ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reviewed 1/1/2013. Bottle says 11.5%. 22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger light tan color with poor retention. Thereís splotchy hints of lacing left down the glass.
S: Hey, someone misplaced catty Simcoe hops in my imperial stout! That green, citrusy aroma is unmistakeable. Underlying roasted malts, tart fruits, and cocoa powder try to balance things out, but thereís something oddly medicinal in the nose. Please donít carry over to the flavor...
T: Itís not as harshly bitter as I feared...actually, itís too far in the opposite direction; more on that later. A bit of roasted coffee appears initially, before ending with a lot of bright fruit sweetness and a bit of booze. The finishing hops bring along a significant grapefruit presence - actually, the finish is downright candy like in its sweetness combined with the chocolaty, fruity flavors. Itís just like biting into chocolate-covered grapefruit. Without a doubt, itís too sweet at the end of the day - I really need some roasted bitterness here (if not some herbal, piny hop qualities too) to balance out the citrusy/chocolaty nature. A bit of hop harshness appears when the beer warms up, which doesnít balance things any.
M: A bit thinner and more carbonated than I expected from the base of BCBS. The finish is quite sweet and lingering, which kind of kills the drinkability in conjunction with the booze presence. Despite the sweetness, it doesnít feel sturdy or substantial like it should.
O: Not what I was expecting. This comes across like a glorified citrus-and-chocolate dessert liquor instead of an awesomely balanced hoppy RIS; I REALLY wanted more hop and roasted bitterness. All the Simcoe dry-hopping gives it such a weird cloying flavor thatís even a bit unpleasant. Time to cork this bitch up - no way I can drink this in a single sitting. I sampled about 1 oz. from another bottle (also dated 11/19/12) and it tasted exactly the same - thereís far too much strange sweetness and offputting citrus character. Iím still torn on whether itís infected or just not very good, but Iím lowering my scores regardless. Two bottles tasting exactly the same doesnít bode well for this batch, if not the beer in general.
AirForceHops (2561) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Portsmouth Brewery Imperial Stout tap take over. Pitch black color with thin white head, small light retention. The aroma of the brew you can smell the heavy hopping. Hints of pine with dark chocolate mats and molasses.
The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Bold flavor some burnt sugars, hints of dark fruits, raisins and licorice. A touch of caramel. The hops become real obvious after the stout gets warm. Big pine resin that helps balance the stout.
Overall a solid imperial stout and a real treat to have this on draft. Great way to start Portsmouth Beer Week in NH!
AWISLguy (1012) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Brook Falls Discount purchased a few weeks ago, with a 11/12 bottle date - could have been the same bottle I was eyeing the prior 6 times that I was in there. Pours pitch black with a chocolate brown head leaving terrific coats of lace. Aroma has milk chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, some earthiness and tar. Rich and luscious. Taste is of sweet caramelly malts, bakers chocolate, coffee, some lactose, some citrus-y fruit and soy sauce. Full bodied with some alcohol. Finishes bitter and long with sweetness and fruit. A strong complex brew with a lot of body which was not quite a good as the promise of the aroma.
Howlader (392) - - FEB 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on draught, 4oz taster. Very good imperial stout - a nice change from Bourbon County stout.
olr1984 (844) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011 22oz bottle pours dark black with a thin tan head. Roasted malt aroma. Chocolate and molasses taste.
jflopsu (401) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black with light brown head. Has a strong coffee grounds aroma with some sweet malt. A strong coffee taste with some raisins. A malty aftertaste.
EricTeusink (552) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Text Message Rate Backlog. Dark fruit and chocolate nose. Pours dark, dark tan. Sweet flavor followed by roastiness. Only lowlight is a slight chalky aftertaste. Bottle - The Sqaure Pub - Decatur, GA
anthony850 (150) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth with a chocolate malty flavor you can taste the alc.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
UDBeernut (1411) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 botlle pours opaque black capped by a cream colored head. bready and yeasty nose. chocolate, toffee, caramel. creamy body.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled: 19NOV12, reviewed 18DEC12
This is the freshest Iíve had this beer, and itís not a good thing. latest score based on latest bottle.... Pours black with a finger of nice mocha foam. Smells, like itís got sage, fruity pebbles, molasses and more sage and burnt rosemary (scorched). Nose is aberrant and sufferable. Taste is mostly dark malts, molasses, licorice, and bitter hops with some grapefruit. Medium bodied with moderated carb and a dry finish. This beer has waaay too many hops and is really dreadful right now.
on 14JUL11 - 3/3.5/4/4/4 - 3.85
Side by side of 2010 and 2011
2011: Pours a black ale with a transient mocha head which is less than a finger. This falls to nada leaving a slate surface. (3)
2010: Pours black ale with a single finger of mocha head which falls to a solid sheet of the same. No lacing. Clarity difficult to assess. (3)
2011: Smells hot, alcoholic. Hops are strong and resinous. Hints of roasty malts and a small molasses tone underneath. Man, I canít believe this has so many hops. Reminds me of Black Flag by Beer Valley. Lots of hops. (3.5)
2010: Alcohol is strong here. There are plenty of graham, malt, toasty tones with some prunes. A little bit of pepper on the nose. (3.5)
2011: Wow, the molasses is super strong on this. Plenty sweet with good hop presence, accented by some alcohol. The sweetness has some high quality quad tones to it: dark stone fruits, molasses, graham. (4)
2010: Rich and sweet. Molasses comes through even more than in the 2011. Graham crackers, brown sugar, licorice. This is super sweet. Not as sweet as Dark Lord, but sweet nonetheless. This would be great in the dead of winter. (4)
2011: Thick and chunky. Low carb. Long syrupy finish. (4)
2010: Viscous. Smooth with low carb. The finish is softly dry with a long velvet finish. (4.5)
2011: Good beer, wish the nose was a little more in line with the flavor profile. The alcohol seems a bit strong as well. (3.5)
2010: This is much better with a year on it. The alcohol has died down a bit and offered up a nice beer. (4)
Serving type: bottle
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Uncle Mikeís Highway, 2010 or 2009 version. Dark black with a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee, peated malt, chocolate, oak and alcohol. Taste is rather earthy with chocolate, peated malts, smoke, booze, oak, mild citrus, licorice, faint vanilla and some soy sauce as its warms. Rather nice beer.