alassio (83) - USA - APR 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The roasty malts are there, but still it’s kind of simple and sweet. Minimal head, thins out on the palate. All the basic elements of an imperial stout are there, but it all seems kind of pooped out, with the sweetness predominating, which is not a good thing.
corby112 (2736) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours viscous, jet black and completely opaque with a half finger mocha head that immediately settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.
Slightly smokey, roasted dark malt aroma with strong chocolate and coffee character. Hints of ash, charcoal and burnt toast followed by dark chocolate powder, used coffee grinds, oatmeal and licorice. I usually like smokey aroma but this smells more burnt than anything with a bit of chocolate.
On the lighter end of medium body with a blend of smoke, deeply roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Very dry and bitter but never becomes overly acrid with ash, burnt toast, oatmeal and stale coffee beans. This is countered by a much sweeter chocolate presence than anticipated. Hints of caramel, toffee, silky dessert like chocolate and lactose sugar. There’s also some licorice, dark fruit and boozy sweetness rounding things out in the finish. The high ABV is nicely masked and the sweetness in the finish make it easier to drink but its still a little heavy on the smoked/burnt malt for my liking.
Homer321 (2982) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep dark licorice and luscious chocolate nose. The aroma is as solid as any Impy stout I’ve had. Pitch black. Minimal head. Taste is a tad disappointing when compared to the aroma. Seems a bit thin and watery with a harshly roasted watery weirdness. Wish the taste lived up to the nose.
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
March Ale Alpharetta. Age didn’t do this one too well. While the alcohol is nonexsistant, the rest of the umph of the stout has faded. Bits of cocoa, vanilla and some dark fruits remain, but it is a watered down and lacking the carbonation to carry the remaining flavors.
GTAEgeek (1588) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle shared by Freya at Ale Alpharetta. Black, with a tan ring. Orange juice, coffee, caramel, and bitterness chocolate. Heavy body, sticky, and slick. This is a weak imperial stout. Not bad, but not impressed.
HonusWagner (1872) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rich, sweet chocolate. Somewhat chalky. A bit of metallic twang. Not impressed. You tricked me, Ratebeer.
jtclockwork (11810) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Bobby. Homebrew day. Pours black brown head. Nose/taste of cocoa nib, dark cherry, roast chocolate, milk chocolate and tar/molasses/sap. Medium body.
SlovakSniper (4148) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml. Noire comme la nuit. Mousse brune crémeuse qui cherche la ténacité. Nez de chocolat, de gaufrette au caramel, de vanille rôtie avec un fond de tabac à pipe. Goût de pâtisserie chocolatée sur fond rôti avec quelques grains de café fraîchement moulus enrobés par une mélasse fruitée. Corps de moyenne densité avec un pétillement plutôt bas et une texture crayeuse. Une finale très amère de chocolat presque pur et presque poivré.
fluffy (2024) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
more of a dry cocoa than a chocolate nibs flavor, but still a nice robust stout.
DuffMan (8321) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Oily near-black pour with a slow-to-form finely bubbled brown head. Aroma is very fudgey, chocolate liqueur, subtle coffee. Flavour is rich cocoa without being cloying or fake, some subtle vanilla sweetness, finishing with a distinct capsicum note. This greenpepper finish did not ease off, and if anything became more apparent as the beer went down. No hint of the cherries anywhere-- but I didn’t care, as this beer sat very well with me just the way it was. Best offering from Lakefront? Yep, I think for me it is! Even after having visited the brewery.
beastiefan2k (2969) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Jerrys in Wicker Park. Black body with a thick ass brown head. The commercial deScription for this beer scared me but its not a thick sugar bomb. Body is well carbonated and medium thick. Goes down real easy. The cherry serves up tartness that really lightens the beer at the end of the flavor. its a prominent character that isn’t artificial. Vanilla is unnoticeable, thankfully. Chocolate character but the beer doesn’t taste like a hodgepodge of random adjuncts. Hazelnut brownie soda is a good way to describe this flavor. Aroma has a strong hazelnut character as well as my burps. Solid beer. Maybe a bit too much hazelnut as the beer warms.