Scipio (632) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I saved this bottle for several months to share with my brother for when he came into town. I must say that it lived up to my lofty expectations. Pours very black with an almost reddish looking, dark tan full head. Aroma is robust and impressive. It contains plenty of chocolate to go along with oak, licorice, vanilla, and coffee. The taste is very rich chocolate, and lots of it. Perhaps like chocolate cake, however with some coffee and vanilla mixed in. Despite how much chocolate is in here, somehow this really isn’t sweet. And that might be the best part of all with this one. Bitter, especially at the end. Full bodied, as one would expect, with an oily texture. Subtle, yet noticeable carbonation. Alcohol content hides itself well. This certainly doesn’t feel like its as strong as it is. Altogether, this has just about everything that you could hope for in a big beer. Being tasty, well made in every respect, potent without hitting hard, you will really impress most everyone by pouring one of these.
Rspecht (11) - - MAR 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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socialbeer (98) - SPAIN - MAR 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
En cuanto abres la botella y la sirves te das cuenta de que es una gran cerveza. Cae a borbotones, como si fuera betún. Absolutamente negra, con una espuma oscura y de persistencia media. Aroma a madera, cacao y torrefacto, postgusto muy largo y agradable, te llena la boca y se hacer extraordinariamente bebible. AL final, caco, y vainilla. Excepcional
1more4dessert (324) - Upstate, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
looks like what you are faced with in the office when the coffee pot was left on overnight, you add water and get black liquid with brown foam on top. smells a hell of a lot better though, mostly heavily roasted bean with cooking chocolate, roasted cereal.mouthfeel is medium-full, sweeter than I drink my coffee.
ericdevin (572) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. Bottled 12/18/2012. Pours an opaque brown/black, decent amount of tan head. Aroma roasty, decent amount of coffee and maybe some chocolate, woody overtones. Maye some syrupy fruity notes, too. Body full and roasty, with a big woody character that gives a lasting bitterness. Tremendous.
MattiasA (316) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Backlog. Obviously espresso with burnt coffee, dark chocolate with oak and vanilla, some sweetness and slight acidity. This is a good one folks.
Chad484 (11) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2014. Poured pitch black with minimal head. Aromas of espresso and chocolate. Espresso on the forefront with a mild chocolate following. Dry and bitter finish.
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Davhgbrew (843) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had off draft at wob cap hill. Very dark black. Chocolate aroma. Sips creamy and slightly hop bitter with espresso middle and finish. Alcohol flavor is perfectly balanced with the big hop and cocoa/coffee sweetness. Prob my favorite imperial stout since Sam Smith, which I def have to revisit to compare.
BEENJAMIN (250) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz 2013 bottle - poured a oily black with a bright tan head, looks gorgeous. First thing that hits your nose is huge nutty fruity coffee. Flavors are perfect; toffee vanilla and a sort a burnt roastiness followed by a rich chewy body rounded out by some acidity from the coffee. This is a fantastic espresso stout and ages well.
DisraeliEers (6) - Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, intensity from the first sip. The beer resembles used motor oil. Booze, oak, chocolate, and coffee dominate the aroma as well as the flavor. Everything is so well balanced I have a hard time deciding which of those 4 flavors dominate. The booze lingers a bit, but it’s not unpleasant.
Once everything calms down after the first couple drinks destroy your palate, the chocolate flavor goes from milk chocolate to baker’s cocoa, which makes the finish dry and oaky. As it warms, vanilla starts to pop out.
gripweed57 (486) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Poured into a 16 ounce snifter. Black liquid topped by a small creamy tan head. Aroma is complex roasted malt with notes of fudge brownies, espresso and malted milk. Upfront, flavor is big, bold espresso-like roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. There is a hint of dark dried cherries here, along with charred oak and smoked brisket burnt ends. Finishes with a rich chewy burnt malt and bitter hop character. Big, Black and Beautiful!