esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Longhsot. Dark brown with a medium brown crown. Aroma is big and roasty with coffee, rye and dark malts. Taste of roasted dark malts, coffee, chocolate, rye, a touch of alcohol and a mild bitter aftertaste.
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Svart i färgen, ljusbrunt skum. Doftar havrekakor, choklad, knäckebröd, torrt rostat kaffe. Smakar rostat bröd, rostad malt, kaffe, choklad, kakor, trä, bark, havrekakor. Söt lite klistrig avslutning.
superspak (2681) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but was released in 11/2012. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, pine, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, toast, light char, dark bread, spicy rye, and hop earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity; did not a profile similar to a Black IPA. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, char, toast, pine, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, dark bread, spicy rye, light coffee, and hop earthiness. Fair amount of coffee and citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, pine, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, dark bread, spicy rye, light coffee, and hop earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance, complexity, and robustness of roasted notes; with a great hop/malt balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible rye imperial stout! Great balance, complexity, and robustness of flavors; and extremely easy to sip on. An extremely delicious offering, would definitely have it again.
AWISLguy (1333) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from B&B in Wind Lake. Pours a very dark black with a chocolate milk head leaving nice lacing. Aroma has roasted malts, some surprising piney hops and bakers chocolate with a touch of licorice. Taste is of sweet chocolate, roasted caramel malt and some tangy dry rye spicyness. Sweet and grainy-dry. The aroma surprised from the color, and then the taste was quite unexpected from the aroma. Finishes sweetly bitter and dry. Would say "sweet stout" or "porter" or "black ipa" prior to saying "imperial stout" ... nonetheless, it is tasty and enjoyable.
daknole (9142) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big black pour with a beige head. Lots of roast, hops and very bitter dark chocolate. Think of a smoother and more refined Abyss.
BVery (6559) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Awesome thick dark pour with a frothy dense brown head. Roasted malts, smooth palate, and the rye plays a little odd but interesting here. Good stuff.
Theis (13521) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Pitch black - nice big offwhite head. High malty, chocolate, smooth body, light spicy rye notes, citrus, lots of chocolate, ok hoppy, dry burned malts, dry bitter hoppy finish.
MrBunn (2461) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. So this is the second of the Hoppin Frog collaboration stouts I have sampled, and I must say that I far preferred the other one. This beer pours a deep brown with a tan head and aromas that are a little odd... Lots of herbal and slightly resiny hops are present as is a twang of rye or something. It’s almost a sour edge to the nose, but it gets much more pronounced in the flavor. The thing tastes like a very bitter and maybe even tannin heavy beer. Kind of like an odd mix of old coffee and tea bag or something. Mouthfeel is a little thin and it just doesn’t work as well as most HF beers I have tried.
TURDFERGUSON (3961) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, opened the night of rrbf by Ucusty, bottle provided by OSCF. Sunday morning breakfast sample, right before check-out. Still pours with a big tan rocky head, dark brown color. Nose shows lots of roast, rye, bakers cocoa. Flavor is similar, actually becomes more one-dimensional as it warms which I find a little odd. Lightly ashy finish with a bit of spice from rye.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a thin tam head.
Aroma: Dark chocolate big herbal hops.
Taste: Spicy dry toasted malt. Black coffee, chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Thin side for impy. Moderate carbonation. A little silky.
Overall: A very well made, flavorful beer. For an Imperial Stout, I like it a little bigger, but names and styles aside, its a wonderful offering.