ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle courtesy of atxdelivery. thanks, josh! looks like iím rating #100 for this one. sweet. pours a rich, sludgy black with a slowly developing dark moch head that has nice retention and leaves slick rings of lace. aroma is great with huge notes of dark chocolate, chocolate cake dougnuts, and toasted marshmallow backed by charred malts, light soy, and earth with hints of black coffee, tobacco barn, and a touch of toffee. flavor is delicious as well with heavy roasted malts, burnt chocolate brownies, and roast coffee backed by sugared plums, earth, wet leather, and hints of cigar ash with a touch of vanilla on the back end. palate is where this one let me down. how can a beer that looks so imposing and rich be so thin and meager on the tongue? carbonation is solid and the finish is long and roasty but this beer confounds me with it gorgeous, rich appearance but lack of muscle in the mouth. overall, this could be a bad-ass imperial stout as the label suggests but it needs some time in the gym to improve its body.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is thick and black with a nice big brown head.
S: There is a surprising fruitiness to the nose. Lots of dark fruits like plums and raisins along with some dark sugar and licorice. Plenty of roastiness, chocolate, and even a hint of smoke.
T: Nice sweetness from the fruits with the same raisin note that was on the aroma. Milk chocolate, burnt sugar, and molasses give some additional sweetness. A nice roastiness, slight char, and another hint of smoke.
M: Medium to full in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.
O: Iíve heard lots of good things about this and Iím happy to report they were true. Solid beer from this new-ish brewery.
markwise (4098) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to ericandersnavy for this one in trade. Pours obsidian black with a somewhat energetic dark tan head. There is a ton of yellow lace on the glass. Nose is chocolate, cocoa, some licorice, earth, and coffee with hints of toasty bitterness. There are hints of char and coffee bitterness as well. The flavor is deep and dark: roast, toast, char, chocolate, licorice, black coffee, earth, and bits of molasses. Liked a toned-down black Tuesday. Mouthfeel is thick and sultry, full of depth. Excellent imperial stout.
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours solid black, tan head. Roasted Malt aroma burnt malt flavor, hides the alcohol well. Thins out towards the end.
mmmbeer (1190) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber into a tulip glass- poured a blacker than hate color, carbonation gave me the finger while I tried to see it, tan ring around the glass for a head. Aroma of a burnt to hell malt, molasses, plums, tobacco- yet, not a hint of alcohol. Hits the mouth with a body wide enough to destroy your meek and meager thoughts of what a beer can be, firm blackened malt holds up in the middle, finish makes you want to punch a wall with your fist until it comes crashing down- even if you break all of the bones in your arm, compound at the least. You know what they say about Texas beer- frankly, I donít, but any other beer right now couldnít hold me cock right about now except for this. Yeah. A Texas Product.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from a trade pours thick black with a medium tan head that laces well. Aroma is molasses and roast with earthy tobacco and leather. Flavor is semi-sweet cocoa and bitter espresso with a big roast and burnt sugar in the finish. Really dries out. Nice stuff.
bleeng (1463) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bottle. Pours solid black with little head.Nose is light malts, coffee, burnt coal. Taste is a bit milky stout, with some coffee and lots of dark roasted malts. The most interesting thing about this beer is the body-supremely light for such a tasty beer. Goes down very east and confuses the brain into thinking you can drink this like a session beer. Fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable.
deyholla (5408) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Sarah! Pours a black with a creamy brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of roasted malt with some creamy chocolate and a bit of backing dark grains. Flavor is creamy with chocolate and dark grains backed by a bit of roast. Really nice on the tongue.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml shared by derek. Thanks! Have a couple of these.. Getting to try it before opening one. Pours a beautiful opaque black dark hue with a moderate sized dark brown hue, a cakey lacing head, pretty nice as it dies to a small film. Aromas are a good chunk of bakers chocolate, roasted malt, some sweeter toffee, caramel, and some toffee. Good kick of coffee, more cocoa, touches of dry floral hops and dry bitter roasty malts. Just a touch of dark fruit. Initial is fuller bodied preaching lots of cocoa, bakers chocolate, roast, toast. Sweeter caramel, toffee, some dark fruit comes into the fold with roast, vinous dark fruit. Into the backend lingering dry roast and fuller malt presence. Solid Imperial Stout, great appearance and aroma, solid flavor profile and balance. Not top shelf but a good one. A bit hot, bitter, roasty, envelopes the palate.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a midnight black with a quickly subsided head. From the pour, it appeared very thick.
Aroma: Coffee, vanilla, roast all in big doses.
Taste: Coffee, dark roasted malt and spicy hops. Very coffee forward.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick, a little chalky.
Overall: Not bad, seems like it could handle some cellaring, look forward to getting to know this beer even better.