TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Impenetrable black. Thick and persistent beige froth. Undesirable nose of grapefruit peels, pine tar, resin, and juniper. Huge notes of mocha chocolate, pen ink, and burnt toffee beneath. Apparent fusel sharpness along with hints of tire rubber and stale coffee grounds, as well. Initially viscous and fudge-laden, yet discordantly acidic and grainy with a nausea-inducing interplay of abrasive char and strident hop resins. Profoundly unrefined hop character displays no nuance or sophistication, whatsoever. Unremitting smoky espresso and silky mocha chocolate manage to outlast the resins and citric peels, though the core remains relatively hollow due to the sour and cottony char. Pointy hops continue to weaken the body as their acids buckle the cheeks. Finishes continually dry and caustic with one dimensional chalky roast colliding with aspirin-like hops. Smoky espresso and burnt toffee linger amid fleeting glimpses of blueberry and pen ink. Does show some promise as the malt has some appealing layers of richness beneath the light huskiness and ashy harshness. And there is a bit of estery allure, as well. But, to be perfectly frank, they have ruined this by relying heavily on copious amounts of Columbus hops and little else. Lovely appearance, though, featuring a voluminous khaki head atop an opaque black body. A kitchen-sink-style stout, thus a total drain pour.
jandd1983 (1880) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It poured a black color with a large tan head. The aroma was of heavy roasted malts and ryes with some slight smokiness, coffee, and a bit of ash. The taste was of cocoa powder, dark chocolate and decently hoppy, with more bitterness than expected. There were lots of roasted malts, coffee, rye, and dark chocolate. Nice.
drfabulous (3370) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce from the wine shop near Findley Market in Cinci. Chocolate throughout. Slight cherry taste in finish. Somewhat rich and sticky. Very tasty.
abcfan (650) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well done. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is toffee / bourbon. Taste is slightly sweet with vanilla notes. Finishes with an alcohol burn.
Hansen (5973) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, black. Has a light brown head, lasting. Roasted aroma, burnt bread, mixed dark notes, coffee, dark chocolate. Faint hoppy notes. FLavor starts sweet, lots of roasted notes. Bitter finish. Dry, creamy texture.
Zita (4005) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
chocolate, grass, black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long nice bitter chocolate finish,
Concealer (453) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours an opaque black with a dark brown head. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, light vanilla, light citrus, and pine. Flavor is similar with some rye. Meidum bodied, lingering bittersweet chocolate and spice.
Fritz123 (553) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Sybarite Pig in Boca Raton, FL. Tulip. Pours a black, viscous fluid with a thick tan head. Decent lacing. The aroma is powerful with chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee, and certainly rye. Sort of smelled like a chocolate rye bread if that exists. The taste is similar with the rye and chocolate coming through mostly. It isn’t sweet but rather toasted and dry malts (rye). The cocoa nibs and coffee hit on the finish. It is full bodied and heavily carbonated for a stout. Kind of odd category but was very good.
demmbonz (408) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to big snifter. Thick black pour with a tan head that is long lasting. Hoppy and spicy aroma. Would never guess stout if blindfolded. Deep chocolate flavor with a rye and hop kick.
calm_dreamer (76) - GREECE - NOV 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full black body with a thick brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa and toasted stuff. Dry flavor of pretty much the same things with some pine. Also earthy hops are apparent. Nice aftertaste and carbonation.
Lowe1983 (1304) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating 1300. Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of caramel, roasted, and chocolate malts with a hint of citrus hops. Plenty of rye as well on the aroma. Flavor is strong of the roasted, rye, and chocolate malts. There’s a hint of citrus hops on the finish with plenty of bitterness as well. Not much alcohol flavor for being an imperial stout.