tiffanya (45) - Federal Way, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to BH for the sample! Iím looking forward to this beer becoming available in Washington State. A little sweeter than your average Imperial Stout, which means it is more toward my liking. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate with notes of sour dark fruit. Semi-dry and ashy-chalky. Notes of spice. Went down really easy. Wax-coated flip-top is a bit of a bear to open; be careful with your knives! ;-)
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle picked up in Hayden. Thick creamy cocoa head. Dark fruit aroma with chocolate and molasses. flavour is chocolate, raisin and alcohol. Body is somewhat soft and delicate. Alcohol picks up through the glass. Lots of chocolate in the bottom.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - APR 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 liter bottle shared by tjthresh; wax over a swing-top doesnít make for easy opening. It pours black as night with a dense, creamy, tan head that laces nicely. On the nose are: dark roast, a touch of soy sauce, and light notes of dark chocolate and ash. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with a roasted, dry and lightly sour finish. Chocolate, smoke and dark fruit with a dry, ashy finish. This doesnít really come across as an imperial stout, but itís quite nice, nevertheless. Thanks for sharing this with us, Tom!
theisti (3654) - Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 Liter bottle generously shared by tjthresh. Pour is black, with a pretty 3 inch khaki head. Aroma of bitter pine hops and roasting coffee malt. Some burnt chocolate in the nose also. Taste is big on the bitter roasted coffee, though the finish is a bit chalky and milky - not real pleasant for me. Really dry finish. Decent enough, though certainly on the thinner end of the Imperial Stout spectrum. Thanks for sharing this one Tom!
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
1L bottle from BeerandBlues2. Pours black with a big lasting brown head. Nose of smoke and chocolate. Really nice milk chocolate flavor with a solid bitter finish. Full body. Average carbonation. Dry finish. Not an imperial stout, but very good.
DenverLogan (990) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2013 Dark brown, lingering brown head. Got some body and taste, but itís not all balanced...ayieeee!!!
Re-Rate Dec 8, 2010. Aroma of dark roasted malts, smoke. Flavors of dark roasted malts, liquid smoke, Mexican chocolate, carob. Overall tasty and an improvement from the 2008 rating.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 Liter Bottle
I get the chance to try this RIS thanks to Bitterbillís generosity, thanks again Bill. When I got this bottle the neck tag let me know it was bottled on my birthday which I thought was pretty cool. Although this beer is small (abv) for an RIS, it glugs out of the big swingtop with the best of them. The body was dark chestnut as it came from the bottle but appears black in my snifter. The mocha colored head grew to one finger on the pour and fell to a skimming with a thick ring. The ring thatís left leaves excellent sheet lacing after each pull that slowly falls back into the body.
The aroma is full of freshly roasted sweet grains, dark berries, freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate and spicy alcohol in that order from most to least. If the aroma tells me anything itís that this is a beer to be reckoned with. Very complex and inviting, especially on a cold windy evening like tonight. As it warms each swirl really brings the dark berries forward but as it settles the roastiness is still the king of the hill.
Everything the nose suggested the flavor brings. The sweet roastiness is at itís highest point upfront but even as it settles lingers in the background. Dark slightly underipe berries come along with a solid helping of dark chocolate. The coffee grounds show up toward the finish and mix with spicy alcohol. The alcohol adds even more depth to this already complex stout. A slight coffee bitterness and dark molten chocolate combine on the swallow. Ghost like alcohol fumes float throughout the mouth and nose. Black Cauldron is am excellent RIS.
The body is on the lighter side for a RIS but it works really well in this case with the smaller abv than Iím used to encountering. Thereís creaminess on the swallow that really sets things off.
The lighter than usual body helps make this an incredibly easy drinking RIS. The complexity Iím sure would give some palate fatigue but wonít stop me from enjoying this beauty. The moderate alcohol level boosts drinkability as well.
I imagined this being a good RIS but I didnít expect such a gem. The aromas and the flavors are big and enjoyable. Iím glad I had the opportunity to try this and Iíve got another liter in the cellar for next year, all thanks to Bill!
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a very good IPS and not sweet at all ,a nice little smokey flavor and black as night witha nice coffee finish.I got this bottle from a friend who was out west and knew how i liked my stouts ,it could have been a little stronger but was tastey anyway good buy and choice.CHEERS!
beerbill (3598) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 litre swingtop bottle courtesy of a trade with Jake65. Pours black with an attractive moderate mocha brown head that lasted through most of the glass. Very nice aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and molasses. These same compnents make up the flavor as well. Very little bitterness at the finish. Slightly less than full bodied. Tasty.
BeerandBlues2 (11474) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
8th Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy, light brown head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, chocolate, coffee), average hops (perfume, grass), average yeast (leather) with notes of wood and smoke. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.