RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of those beers where I already like it based on the name and label alone. Nonetheless, here we go. Pours very black with a moderate brown head fading to a respectable ring. I’d rate the blackness somewhere close to Yeti, possibly darker, but lighter than Ten Fidy. Aroma of fudge, cocoa mix, pecans, espresso, raisins, earth, leaves, and hint of spicy herbal hops that remind me of oregano. Flavor of fudge, cocoa, vanilla, brown sugar, coffee, nuts, toasted pumpernickel, and a slight hint of raisin and spice. Finishes bitter, but moderately so compared to some hop bombs with flavors of coffee, nuts, earth, and rum. Chewy mouthfeel, creamy carbonation, but it’s never too heavy and does have a noticeable alcohol burn. I’m pleased to have an imperial stout like this brewed in Texas. This would have been unheard of like 7 years ago. great stuff!
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
batch2...black body, a dark tan head, great retention and lacing... wonderful milk chocolate aroma, very creamy, a sweet RIS but great.... the taste is light and smooth, the malt of the nose is there but balanced with some nice bitter coffee notes... an outstanding ris for less than $10
mixmaster (36) - California, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours more black than brown with a tall head. Smells of gas, cola, and chocolate. Opens with 80% cacao, burnt malt, bitter hops, wood and leather. Quick, clean finish, than a warm resurrection of hops with red wine. Nice subtle sweetness. Will probably buy a couple to age.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught) deep black with light brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roast malt. Flavor is bitter chocolate, hints of coffee and dark fruits, roast malt.
legion242 (2174) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
These guys are really starting to churn out some excellent stuff. This IS started with a bit more hops then I normally like, but a hefty malt backbone comesthrough and balances things out nicely. Lovely mouthfeel.
ilovedarkbeer (2279) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours a black brown color with a small foamy brown head. Notes of cola, espresso, And vanilla. Nice silky mouthfeel with a decent finish length.
craftycarl21 (2220) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a good looking tan head. Aroma holds cocoa nib, cream, and bitter roast. Flavor isn’t quite as exciting, with chocolate, caramel, cream, and some nice bitter presence. Palate is just a touch thin. Quite nice though.
Jblauvs (1339) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2011 Black pour. Aroma is chocolate dust, bakers chocolate, bitter, some booze, dark chocolate nibs, hardcore bitter chocolate. Subtle cacao, roast. Damn this stuff Rocks. - 4.2
Since initial rating have had several more bottles of this and they seem to be shadows of the first, plenty of char and chocolate, but somewhat thinner on the mouthfeel than I remember, yet still difficult to finish. deducting a few points. Still tasty, but not deserving of the originally very high score I gave - 3.9
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Epic black pour with a thick tan head. The nose holds huge roast and cocoa nib, milk chocolate, booze, caramel, and lactic cream. The flavor contains massive roast and dry cocoa nib, with booze and caramel abounding. The palate is a tad thin for the style with a dry chalky finish.
Ratman197 (9704) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, light fruittiness, light vanilla and light licorice. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry watery finish. Flavors of coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and light vanilla with a smooth dry watery lingering roasty finish.