goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an opaque black color with a small creamy brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate and green pepper. The flavor was of both chocolate and vanilla. The chocolate stood out more on the finish. Light pepper spice finish on the back of the tongue. Medium to full bodied.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a medium brown head slowly fading and leaving a ring of lace. Aroma of chocolate, dark malts, alcohol, wood and burnt match. Smooth body contains roasted malt, oak, chocolate and alcohol. While the body may be smooth, it finishes up a bit harsh with an alky burn with some chocolate mixed in. Semi acidic with mega warming. The lesser Yeti.
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle shared with KW group. Another great share!! Pours pure black, with huge capuccino coloured head which leaves a tonne of lacing! Huge roasted malt, coffee aroma and taste, with a hint of chocolate. Fairly hoppy taste, with a hint of cayenne in finish! Dynomite!!
FlacoAlto (3850) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled September 2009
A steady pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, darkly browned head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is nice and dark, perhaps not perfectly black, but pretty close in its opaque darkness; it shows no differently when held up directly to the light. The aroma is a mix of spicy oak, roasted coffee, toasted whole grain and some lightly hot alcohol. The aroma seems a bit one dimensional as a lot of malt complexity is drowned out by the spicy, raw oakiness.
My first sip is lightly sweet, thick and chewy; the middle is nicely chocolate tasting, but the finish makes this disappear except for some bitter cocoa notes. The finish has a significant oak character that provides a spiciness, some lingering astringency, a peppery oak note that now that I think of it is actually a spiciness that is actually from the cayenne that I had forgotten about up until this point. The roast grain contributes a significant bitterness to the finish and there also seems to be a green hoppiness here despite the “hops being toned down”; this mixes with the raw oak character and the cayenne to provide a sharpness to the end of each sip. This is a thick and chewy beer that is not so rich as to be overly cloying; the body has a fullness to it, but the beer is still fairly drinkable (at least for an Imperial Stout). A touch of chalky roast malt character comes out as the beer warms up and a bitter espresso note becomes more noticeable as well.
Despite my complaints of one-dimensionality, I am actually enjoying this; especially as the beer warms the oak character is held much more in check and in balance with the other flavor components; the aroma never really gets all that interesting though. The spicy cayenne adds a nice touch to the finish that this spice-freak enjoys; even if it is somewhat subtle; it lingers on the palate and lips quite nicely though. The beer is actually quite nice and definitely enjoyable over all. The aggressiveness of the oak, hops and cayenne in the finish really helps to tame the big sticky malt character that would otherwise dominate this beer. Chocolate flavors, while noticeable, are not anything out of the ordinary here, and could even be attributed to malt character (even though this beer does have chocolate in it).
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Chocolate nose, with a bit of roast and some green apple. The taste is a bit too sweet for my taste obviously, not too offensive, but I’m dying for a glass of water as I drink this. Lots of chocolate obviously, fair amount of roast and a definite chalkiness. Medium body and a bit boozy on the finish.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted 1/30/10. 22oz bomber. Bottled on JUL 02 2009. First pour is opaque with a brown hue. Eye ball of khaki head. Aromas of cocoa and 7Up? Chocolate fudge and brownies. Nutty with a vanilla creaminess. There’s a whole lotta chocolate in the nose. Smells great! Full bodied with a great complexity of flavors. Melds very well after all the time in the bottle. Big raosted malt flavors. Decent and apparent, but not too overwhelming alcohol burn. Accents the toasty oaky flavor. Big chocolate flavors in many forms. Smooth like milk chocolate, bitter like dark chocolate. Dried berry nuances pop up in the middle and linger a tad into the finish. Mild coffee note which accentuates the bitterness. Very well rounded, blended and melded. Once again, Great Divide produces a stellar brew!
brokensail (13270) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Poured from a bomber into a Cigar City snifter. The beer is black in color with a great mocha colored head.
S: The smell is not quite as intense as I would have hoped, but still good. A lot of chocolate, roasted malt, and a slight "burnt" aroma.
T: The flavor is really interesting. There is a great, semi-sweet chocolate flavor initially. This is followed up by a slight bit of "heat" from the cayenne, and then finishes with a nice bitterness.
M: The body is fairly full and thick, which is what you hope for in an imperial stout. The carbonation is fairly low too, which works well.
D: This is a solid all around beer. I love chocolate beers, and this one did not disappoint. The cayenne provides something different and it was a welcome addition.
jeremytoni (3017) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle poured black with a good amount of brown head. Sweet malty flavor with hints of chocolate in the flavor and finish.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 In short: A smooth and creamy chocolate stout with a strange and not-so-pleasant spicy twist.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed relatively fresh about two months after purchase
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention
In long: Nose is obviously chocolaty but really not as much as a Southern Tier Choklat or some other of the very chocolaty stouts. The chocolate aroma and taste is halfway between black chocolate and milk chocolate. Body is pleasantly creamy. What bothered me a bit is a strange spiciness that I could have done without. At first I thought I was wrong but I was relieved when I saw in the ratebeer commercial description that the beer is indeed spiced up with cayenne. The beer is good but could have been much better. Who the hell came up with this great idea of adding cayenne spices to a chocolate stout?!?!?! If you ask me a chocolate stout need cayenne spices like a mating zebra needs an iPod upgrade.
DuffMan (7999) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks Trev. Pours an oily black with a dense brown head. Rich aromas of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and hints of smoke. Heavy, velvety mouthfeel with rich flavours of chocolate, dark roast coffee beans, light vanilla, light smoke. Profile leans toward sweet more than burnt. Finish is moderately bitter. Interestingly, I got no heat at all in the finish. Still a phenomenal brew though!