b3shine (5184) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft to snifter at Three Floyds. Looks good; a dull dark brownish black with mocha head that dissipates into lacing. Smells sweet and malty with a bit of coffee and cherries. Nice and smooth on the palate. Good beer.
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@RBWG-JAX Grand Tasting-still-black that sheets. A-sweet dk malt, dk fruit. T-sweet dk malt, dk fruit, earthy. Easy.
alexsdad06 (5325) - Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2013 Draft sample at Three Floyds. Pours oily black in color with a small creamy khaki head. The aroma has chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits favoring black cherry, coffee, molasses and alcohol. The flavor has dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark caramel, molasses, black cherry, moderate sweetness, with a thick mouth feel. Earthy bitterness to the finish. Solid Imperial stout.
markwise (4425) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at RBWG. Thanks to the kind soul who opened it. Pours a hazy stout brown with a tan head. Nose is sweet chocolate, light booze, some roast, and some oaky whiskey. Flavor is similar with chocolate, some booze, some fruit, and some oak with hints of whiskey. Medium in body and nice overall.
pdx77 (1219) - Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Gigantic’s Chicagoland Beers event at Apex. Deep dark black with brown head. Aroma of chocolate, dark cherry, and bourbon. Flavor starts with a chocolate covered cherry then morphs into molasses and vanilla. Finishes smooth and boozy.
valpoaj (614) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled FOBAB ’12 - reading through the program (which is becoming more and more brutal as the number of beers seems to exponentially increase and there’s no list prior to entering the fest) I see something from Haymarket aged in barrels formerly housing port - nuff said! Pours black with a deep tan head. Aroma is enticing and bold - loads of sweet malt, chocolate, some dark fruits (cherry was notable). Flavor is quite good as well - chocolate, sweet and roasty malts, vanilla, coffee. Picked up the slightest of metallic notes that, while not a game stopper, wouldn’t get out of my head... Palate is pretty darn rich while not overwhelming and has a long, roasted finish - very warming and a bit boozy at the end. Good, if not excellent IS
adamsjg (11) - Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent! Malty imperial stout. More chocolate than coffee. Slight cherry and toffee flavones as well.
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TheAlum (5555) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft offering on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a richer deep blackish pour, dark and ominous, thicker feel in the glass with some ruby elements on edges and bottom. A big frothy brownish head atop that dies to a firm layer, laces ok and sticks around well. Aromas are fairly rich, bakers chocolate and a bit of dark fruit. Roasty, toasty, and caramel. Some creamy silky dark malts, sweetness. A bit of black cherry, cocoa, and coffee. Deeper sweet dark malts, kisses of anise, caramel and toffee. Initial is bigger and thick, giving a firm dark fruit/cherry element up front. Black cherry, cocoa, and roasty malts mix with thicker dark malts, caramel, and darker sweetness. Load of coffee, a full body but not as heavy as expected. Roasty and more bitter as it moves into the backend and finish, lingering cherry, roast, and cocoa. Fresher coffee and ashy roasty malts, growing bitterness into the backend and lingering into the finish. Middle really let’s the dark fruit and cherry do some work, giving some firm jabs and kinda getting big. Lingering roasty coffee, dark fruit black cherry, cherry chocolate, bakers cocoa, roasty earthy malts. Sweetness hits in the nose and middle. Solid offering, obviously dark fruit slanted but plays well with each element, getting more roasty and dry into finish as I like. Pretty good.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Haymarket. Cool to finally try the base beer here! Pours a pitch black with iodine film and a deep brown head. The nose is cocoa with a burnt sugar and molasses quality. Charred and black smelling with some fruity esters holding their own. Clean ethanol is noted in the background. On tasting, more of that burnt caramel and a bitter chocolate quality. Medium sweetness, the roast and hop bitterness help dry this out. Really quite balanced. Some fruity notes come through, ester and alcohol derived. Pretty damn fine RIS.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Haymarket. I’m generally a sucker for Pete’s imperial stouts so admittingly I have high expectations. Pours that perfect motor oil jet black with tan head around the rim. Aroma is a lot of coffee grounds, dark chocolate bar, cherries, with hint of raisin. Flavors are sweet licorice, dark chocolate, raisin, molasses, and toffee. Thick syrupy mouthfeel. This is a beast of a stout, very thick and almost too sweet a times but there is enough bitterness and coffee roast to balance. I can see why this beer ages so well in a barrel. This is about as much I can handle (and still enjoy it) on the sweet impy side of things.