FlandersNed (369) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Wow - this aged extremely well - far better than it was when introduced. Very dark brown color. Molasses and dark chocolate with ripe figs, and a slight char note. Full+ body and medium- carbonation.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes. First reviewed 12/23/2010. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.
The appearance is mostly opaque black with ruby edges. A small white head forms and dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.
Chocolate, dates, prunes, and sweet roasted malts come up to the nose.
The starting flavor is light chocolate, dark malts, dates, prunes, and espresso. The dark fruits surprised me a little bit here, in a good way. A little bit of black licorice, and no real hop presence. Stays sweet all the way to the end.
Black Rain feels sticky on the tongue, light to medium carbonation presented in a full body.
This was sweeter than I expected, maybe due to the time it spent in my cellar, but it was pretty nice.
BMan1113VR (7909) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to GRG1313. Pours with a near black body with a small tan head. Aromas are of dark fruits, raisins, grainy, figs, plums, and some autolysis. Flavors are chocolatey, grainy, medium esters, dark fruits and leather. Lower carbonation with a fuller body.
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours almost black in color with a minimal off-white head. Smells strongly of vanilla and molasses with a bit of dark fruit, dark chocolate, and coffee in there as well. Itís quite sweet on the nose; a bit too much for me. The flavor is somewhat nice, but also a bit too sweet. There is a really nice vanilla note, but also lots of molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. A hint of dark fruit and roasted malt, too. Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Picked this up at Samís Wine and Spirits on Butterfield on April 10, 2009.
A: Thick and very, very dark with minimal white head. A little bit of lacing.
S: Very sweet with a strong scent of black licorice. A little bit of dark malt with little hop presence.
T: Sweet and slightly bitter; the black licorice definitely comes through here. Very little complexity--mostly the sweetness throughout.
M: Light-to-medium bodied with very little carbonation. Slight alcohol feel as it goes down.
D: Not horribly impressive. I donít think I would buy this one again. Too strong on the licorice, and not nearly enough complexity.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in my Expedition snifter: Pours a deep brown with reddish highlights, small frothy tan head and some spotty lace. The aroma has notes of coffee, prune, walnuts, tar, some chocolate and vanilla, some grassy and herbal hops, and a a bit of sea salt and soy sauce weirdness. The taste starts shockingly medicinal, salty, and a bit meaty but then leads towards more traditional stout flavors of sweet and blackened malts. There is a bakers chocolate and peppery finish which is the best part of this brew. There is even a bit a nod towards the classic English kilned and oxidised flavor I do like. The mouth feel is a bit thin, something I would expect from a dry stout more than an Imperial. While brewed from Samís (RIP), I guess Binnyís got some of this and is least blowing it out to remove inventory. At the price, it is worth a try if you can find it.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a very dark brown color with a beige head. Roasty aroma with some dry cocoa powder notes. Doughy notes that smell like a pretzel. Roasty chocolate flavor. Decent stuff. Medium bodied.
SudsMcDuff (7259) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2010 had fresh and aged a year .. . Black, low sturdy foam .. minimal tar, and light roast .. . medium mouthfeel . .a impy stout for the beginners to be sure but enjoyable and not stuft down your throat kinda brew.. . happy to have tried it.. . held up well for a thinner stout.. .
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alexsdad06 (7430) - Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle purchased at Samís. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized fizzy tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, dark fruits, signs of oxidation, and burnt meat (maybe this is char, but it was strange). The flavor shows more signs of oxidation with dark fruity cherry, toffee, sweet, vanilla, woody, and some roast. Mouthfeel is thin for an imperial stout. Medium bodied at best. The combination of flavors is too sweet with not enough to chew on.
Rating #25 for this beer.
drpimento (2630) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2010 good beer. Not great beer, but good beer. poured a decent foamy frothy light tan head and a little lace. Color is an opaque very dark brown, maybe even black. Aroma is Choklity, roasty, malty. Flav is similar. body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is bittersweet and satisfying.