rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours jet black, with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malt. Body is medium. Flavor is harsh. Acrid burnt roasted malt. Wish I let it age out longer.
Pailhead (5746) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of rayl101
Bottle: The aroma consists of dark chocolate, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with small brown head that quickly fades to a film. The flavor starts with moderate dark chocolate and a touch of fruit. The finish has light-moderate vanilla and a touch of coffee. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat oily mouthfeel.
suprchunk (2671) - Crestview, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a black hue. I think it sucked the light from around it. Big tan head with a lighter tan head on top of that. Strange, but cool looking layered head. Not much lacing. Creamy aroma. Coffee, malt, caramel, vanilla and chocolate aromas. Sweet velvety, cold chocolate coffee. A bit of a bitter mouthfeel after swallowing, but melded well with the sweet maltiness. Very good Imperial Stout.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - APR 25, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to snifter. Deep dark pour, with a mocha head that lasts quite a while, before fading to decent lacing. Aroma is fairly standard: Coco, coffee, dark burnt malts, a bit of dark fruit, and just a hint of hops. Flavor is much the same, with the dominant notes being the dark burnt roast, and bitter coffee. Mouthfeel is spot on: creamy and just slightly cut by a bit of booze. A very nice IS, though not over the top in any way.
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles from blutt59 and Conan. Black pour with a big brown head. Aroma is lots of chocolate, kinda coffee, and a little roasted. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and just a little alcohol. Big, roasted finish.
blutt59 (6246) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, dark brown to black in color with good aroma of black coffee, cocoa nibs and chocolate, flavor is dense espresso, roast malts, charred, lasting finish
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big thanks to starrdogg for opening up a bottle of this. Served in a Bruery tulip.
Pours black with a good light tan head with pretty good retention and a slight bit of lacing. The nose is quite roasty and a bit smokey off the bat. After the initial whiff, there’s some mild chocolate as well, though it keeps coming back to the smokiness. The flavor exhibits the same qualities with a dry roastedness coming through most prominently, followed by some smoke. Nothing too complex, but the components integrate quite well. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. It’s a bit too bitter in the finish. Drinks well and is certainly a good beer. Thanks again, Matt.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-10-2011
bhensonb (12587) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Capped 750 from ericandersnavy. Pours very black with a 3 finger creamy dark tan head. Getting a lot of chocolate in the aroma. Think that stiff head may be an obstacle to fine detail. Near full body. Lots of smooth dark malt and chocolate. Heat ramps up a bit. Moves on into something more mocha than anything else. Starbucks should get a recipe that will match this. It’s simply delicious. Finishing on the dry bitter side.
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy blutt59 and Fratto. Pours very dark black color with a tannish head. Aroma is roasted malts, some toasted notes, chocolate and a bit wood. Flavor is dark chocolate and very roasty. Sweet malts continue on through the flavor. Finishes dry with a large tingle finish. Pretty good, a bit burnt.
thirdeye11 (5817) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle thanks to blutt59) pours near black, soapy tan bubbles. Nose of milk chocolate, mild ash, nice hop presence, cream, vanilla. Taste of ash, bakers chocolate, moderately aggressive hop presence, medium thick body, linger of medium hops and dark chocolate. Really drinkable for the abv! Smooth.