brian60625 (716) - Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2011 Big Hugs lures you in like a fat, purring kitten. You’ll pick up on some big tastes, mostly sweet coffee and durable oak barrel maltiness. It’s medium bodied and has a deceptively non-boozy flavor.
dinkle50 (875) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma at first is a bit terrible. Smells like rubbing alcohol. This looks tasty though. Nice off white head with a super dark beer below. Taste is roasted coffee & chocolate notes. The alcohol is super hidden. Mouth feel is creamy and satisfying. Half Acre has done great things with this one.
nimbleprop (4146) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle scored via the BA Gang Bang BIF. Pours an oily, opaque black with a thin beige head. Big malty aroma, coffee, a little vanilla, toasted bread, licorice, chocolate. I find the nose to be very inviting. Flavor has some sweet coffee, cola, vanilla beans, malty, light chocolate, cake icing. Full bodied, sweet finish. Sweet but also tasty.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at rbwg 3/5/11.
some sort of cat monster punching a rainbow.... possibly the most badass label ever.
brownish black color with a tan head.
dusty nose with notes of coffee, fruit (dont know which), chocolate, roast and a touch of coffee-like tartness.
the flavor is more or less the same... coffee lingers a while in the aftertaste.
rich, slick and yum. 7/4/7/3/15
Mora2000 (5299) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of coffee and chocolate with a lot of roasted malts. A very nice smelling Imperial Stout.
The flavor is more of the same. The chocolate and coffee really compliment the roasted malt notes well. There is also a nice cream and oats component to the flavor which I really enjoy.
Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
A very nice Imperial Stout.
nbutler11 (1263) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by smokepot23 at RBWG. One of my favorites of the weekend, actually. Love the older label. Pours coffee black with a beige head. Smells and tastes of balanced notes of roasted coffee, toasted malts, bitter cocoa, caramel, and oatmeal. Hearty and delicious. I felt the love.
jckp64 (355) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Phaleslu. Thanks Peter! Pours dark with a nice tan head. Aroma is oats, chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, oak and caramel. Has a nice roasted finish. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.
bhiner41 (171) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smell of sgar and coffee, somewhat burnt. Almost porter like in smell. Appearance is black, no head, small white ring. Heavy taste, smooth texture. No after taste for a big stout. Nice overall beer.
phaleslu (5701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle I’ve had for a while- it has the older label, which is pink and has the giant cat on a hill with flowers and punching through a rainbow. Crazy Japanese-influenced art. I like it. Anyway, I think it was a 2009 bottle. Aroma of roasted malts, oats, brown sugar, molasses, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malts, toast, caramel, charred oak, and coffee. Both are very simple. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a roasty mouthfeel. Pretty basic imperial stout that goes down easy.
JoePeesie (853) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the Imperial Stout that got me into drinking stouts. It has a beautiful slight coffee essence. Not over bearing, while I liked the original (9.5% abv) I think the release from last year (12.5% abv) was even more robust and delicious. This beer will have me waiting in line once again on a cold December day when it is next released.