown, almost black. Tan head w/ lasts as a ring. Spots of lace. Fruity, sweet orange hop aroma w an edge of pine. Chocolate and roast flavors are there but definitely take a back seat. Texture is light for an imperial stout of this gravity and light, fluffy carbonation adds to this. Flavorwise, this is sort of a muddle of hoppy IPA and roasty stout flavors: coffee, orange, chocolate. Rather sweet but not heavy. Really good beer, especially the aroma, but there is a delicate balance that is not quite achieved--close though..
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is by far one of the hoppiest RIS i have ever had,or is it cascadian black ipa what ever it is, Iím renaming it alpha stalker because it reminds me a lot of alpha king with its hop taste of grapefruits the best thing about this is i didnít buy it a friend bought it over, I would like to try it 5 years from now just to see how it aged as of right now the hops are all i can really pick up very over powering all you hop heads this one for you
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1!! - Pours deep and dark dark brown with a small tan ring of a head...aroma is full of cocoa malt, astringent coffee and char, light hops...flavour is similar, bitter chocolate, astringent from both the bitterness and hopping, it lingers...hot and bold, interesting stuff!
jake65 (2680) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 6, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - thanks to JohnGalt1. Near black pour with a thin brown head. Nose is noteably floral hops, some hints of the abv. Thick and creamy mouthful is a real treat. Sweet with molasses, licorice, some oak. The floral hops really stand out. Really intense. I didnít really see this getting a 4.0 rating, but after the fact this really was pretty damn good. If you like hoppy impys, this might be your bag.