beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2009 Pours straight black with no light penetration at all. Thick 2-finger wide creamy head forms and never leaves. Smells of deep roasted coffee, and small hints of chocolate. The mouthfeel is full and lovely, a little oily. The taste is very nice...rich and roasty with some hints of raisin, licorice, and vanilla. Chocolate and coffee are most notable, however. Finishes very smooth and easy. A very nice stout!
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Roger Wilco in Palmyra, NJ. Pours a very deep brown with two finger brown head that dissipates to a ring. Very nice aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, and roasted malts. Full bodied with slight creamy texture. Flavor of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Average amount of residual sweetness, perhaps leaning toward sweet. Sharp hoppy finish that lingers, perhaps a bit overdone for my personal tastes.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to a black body with a creamy dark brown bubbly head. The aroma is sweet chocolate malt, heavy oatmeal, nice black patent malts, chocolate chips. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. Sweetened condensed milk brownies with chocolate chips and lots of oatmeal. The body is mostly sweet but has an occasional dry bitterness. Rich, creamy, full body.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poours with a black color and a medium brownish head. Aromas of raosted malts and choolate. The flavor profile is more creamy, I get some lactic notes almost lioke a milk stout in addition to roasted malts and cocoa. Finishes with some hops bitterness, very nice.
Ughsmash (7506) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Blake for bringing the bomber! Poured very deep brown with a creamy, well-retained cap of tan head. The aroma picked up moderately-roasted black patent and chocolate malts with softer oatmeal and vanilla and light earth around.. sticky on the back and enjoyable. The flavor was all about the chocolates with moderately-roasted sweeter notes (think chocolate chips) backed by some darker stuff.. earth and vanilla accented.. found some burnt blackstrap molasses and black patent on the finish. Soft, rolling carbonation on the palate with an assist from the oaty character.. very smooth feel.. a touch warmer on the back, but you never feel the 8.8. Excellent brew!
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours black with thin tan head. Stains the glass when you swirl it. Big roast and chocolate nose. Flavor is Sweet roasts, subdued cocoa and coffee with slight bittering hops. Mouthfeel is viscous thick and oily. Damn fine beer. If they called this an "imperial" stout, it would get more respect.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured out of a bottle from the brewery in Vista. Black body with a big, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of heavy lacing. Aroma is quite dense. Lots of heavy smells. Big roasts, dark chocolate, and some espresso. Mmm...my kind of stout. Flavor is similar in intensity. Very deep chocolates, coffee, roasts, and a nice dark fruitiness. Abundance of bittering hops with a bit of a bittering licorice. Some silky caramels before a dry finish with a rich and roasty, long lingering aftertaste. Palate is slippery and medium bodied. Overall, a very tasty, dark and intense stout. My kind of beer right here.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Viscous opaque black pour with a thin light-tan bubbly head. Nice lacing on the glass. Deep cocoa aroma with lots of roast and creamy milk. Bitter roasted malt flavor. A little but of sweet cocoa to finish it off.
GregClow (3095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry & garthicus - blankboy’s bottle. Deep black with a large mocha head. Aroma is almost earthy, dark roast malt and dark bitter chocolate, excellent! Full bodied. Flavour of roasted malt, burnt caramel, cocoa and coffee, with a very well-hopped finish. Beautiful stuff!
omhper (22889) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at Thrash Zone, Yokohama. Dark black with coarse brown head. Chocolate and tar upfront. Malt sweetness drown i syrup and tar. Medium bodied with bold caramelly malt. Salty finish. Big and bold, more power than balance.