durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle bequeathed upon me by JCB. Pour isn’t super exciting; thin-looking dark brown pour without much head. Nose is pretty amazing: nuts, roast, some hops, mild coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Pretty much a bit of all the possibilities of a stout. Taste is a bit hoppier; delicious. Freaking great.
CaptBeatty (2) - Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good, solid stout. Pours black as night, but has little to no lingering head. Rich and smooth with no overbearing astringency in the finish.
marv3mania (131) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle in a pint glass. Pours a thin-ish ruby-black with a mocha head. Aroma is roast, coffee, toffee, and licorice. About what I expected. Taste pretty well follows the nose. A bit more coffee taste than I like, but not bad. It is very thin for a stout, though. Not my favorite stout.
Westmeister (1316) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with EricTeusink and jrob21. On a day where incredible sours and barrel aged beers were popped, it was nice to go back to a super solid impy stout. Taste showed bitter coffee, baker’s chocolate with a sweet cocoa finish. I believe this was last year’s bottle, but I still got a decent hop kick. Some dark fruits poked out at well. Still the coffee was the most prevalent. Quite nice.
tdoyledesign (106) - Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black with a medium off-white head. Aroma at first whiff is all malt. Upon a second smell roasted coffee is dominant followed by a nice malt finish. Taste is on the roasted side with coffee notes in the middle, a hint of dark chocolate, and a nice malt finish with a hint of hops in the after taste. Palate has a slightly carbonated mouth feel with some smokey malts and a coffee and hop finish. A nice "sit-by-the-fire" style stout.
Nehpets (13) - - DEC 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is black. Taste is roasted malt coffee with just enough bite to make it work. This is one of my favorites. Second tasting made me realize that it could use a little more character.
Saebom (6) - - DEC 3, 2013 does not count
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
picked up prominent vanilla aroma. poors thin. the alcohol is very noticeable. wish it had more body.
HisBoyElroy (303) - Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very solid stout. I think it would be excellent with a little age on it. A bit pricey.
AndyW68 (713) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with light tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and sweet. Taste follows nose. Good beer.
adamjackson (1761) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black. Nose is loaded with chocolate and cocoa nibs and a touch of licorice
Taste is the same. Biscuit and charcoal with oak and chocolate.
ClassyBeagle (300) - USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
FROM NOTES: November 29, ’13 on draft into a snifter at the Black Friday event @ Kraftrwork, Philly.
A: Roastiness mixed with some sweetness, vanilla notes and a slight hop aroma. A very nice chocolate backbone but the hint of a metallic aroma lingers.
A: Dark, almost black appearance (nearly opaque) with a small medium-dense head.
T: Coffee-forward with roasted malt and milk chocolate notes. Dark fruits, raisins, figs, a hint of dark cherry are apparent as the beer warms and more milk chocolate on a long finish. Nicely balanced.
P: Medium-light body and medium-high carbonation.
O: Overall, a tasty, well balanced stout. Smells a little oxidized, but a wonderful version of an Imperial Russian Stout