SSSteve (3991) - - MAR 11, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. one of the thickest, blackest beers i’ve poured. really viscous and oily with a small brown head. aroma of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. flavor is robust black malt with dark chocolate and toasted cookie. notes of vanilla as it warms. some lingering hop bitterness, but malts win here. palate is oily and full. i would prefer a little more sweetness but you can’t deny how massive this beer is.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber at dak’s on 7/29/10.
black pour with dark reddish at the edges and a spongy small tan head.
big fudge-y nose... vanilla, ashy roast, florals (alcohol and hops), some woodiness, tar and prunes.
smooth, rich oatmeal-y thick body coats the tongue.
heavy flavor... vanilla, chocolate and cocoa/dark choco tartness, toasty nuts/coffee, mild smoke and an ashiness on the finish. 8/4/8/4/16+
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich smoky roasted malt nose, lots of molasses and prunes, and dark chocolate. Taste is very sweet, moderately bitter, lots of milk chocolate, light brown sugar, molasses, light prune and raisin. It’s a bit brash and green, but decent.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
pitch black and viscous with large tan head. nose of citrus hops (surprising since it has been aged a year) and of roasted malt. firm bitterness before low crystal malt before some chocolate malt with the roasted then following. some citrus hop flavor is noted. the alcohol provides wonderful depth intermixing with the chocolate malt and the thick mouthfeel leaving a milk like finish to the beer. a beautiful fermentation profile provides little residual sweetness resulting in an amazingly drinkable brew that is impressively conceived and amazingly brewed. A premier imperial stout and without a side by side taste test I cant imagine a better one
zach8270 (3904) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(beer tasting @ Monty’s Krown - Rochester, NY: bottle - 22 oz) Another of the highlights of the tasting. Slick black and oily pour with a thick tan head. Huge roasted malt aroma. Lots of dark malts and chocolate malts. Some light sweetness from the oatmeal. Thick and rich roasted flavor at the start with tons of roasted black malts and toasted chocolate and cocoa. Coffee flavors and a light creamy sweetness coming up from the oatmeal. Very thick and heavy.
Ughsmash (7407) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber for rating #4,900! Poured inky black with only a light, swirly dusting of tan head going on. The aroma picked up burnt black patent and dark chocolate maltage first and foremost, with smoke, vanilla, and sweet, rolled oats accenting.. alcohol amplified everything, but was never overt.. lots of warm, dark sugars. The flavor found syrupy, near-burnt dark chocolate and black patent again (the chocolate played a greater role than on the nose).. fresh coffee and earthy bitterness plus smoky accents.. some black peppery notes joined toward the back.. powerful feel, with the alcohol again simmering just below the sweet, sugary surface.. tasty stuff! Heavy-bodied with a huge malt bill.. the oats smoothed out the feel as intended.. a little more roast than I wanted, but that’s just being picky.. excellent brew!
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2011
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bomber.Pours a thick jet black with a brown thick head.Nose is sweet smelling chocolate,pine hops and toasted malts.Taste is bitter hops,sugary sweet malts,chocolate,smoke and coffee.This is no doubt one of the greatest RIS’s all time.Just a true classic!Glad I bought 2!!
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a very thin tan head. Smells of roasted malt, dark fruit, light spice, boozy. Tastes of roasted bitter malt, licorice, some bitter elements.
mixmasterob (983) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Black pour with a gorgeous dark brown head. Aroma was full of big roasted malts, coffee bean and bitter dark cocoa. Flavors were big, huge, full of roast, coffee and cocoa. Aroma incarnate. Espresso like bitterness. Huge silky smooth, full mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Big, roasty, bitter and super smooth. Great stout.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a pitch black beer with a weak chocolate head. The aroma is malt, licorice, sweetness, roasted and ash. The flavor is close to the nose with some additional wood and alcohol. The palate is sweetness. Overall a really good beer.