Homer321 (1961) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from trade. Nose is sweet, tobacco, chocolate, a hint of smoke. Pretty intense pour is pitch black with minimal brown head. Tastes lightly tart initially with a light acidic note. A bit of coffee in the flavor, medium mouthfeel. No barrel flavor in the taste, no oak, no vanilla. I think the tartness takes away from the flavor. Very burnt tasting. Not a fan.
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
i thought this beer was surprsingly well done. a little on the hoppy side, which was nice, with some decadent roasted chocolate and coffee in the flavor and aroma. dangerously smooth, and easy drinking for an IRS. Only 8%, but full flavored and bodied."
EricTeusink (698) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nearly black with thin brown head. Fantastic coffee and earth scent leads to disappointing flavor. Thin bodied and flat. Draft - Closed for Business - Charleston, SC
Iphonephan (3344) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 4 oz taster at the brewery. Nitro pour, black with a thick tan head. Smoky nose. Flavors of chicory and licorice. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Smooth roasty finish.
skoisirius (1717) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Jernigan’s Grass Valley the other night. Nose had a nice blend of milked cocoa, hints of whiskey, and vanilla on it. Flavors are the same with hints of sweet roast, and a touch of the beechwood. For some reason this ended up being a bit sour in the not so awesome category. Not sure if this was that specific keg itself or this is how the brew tastes. Not my favorite for it’s style.
Niko100 (2015) - Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, dark chocolate, & coffee; Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, coffee/espresso, dark chocolate, and hops; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Good.
UDBeernut (1763) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours coca cola black, khaki head that is thin. Roasted black malt, licorice. Some pine. Thin bodhi.
Hopswagger (198) - South Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Robust heavy roasted malts, coffee, bitter sweet chocolate and baking cocoa. Lots of barley and hints of smoked hay and subtle presence of cigar smoke. Nice prickly carbonation but the body was on the thin side. Overall stellar RIS.
stevoj (2229) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating.
DrnkMcDermott (2807) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Teeny tiny taster at Standard Market. Still offers a great nose of dark roast malts, and a bit dryness from oak aging. Yet, this is not highly "roasty" or astringent. A bit of smoke and oak tannin, yes, but instead it just adds to the dry finish, and disguises the alcohol.