DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2015 Bottle, pours dark, brown head, rich, espresso is taking over, intense imperial stout, dessert beer
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of ¾/mj - whatever. Pours a very dark brown - close to black - with a reddish hue and a lovely light brown head with a not too good retention. Hard roasted malt and coffee in the nose - quite intense. Solid body, very dry hard roasted malt, mouthdryingly dry. Coffee and ashes. Very malt bitter finish. 270310
monkeychugg55 (1026) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2010 Bomber from The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton, MO. Pours a thick black with a small brown to tan head than lasts as it warms. Leaves sticky cheetah print on the sides of my N.B. globe glass. The aroma is loaded with espresso and also has a woody element, with some chocolate, faint floral hops, and a lot of roastiness. The flavor is awesome. Lots of coffee all the way through, with coco, vanilla, roasty as hell malt, and oaky wood. This starts out somewhat sweet, but ends really bitter with coffee and dry wood on the finish. Thick and sticky in the mouth, with soft carbonation. The alcohol is only slightly detectable if at all. I wish it was available near my neck of the woods.
arminjewell (9253) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep black with dark brown head, aroma is big hops and espresso. Taste up front is huge hops blending really nicely with big espresso notes leading into a mocha, caramel, and toffee finish that bitter fairly well. Excellent brew!
Travlr (21421) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Churchkey. Extremely dark brown, thick dark brown head, solid lacing. Aroma of Starbucks and vanilla beans. Taste has burnt espresso beans and dark chocolate, some oak. Very rich.
rader58 (875) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours the deepest black with a small dark brown head. Aroma of strong coffee, chocolate, wood, molasses. Flavor is molasses, strong coffee, vanilla. Finish is dry and lasting.
nimbleprop (7480) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Churchkey DC. Pours an opaque, viscous black with a creamy, lacing brown head. Aroma is coffee, nuts, chocolate, toast, milk chocolate. Flavor is heavy on the coffee, toast, grains, nuts, dark chocolate, a little cherry. Finish is super smooth, a little dry with some coffee bitterness through the end.
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tap - union jacks - black pour with tan head. Aroma of coffee dominates. Flavor of coffee, licorice, malt, and some alcohol. Really good - flawless for a coffee type stout.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick black pour with a creamy tan head. Huge coffee aroma and flavor, along with roasted malt, vanilla, wood, and a hint of hops on the finish. Very good stuff.
MartinT (9319) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Luxurious coffee and dark chocolate offer this Imperial Stout a generous flavor profile, leading to roasted malt bitterness and much satisfaction.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A tower of foam slowly crumbles into the brown-edged blackness.
-The cushiony carbonation is perfectly calculated with the dextrin levels, sculpting a very comfortable mouthfeel for a dessert brew.
-I can’t say this is complex, but the malt flavors and coffee beans, combined with the excellent mouthfeel, make for a very good Imperial Stout.
-The oak aging adds some personality, but it is overshadowed by the malts and coffee. And I think I prefer it this way.