Mikey58 (3) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Discount Liquor. Pours dark brown/black, opaque. Dark chocolate and coffee on the nose. Substantial head. Taste is rich, dark roasted malts. Coffee, dark chocolate, with subtle hints of dried fruit and star anise. Nicely balanced Imperial Stout. I’ll be going back for this one. Well done.
Chudwick (2145) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle into Le Duvel - produced huge head right away - so much so that I had to take in as much as I could to prevent it from spilling over all over the place. I was successful in that attempt and detected strong roasty coffee grind flavors. That was a rush, literally. Now that I have time to type...
Expectation: this brewery has been hit or miss and has provided a few huge head beers.
Hardware: see above
Nose: heady. roast and that aroma I usually get with old beers that are overcarbonated (especially Ohio’s Cardinal).
Sip: honestly the head tastes better than the actual beer. Slight milk chocolate but faint.
taste: dark chocolate bitterness
Misc: not that boozy
Conclusion: a good beer, but not a stellar impy stout.
bluejacket74 (1318) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle, I think it’s about a year or so old if not older. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. There’s a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, milk and bittersweet chocolate, and some anise. It tastes like roasted/charred malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, anise, caramel and some light citrusy/piney hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I kept meaning to buy this when fresher, but I guess I just kept passing it by until I noticed it went on sale. I have liked the other Hinterland brews I’ve tried in the past, and this one is good too. I think this one ages well! Bought on closeout for $5.99 a 4-pack.
kramer (4945) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque black body under a large frothy brown head that slowly receded. The nose is big and bold with lots of roast and espresso along with a slight citrusy note. Just a bit of alcohol, fairly minimal for such a big beer. The flavor is a little too heavy on the burnt malt, but it’s pretty decent. Some slight sweetness, lots of espresso-roast coffee, moderate alcohol, lingering burnt caramel. Pretty decent Imperial Stout, not the best as far as depth or subtlety goes, but it’s enjoyable. Full bodied and quite chewy with just a bit of stickiness. Not one I’d buy again, but a decent experience.
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s tasting. Pours black, sweet, dry chocolate roast, bitter.
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big black pour small brown head thick and well laced. Roasty aroma dry chocolates hint of lactose a light bitterness in the finish well blended slightly warm swallow. Thick well coated palate. Pretty good stuff.
1pintatatime (76) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours nearly black with a medium dark tan head. Head dissipates fairly quickly with minimal lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and black licorice with a touch of booze at the end. Taste is burnt toast, dark chocolate, and even just a a bit nutty. Reasonably dry finish. Good mouth feel throughout. Personally I prefer the Luna Coffee Stout but this is also very good.
zimbo (560) - SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge tan head pour with some gloss.Light. Some sweetness. Suave nose. Coffee earthy with a biscuit quality. Not very Imperial stouty at all but tasty still.
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home .. deep black ... bit tan head ... soft sweet malty chocolate nose ... light fizzy ... little too soft and sweet dark roast ... little bitter cholate .. coffee earth .. finsih
rlgk (10516) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ware House Liqour, Chicago. Pitch black beer with a very nice beige/brownish beer. Roasted coffee aroma, malty, cocoa, licorice, hat, fruity, raisins, figs, soot, some dark chocolate. Coffee flavor, figs, raisins, soot, hoppy, heavy roasted, livorice, some dark chocolate. Roasted hop finish with dark chocolate, caramel, livorice, hay and some citrus. Good beer.