alexsdad06 (5429) - Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown in color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma is dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, black coffee with a splash of molasses. The flavor has roasted malt, dark chocolate, black coffee, smooth mouth feel, pretty much what you would expect in an imperial stout. Nothing really stands out however.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, GREAT label. Pours jet black. Sweet malty aroma, nothing special, a bit sweet taste.... Ahhh this is nothing special
andyhwcinc (1444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a gorgeous mid March Friday night kicking back after a long work week. Appearance is a pitch black with a rich, bubbly tan head that laces to the glass. Aroma is big in the coffee and chocolate notes, smells rich, bit of lactose, not too boozey. Taste is delicious. Slight bitterness from the coffee, bit of lactose, big chocolate notes, itís pretty good, there are definitely better imperial stouts out there though. Itís big, but not too big. Still good stuff.
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 (2579) - 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 canít 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 (2800) - 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 Mariaís Community Bar. On draft, and on Mondayís itís $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/