kappldav123 (5918) - GERMANY - JUL 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to gn0sis for that bottle. Looks good, as well as the beer in the glass. Deep black, nice head. Starts strong malty, scratchy-woody, intense notes of chocolate and liquorice. Finish a bit milder, but still warming malty, modest alcoholic, much more bitter than the beginning. Nice Imperial Stout!
mcberko (14659) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle, pours pitch black with a beautiful dark brown head. Aroma of boldly dark roasted malt, light chocolate, espresso, some smokiness, wood and some burnt malt. Flavour begins with light chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla notes and oak, and finishes with dry wood, smokiness, cayenne peppers. Truly an exquisite brew.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle). Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of oak chips, resin, smoke. Taste is sweet with dry bitterness. Full bodied and dry finish. Good beer, but would have like chocolate to have more prominence (and sweetness). Still got the dry, woody taste from the oak chips as the dominant flavor.
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Some cocoa aroma, but this is the only characteristic that is no potent. The appearanc of black oil with a gorgeous head of crimson tan creaminess close to that of Hunahpu’s. The flavor of a bold roasty stout with smooth cocoa flavors, not sweet though. Bitter notes and the spice from the cayenne settle in later slowly.
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2011 pours black with a thin brown head and thick lacing. aroma is strong with notes of chocolate, alcohol and candy. taste is spicy. notes of oak, chocolate, anise and licorice are apparent. finish is very spicy and bit boozy.
italianjohn (2906) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour tan brownish head with a good amount of lacing ... lots of chocolate in the aroma .... mostly a cocoa taste with roasted malts and coffee with a bitter oaky roasted pepper finish .... roasted and pepper flavors come out more as it warms, but it is a well put together stout
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate, and pepper. Short sweet start with malty chocolate in the middle and a strong pepper finish. The pepper becomes too damn dominant, especially when it warms. Its a shame. I had high hopes for this brew.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz tap served in a pint glass. Pour was oily jet black with an inch of tan head. Nose is dark chocolate, hops, dark fruits, and roasted malts. Taste is the aforementioned, but there is some spice to it. I kept thinking it was really weird that I was getting spice, because I didn’t know at the time that peppers were a part of the brew process. While this brew wasn’t bad, I really wasn’t into the spice or elevated hop levels. I prefer my imperial stouts to be maltier and also, leave the peppers out!
Boutip (5940) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a heavy brown color foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter back chocolate malt with light roasted malt notes. Taste is a very fine mix between some bitter black chocolate with notes of roasted malt and light dry roasted coffee. I couldn’t really detect the oak to be honest though. Body had a creamy texture which I quite enjoyed with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done and with some complexity and some great drinkability factor. Definitely something I would wish to have access to.
exparte (59) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Aroma of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, alcohol, earthy yeast and some spice. Color is deep, deep black. Pours a thick, rocky brown head that falls to a persistent half inch of lacy goodness. Medium bitterness with some residual sweetness. Thick and spicy on the palate with a lingering bitter finish. Perhaps a bit heavy on the oak for my taste but still absolutely delicious and surprisingly accessible. Highly recommended.