Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, grassy chocolate malt with light dark fruits. In mouth, a smooth sweet chocolate with vanilla, grassy hops, sustained bitterness, loads of alcohol warmth, nice. On tap at Istmus Beer and Cheese Fest, Jan 19 2012.
Ratman197 (8484) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and dark fruit. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: pours an opaque obsidian with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a mild, slightly chocolatey nose with some black cherry and vanilla notes along with some ash. Starts with pretty good fullness and light effervescence with a chewy sweet dark caramel maltiness and good cherry and vanilla complexity that comes out as it warms. Finishes drier and smoky. Pretty unique and should age well.
Ughsmash (6914) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Braise. Poured black with a short-lived, dark brown head. The aroma picked up roasty, fairly generic black malts and cocoa with tangy berry and fresh earthy accents.. tart cherries and warm malts on the back of the nose. The flavor found tart cherries and barrel upfront, with toasty, lightly-smoked black malt, cocoa, and lesser coffee behind.. bright cherry skins and dry-roasted malt on the long finish. Medium-plus bodied with low-ish carbonation on the palate.. very dry and roasty.. good overall, but not great.
crossovert (5641) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is awesome, definitely like a vanilla/cherry/cocoa dessert but not too sweet.
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at 18th Annual IMB Summer Fest:
Deep brown, creamy head, spotty lace. The aroma is nutty, chocolate, coffee, woody, smoky and hint of cherry pits. The taste is twangy prune and cherries along with coffee, walnuts, and some oak. Finished with some cocoa and vanilla bean notes. Very minor pepper like bite as well. The mouth feel is smooth and oily. Meh, honestly very average stuff... been there done that sort of vibe.
deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a lot of bitter dark grains with coffee and a touch of tobacco. Flavor is similarly bitter with roasted malts, coffee and bitter chocolate with a hint of sweet dark grains underlying.
BVery (5134) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Iím digging this. Very dark dense looking pour. Rich and roasty, mocha, licorice, slight cherry sweetness. Medium-dense palate. Very nice!
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thin tan head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind a tan ring and spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted chocolate, black malt and toasted mocha, a hint of molasses and light soy. Taste is full-bodied, a little oily with soft carbonation. Flavors of toasted chocolate and coffee notes, light vanilla and very, very, faint cherries. Finish is semi-dry, a little alcohol warmth with some lingering chocolate nibs and vanilla aftertaste. Nice imperial stout and a fist of the 25th anniversary series.
EithCubes (4412) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle, fresh. Simple nose is inky chocolate and faint dark roast, pours an inky brown-black with a short light brown head. Taste moderately sweet with a hint of gentle alcohol poking its head out, minimal hops with smooth, portery chocolate/cocoa, very light red berries/fruitiness, could be cherry juice but itís pretty faint. Silken medium body a little flat, to be honest, though that velvety smoothness is hard to achieve. Overall impression is genteel and refined, a nice change of pace of the general style, but with that comes a surprising, inoffensive ... blandness.