hivemind (692) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Pony w James, Andy, Feng. Black pour, cocoa powder head that retreats to the edge of the glass quickly. Light toasty coca, coffee and dairy on the nose with even some hops - deserving of a 9 in aroma. Palate is milky, notes of light coffee or chocolate powder, sweet and dark. I would describe it as rich and sweet yet medium bodied and a roasty, underwhelming aftertaste.
thornecb (3985) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha conglomerate head froths and recedes leaving spider lacing. Dark chocolate and pit fruit aromas. Thin with smoky chocolate upfront turning to caramel and pit fruit before the lasting hot espresso finish.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop. Pours black with a thin tan head. Nose of roast, chocolate, molasses and some fruit, but the fruit fullness really comes out on the taste, with notes of raisin, prune, and fig. Some creamy action in there as well. Sweet, with a hint of light tartness. Tastes great.
AirForceHops (2374) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle that I purchased @ Nikki’s Liquors, Providence, R.I. for $2.99. Vintage is 2012. Quickly dissipating tan head that died to nothing. Aroma is roasted malts, dark fruit and light vanilla. Tastes of decent amounts of roasted chocolate malts producing notes of coffee and raisins. Secondary flavors of light smokiness or burnt wood and light vanilla. Texture is on the oily side with a slick texture. ABV is masked after it’s cellared a bit like this bottle. For the price I paid for a bottle or what you will find for a 4 pack; it really is worth a try. Not going to blow your mind with flavor for the style, yet it still is a well-made imperial stout.
Chudwick (1566) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - pours black with little brown head and thin lacing. Nose is dark fruit. Flavor adds faint coffee and indistinct malts. I’m betting this is too cold as is. BRB... as it warms flavor borders on licorice and resin. Somewhat sweet and bitter on the finish. Not what I expected but not necessarily a bad thing. Quite complex and an interesting take on the style.
BeerandBlues2 (8556) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Max’s Taphouse. Pours opaque black with a small, creamy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is dark fruity esters, dark chocolate and roast malt with earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with chocolate notes, light hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Scrapersnbeer (1260) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Czernobog is Harpoon’s new big stout. Aroma of dark chocolate and strong french roast coffee, with some distinct hopping as well. Oily black liquid, not too thick looking. Strong bittersweet flavor, like drinking a a black coffee infused with chocolate. While it does taste strong, the full ten percent is not in evidence. Thin palate feel, but don’t be fooled, this beer is dense and filling. Not in the realm of extreme imperial stouts, more like one you might find in Poland.
TaktikMTL (5396) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Beverage Warehouse (Winooski, VT). Arôme: Odeur de céréale grillée et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de chocolat et de céréale grillée avec une pointe de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de torréfaction en arrière goût. (Rating #5236)
williamstome (644) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, minimal brown head. Aroma is subtle chocolate roastiness. Flavor is medium roast, dark chocolate and dark fruit. Very smooth. Nice!
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black color, aroma of roasted malt, dark fruits, earth notes, same flavors with chocolate, coffee, slight pine hops, pretty strong astringent boozy finish, lacking the rich complexity of a good imperial stout