amp811 (38) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
What can I say that hasnít already been said? Itís a near perfect beer, with the oak and espresso flavors abound. Instead of repeating everyone else, Iíll hit the low point: the oak and espresso are a little overpowering near the end.
Really now, Iím just nitpicking, this beer is the jam.
jake65 (2885) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Bottle - thanks sigma23. Pours a very dark brown with a thick, creamy brown head. Lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is rich with espresso and cocoa. Some lighter vanilla and barrel notes. The taste is huge with espresso, roast, more chocolate than the aroma would suggest, and vanilla. The oaky barrel notes were a nice compliment. More espresso in one of my favs means is certainly a good, if not great thing!
bp (822) - Queens, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: pours dark black with a thick tan head, aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, taste is coffee, chocolate, malt, some bitterness as well, full mouthfeel, warming finish from the alcohol. Very nice.
bhensonb (12440) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Liquid Solutions. Pours opaque brn/blk with a multifinger dark tan head. Strong coffee and chocolate aromas. Medium body with smooth carbonation. The flavor is certainly mocha. The finish is a combo of coffee and darkish chocolate. Thereís a fair amount of bitter in the finish, and itís probably hop, given the strength. Vanilla is detectable with continued sipping.
OldMrCrow (2156) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a few months of age.
Deep beautiful brown with red highlights, dark-cream head. Lovely sweet aroma with mocha and oatmeal and molassas, espresso and chocolate. Tons of chocolate and oatmeal cookie in the flavor, coffee in there for sure (though it does veer towards those bottled Starbucks drinks), hops to bitter but not add any untoward citrus or fruitiness. On the sweet side but not absolutely over the top. Full thick mouthfeel without the heat but with enough body that you know this beer means business. Extremely drinkable, accessible, enjoyable impy stout. Mmmm. The wife says it makes a kick-ass beer float. Gotta try that with the next glass.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big brown head over dark pour. Coffee, peppper and chocolate on the nose. Flavor is rich with espresso and chocolate. Hints of vanilla and with a good bite from the hops. Nice full texture with a nice roasted finish.
Dorwart (2439) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite large head of redicuously small and dense bubbles. Dark brown in color and drops slower than the setting sun. Rich coffee aroma with lots of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and bit of piney hops. Essentilly black in color. Flavor is quite zippy with a good helping of piney hops. Lots of carbon, ash, black coffee, burnt toast and roasted malts. Quite the full flavor and mouthfeel. Lingering piney bitterness and carbon. A very strong and flavorful impy that does not go overboard on the coffee. Pretty well balanced.
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared by my good friend beardface. this 22oz bottole poured black as night with a thick dark tan head. Aroma was obviously espresso but some sweetness peaking through. Wham! Espresso and chocolate stomp all over your tongue then some oak bite and vanilla smoothness. Oh boy this was great. Thanks Beardface!
Goodgrief (1869) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour was dark, with moderate one finger head in my Duvel tulip glass. This was a weird drinking experience. I poured the brew, wasnít all that fond of it. It reminded me of burnt coffee grounds drenched in rubbing alcohol. I put my glass back in the fridge and came back to it a half hour later. Smooth and creamy with a nice chocolatey base with touches of coffee and oak. The second half of the bottle, however, seemed more like the first quarter of the first glass. So, all in all, I thought it was ok, but for an Imperial Stout, coffee style, I still prefer Southern Tier Jahva to this.
nearbeer (4150) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2009 650 ml, bottled on Mar 6, 2009. Opaque black with a lasting film of soapy foam. Aromas of chocolate chip cookie dough, espresso and liqueur. Tastes are cookie dough, Kahlua, chocolate. Barely dried by some oak, vanilla whiskey and char on the finish. Heavy body is creamy smooth and dangerously drinkable.