eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Secret Santa for this one--deep black pour with malty chocolate aroma and molasses balanced by rich piney hops, less burnt roastiness than I expected, this is pretty easy and pleasant to sip, and doesn’t taste like 9.5%.
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just a fantastic Imperial Stout. Great dark amber head, impenetrable brown color. the 9.5% alcohol deftly balanced. Nice kick of hops at the end. In my book only bested by the Oak Aged Yeti.
JeyAre (239) - - APR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown almost Black colour work a very thin Brown head and a roasted aroma. The taste is heavy and roasted too with a slight bitterness in the after taste. I am not a big fan of stiuts but this is a good one.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love the mouth feel- exactly the consistency I look for in an imp stout. The hops are prominent up front and then give way to leather, licorice and dark chocolate. This is for sure a bitter imp stout on the more astringent side of the spectrum. A bit creamier and sweeter and I would rate higher. As it is- delicious!
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Welll, when you’ve had the Oak Aged Yeti, this is a bit of a come down. But honestly, this is a world class stout. It has the full body, maltiness, chocolate and coffee notes, and other characteristics that one expects in a stout. But the hop profile is different: this beer is actually more hopped than most IPAs. And it works. The hops don’t overpower on the tongue, nor do they linger on the finish. They are well blended in what is an astounding beer.
jarow (237) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a dark brown head. Nose is very dark roasted malts, some chocolate, lots of caramel and molasses, slight alcohol. Very full-bodied, dry. Plenty of roasty malts, some dark chocolate and toffee, slight bitterness. Finishes strong and rich. Bitter with lots of cocoa.
WilleLW (236) - Lund, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colour with a dark coffee coloured head. Aroma of wood, roasted malt and chocolate. Oak and coffee notes. Some burned caramel and alcohol. Taste of roasted malt, coffee beans and a hint of dark chocolate. Some sourness and complexity with a even coffee bitterness in the background. And a taste of something I cannot make out what it is. Burnt sugar and vinous characters and dark dried fruits.
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very very good imperial stout that is wonderfully smoky and dirty tasting. Poured a thick black with a frothy huge head but that’s because I just dumped the beer in there.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into beer mug. A lasting brown head greets you by sitting on the deep dark brown, opaque body. The aroma is a big dose of spicy, herbal hops mixed with some deeply roasted malty lovin’. The body is so full that it coats the tounge...you’ll have to scrape it off (not that you’d want to). I appreciated that not all of the balancing bitterness seems to come from the hops alone; some of it is from super-dark roasted malts. In the finish I noticed what seemed to be a whisky-like bite from the alcohol. My only problem with this beer was that as it warmed up some I got a slightly medicinal quality late in the flavor and finish. Other than that, a GREAT beer!
Gusgus (235) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle BB 11 -08. Pours pitch black with dark brown foam. Very syrupy. Sweet aroma. Oranges, egg white, cocoa, egg nogg, grape, pine, lemon, flowery hops, tar, licorice. Sweet flavor of lemon and lime, grape, pine, tar and licorice. Very hoppy flavor. Warming alcohol and in the aftertaste nuts and sherry.