Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty much black. Dark brown head. Meaty, smoky, intense aroma. Rich and thick, the molasses comes through big time. Lots of sweet malts but also richly hopped. Burnt dark sugars, figs, molasses...intense malts and an inky finish with lots of burnt sugar character. Has all the intensity of a good impy, but with some style too.
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
inky soy and licorice oily roast in the nose. dense and layered with dark chocolate and espresso. wet and earthy, dense and ink-heavy. smooth texture, low carbonation, mild to medium hop bitterness. surprisingly delicious imperial stout on a sunny and hot day.
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at GABF. Pours with a bit black body and a large deep brown head. Aromas are chocolate, rich, alcohol, light smoke, anise and tar. Flavors are a bit smokey, rich, thick, chocolate, anise, caramel, bready and a touch vinous. Rich with a light caramelization or melanoidin character. Medium bubbles, mouth-coatingly viscous. Well made. I really enjoyed this one!
douglas88 (6336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at GABF 2011- had a few samples of this! Pours a murky dark brown color with a medium tan head. The aroma is rich coffee, some brown sugars and dark fruit. A rich flavor of coffee, roast, light dark fruit, fairly viscous, a very robust rich beer. Excellent. Finishes creamy and sweet.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
At ABQ beer fest. Black with nice brown head. Excellent powdery chocolate aroma and carob, and toasted cashew butter. Thick viscous palate. Mouth-coating brew! Coffee liqueur, rich, dense flourless cake. Vanilla bean. Malted milk. Dark, dark syrups. Agave syrup. Ink but no iodine. Roast but not burnt. Fudgy with extra dark Belgian chocolate truffle. Oooh yeah!
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Black with a medium sized beige head
Aroma: Roasted malts, roast coffee and chocolate
Taste: Roasted malts, milk chocolate and woody
A nice Imperial stout, clean and tasty
onceblind (4623) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2011. Oily black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted dark black malt with dark toasty biscuit, a light touch of chocolate, and roasted coffee. Nice full body with a long linger, a huge whopping of malts with no real bitterness or hop profile. As sweet as it is burnt, there are tones of coffee, chocolate, roasted black malts, and general stoutiness. Pretty dang good.
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roast, lots of pretzel (salt), chocolate, and charred malt. Flavor is very sweet initially with a pretzelly/crackery finish. Also burnt and charred malt, booze. It is very sweet and salty at the same time and these flavors somewhat clash. It is a good imperial stout, but it could be better (and I’ve had much better) although it probably is the best local impy.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at GABF. Pours a good looking deep black with a brown head that fades away. Nose is on the sweeter side, licorice and char. Some sublte roasted grain and a slight hoppy spin. The sweetness dominates in the nose. On the palate, it is similar. On the sweeter side but with enough bitterness to support it. Creamy mouthfeel and more of the char and licorice. Alcohol is noted. Not a bad beer, just not my style.
smith4498 (3085) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from a trade with ketchepillar. Pour very dark brown with light brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and espresso. Sweet milk chocolate flavor with roasted malts and coffee. Full body with soft carbonation and a silky mouthfeel. Really nice! Thanks Sam.