Nephilium (1445) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong pine and citrus aroma, with a touch of malt undertone. Not what I was expecting from a beer that pours an opaque black with a rich milk chocolate head. Nice rich creamy mouthfeel leading to citrus, chocolate, vanilla and roast playing together in a delicious stout. I’d probably put this under American Strong Ale rather then Imperial Stout, but wow do I want more of it.
jbruner (2715) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours a deep brownish black with thin tan brown head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of big chocolate and roasty vanilla, dying hops. Taste follows, earthy overtones with big chocolate and roast. Wow, pretty nice, want to try it fresh.
Schwarzbart (68) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 Keg. Pours black with a light brown, big, frothy head. Awesome froth totally drapes the glass. Thick, creamy and a sharp hop finish. Heavily roasted black malts, black licorice pipes, sharp earthy hops, caramel, coffee and some cocoa. Yummy.
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solidfunk (4722) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of roast and a little booze here. Milk chocolate. Some coffee. Bittersweet finish, but mostly bitter. Black pour without much head or lacing. Big. Faint hops in here. Tap at Meridian pint.
superspak (3012) - Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/19/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/roasted malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready/roasted malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/roasted malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
tiong (4148) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Top Hops Beer Shop, New York
Pours pitch black with a smooth head. Aroma of roasty malts, licorice, wood, ash, leather and coffee. Taste is sweetish, roasty and ashy with loads of wood, coffee and licorice, hints of syrup. Finish is sweet, a bit stuffy and woody with some syrup and licorice. A bit stuffy and too sweet.
Christpuncher (1573) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another incredible barrel aged imperial stout. Really chocolately and smooth to drink. Pours black in color with a tan head. Chad a bottle pour at home
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jsquire (3615) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled on 2/19/10. Pitch black with only the smallest wisp of a brown slick for a head. Huge alcohol nose with lots of dried fruit. This is an incredibly rich beer with lots of buttered toast, chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, brown sugar, and still some green hop resin patina. This is a great sipping impy stout.
tectactoe (2737) - Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: 2012 vintage. Black-ish center with dark brown edges, a very small beige ring settles on top. Aroma of toffee, booze, light maple, chocolate malt, & plentiful toasted nuts. Little bit of brown sugar char & anise. Flavor is a bit sweeter with lots of baker’s cocoa & milk chocolate coated nuts up front. Very mild roasty & charred element sneaks in for a bit of balance. Semi-sweet finish with brown sugar, edging on torched. A little booze at times. Most of the hops are long gone, it seems. Pretty tasty stout, though.
DCLawyer (1617) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 draft at Westover Beer Market. Black with small tan head. Loads of chocolate and roasted malts, molasses, toffee. Deep and big. Excellent.
Dr_Fellini (677) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010. Bottle to glass. Pours a deep black color with a small creamy medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, black marker. Flavor has a bit more mild of a marker flavor, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, bitter. Medium to heavy body with a lingering roasted bitter chocolate, malts, black marker. Interesting. Not at all similar to the Bourbon County it shares the base with.