brokensail (9147) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a very dark brown color that can look black if in the right lighting. A small but sturdy tan head.
S: Lots of nice roast and chocolate aromas right off the bat. As I smell this beer a few more times the intense coffee aroma really starts to make itself known.
T: Quite a bit of coffee is present on the palate as well. Underneath, lots of roasted malts and semisweet chocolate which helps to balance out the intense roast of the coffee and malt components.
M: The body is maybe a bit light for an imperial stout, but this beer is very smooth on the tongue so I canít punish it too much.
D: Really pleasant and easy to drink. I really liked this beer quite a lot and found the 9% ABV to be not be present at all.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear dark brown stout with a thick moka head. A lightly chocolaty aroma. In mouth, a quite nice IS with lots of burned chocolate, notes of wood, a bit of coffee grinds. Very rich and enticing. Flour City brewfest, August 15 2008.
Ratman197 (8484) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, graininess and light licorice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, licorice, dark chocolate and light coffee with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.
BeerandBlues2 (8456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12-oz. bottle from moejuck. Pours dark molasses, very near opaque, with a rocky tan head that mostly diminishes, fair spotty lacing. Aroma is heavy roasted chocolate and caramel malt (cookie, straw), yeast (dark warm dough) and dark fruit (prune, raisin). Medium sweet chocolate, velvety caramel and molasses, malty body, moderate acidity follows bringing a warm alcohol, port and vinous, ending with raisins and prunes. Dark and warm bodied, dry and spicy palate.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a small, fizzy, brown head. Milk chocolate, vanilla, smoke, light sarsaparilla and a whisper of Chanel #5 make up the aroma. The flavor is all sweet chocolate and toffee with a hefty plume of smoke. Unbalanced... on the malty/sweet side. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Sweet, chocolatey finish. A little too sweet for me. A quality brew nonetheless! Thanks go out to scraff for the bottle.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rate beer rating # 2,900. 12oz bottle acquired in multiple trades. This one was labeled BB 10/06. Poured as black as the eyes of a Norristown Hooker (I got inspired by todayís Pet Peeve thread - and yes, I drank the whole 12oz myself!). Not completely dark as there was some brown edges and an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, coffee grounds, and caramel. Tastes of roast, dark fruits, chocolates, caramel, coffee, and vanilla. Nice creamy body and very easy to drink.
MoritzF (8056) - Bochum, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(35,5cl bottle with big thanks to Yogi_beera!) Pitch black colour with a short but lacing foamy light-brown head. Slightly sweet roast-malty nose with caramel, chocolate
Initially slightly sweet malty with a roasted, almost burnt bitterness coming trough quite early, full bodied with a soft and pleasant carbonation, rounded up with notes of coffee, caramel and chocolate; well-rounded, almost dry roasty bitter finish with light grainy notes, coffee and a touch of dark chocolate. The alcohol is presently warming and well integrated. Aromatic, fairly complex and balanced Imp. Stout.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2010 Deep black beer with a thick creamy tan head. Rich sweet cocoa/chocolate aroma. Heavily toasted with a rich deep caramel middle and a soft vanilla character under the very rich chocolate sweetness. Big and intense yet surprisingly restrained. Soft roastiness with a bit of soft licorice aroma as well. A little bit of ashy/charry flavour Really lovely, balanced sweet imperial stout. Lingering tar and a salty roastiness.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to alexsdad06. Very dark pour with a small tan head that doesn’t last. Aroma is full of strong dark chocolate and highly roasted aromas are present. Flavor is chocolatey and some molasses notes. The finish is a tad bitter for my tastes. The hops are very evident on the finish. Very good, but I prefer a thicker, maltier, sweeter imp stout.
Sammy (7716) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Then a beautiful black pour. A stout with great American hops and some malt taste. Delicious. Thanks Chuckís Fine Wines in Cleveland for breaking up a six pack for me.