KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. First reviewed 12/5/2010. Poured from a growler -- filled today -- into a tulip.
Big Hugs pours a firm black color with a 3 cm brown head. Said head slowly dissipates, leaving dabs of lace on the glass.
A jolt of coffee in the nose, with vanilla, roasted and chocolate malt, a hint of cocoa present as well.
It starts out with a touch of sweetness, almost like molasses, then moves to a ton of coffee, bringing a strong bitterness with it. In the midst of this coffee bombardment, the chocolate and roasted malts are noticeable. Some smooth creamy flavor in here too. Finishes fairly sweet, with a touch of alcohol.
Creamy, medium carbonation, full body. A bit sticky on the lips, and some heat from the alcohol warms the stomach.
This was quite nice, and really in my wheelhouse ABV-wise. I would drink this frequently.
Damico (2491) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark thick cocoa black coffee in color with a decent tan head. The aroma is light booze, vanilla, and roasted malts. The flavor brings roasted malts, some chocolate and booze on a smooth, somewhat lighter body.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter:
Pours an ominous abyss of dark matter. Dense mocha head of about a finger and a half. Consistent retention and lacing. Big everything: coffee, melted chocolate, with all the appropriate malty backing flavors - vanilla, caramel, toffee, earthy goodness. Taste mirrors the nose. Stupendous. The feel is cloying and thick. Carbonation could be beefed up a notch. Overall, this is very tasty stuff. I wish this made it up to my neck of the woods. Thanks to bpgpitt10!
Newk (299) - - FEB 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2012 Poured from bomber into a tulip. Pours a dark black color, but lacking a bit of head.
Very good aromas of coffee, caramel, belgian chocolate and a good amount of malts. Very balanced, but slightly shy compared to the rest of the beer.
Full bodied with a real great and smooth feel. Dangerously smooth with great depth too. Polished with great flavors of belgian chocolate, roasted malts, and a good amount of hot caramel. You can’t notice the alcohol on this at all.
This is really damn good. Insanely smooth and polished, this is really impressive from half acre.
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just perfect. Aroma is deep chocolates and all those dark things. Beautiful pour. Dark as night and extremely creamy head that is aweosme. balanced. Perfectly smooth. A rarity.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle picked up at the brewery on the 2011 release day. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma has lots of fresh, sweeter coffees up front with a nice, rich, dark chocolate and caramel backing. Solid roast, some cream, licorice, and some spicy hops in the background. Flavor is similar. Lots of deep, dark, and rich chocolate malt up front with a good amount of fresh, sweeter and lightly roasted coffees. Caramel, some roast, cream, a light licorice, and a good amount of spicy hops that increase towards the end. Finishes moderately bitter and pretty dry from the hops, coffee, and roast, but very well balanced with a soft, rich chocolate sweetness and touch of cream. Lengthy aftertaste following a very soft and smooth, medium-full body with a creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, an awesome imperial stout. Very soft and smooth throughout with a well balanced, bold flavor. The coffee is big, but it never dominates and the chocolate malt is very rich and never cloyingly sweet. Fairly well hopped and dry in the finish with no hint of alcohol. Excellent beer.
DrnkMcDermott (2780) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another chance to catch on Half Acre while dropped in to Maria’s Community Bar. On draft, and on Monday’s it’s $5! Deal me in! Solid black of course, but with a thin, tan head. Smell starts with coffee and black licorice, which can be a little out of my comfort zone. Taste, though, is silky and oily at the same time. A lower bubble level helps bring in the impression of Kahlua with vanilla, as the anise on the nose is not found on the tongue. Still potent, but oddly not as forceful with the alcohol as the Chairman I just has was. Despite the potential for harsh roastiness, this beer is very very mellow. May not have all the bells and whistles as a Dark Lord, and you may still only be get bottles one day a year, but by George, you can find some on tap afterwards/
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, 2011 release, courtesy of a great BA trader. pours a deep, dark brown and sits nearly black in the glass with a smooth, rich, beige head that leaves sticky rings of lace on the glass. aroma is great, fairly unique, with rich, dark chocolate, toasted malts, espresso, and roast up front backed by notes of cinnamon bread, malted milk balls, and toffee with subtle hints of vanilla pudding, cake mix, and nougat. flavor is damn nice as well with rich, milk chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee, and vanilla icing up front backed by light dark fruits, cold espresso, and hints of toffee but i’m missing the spice notes that i really enjoyed from the aroma. palate is very smooth and has a nice creaminess to the mouthfeel with light carbonation and a long, dry, roasted finish. overall, a very nice imperial stout.
Atom (1300) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to mikem409 for this one! Been after this for awhile now. 2009 bomber pours dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark malts, chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, and a hint of coffee. Taste of bitter coffee, chocolate, molasses, oats, licorice, some fruit, and just a hint of alcohol warmness. Yummy!
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 Bottle courtest of Atom. Pours a very dark brown, almost black with some amber highlights in the glass. Pours just a tad thin. Aroma of strong raisins, roasted malt, tobacco(like what it smells like when you open a fresh pack of cigs), some sweet molasses. Flavors heavy on the tobacco side of things, some figs, more raisins, more dark fruit, and some roast. Finish is rather abrupt. Wish there was more body on this one. I like it, but not blown away. Maybe I just had high expectations.