OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2013 When pouring you could tell this was not going to let light in, jet black with a sliver of a brown sugar head. Aroma hits you with cocoa and cherries up front. On the palate you get the cocoa right away and cherries in the middle finishing it off with slight vanilla and a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel just gets to the heavy phase with nice low carbonation. Could be a touch smoother but a very stout nonetheless.
DuffMan (6164) - 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 (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, 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.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with ruby lowlights and a very thin brown crown. Aroma picks up chocolate and cherries with some earthy and peated notes beneath and mild alcohol. Taste is sweet and boozy with chocolate, cherries and vanilla. Finishes a touch dry. Not bad.
hopscotch (8544) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Hazy dark-brown pour that sits black in my glass with a small, creamy, rust-colored head. Smells like a brownie - heaps of dark chocolate and toasted nuts, along with a subtle blueberry component. Full-bodied and mega-velvety with airy carbonation. The bittersweet flavor is a marriage of charcoal and ash accompanied by plenty of fudge. Near-perfect balance. Finishes lightly sweet, chocolaty and a just a hint boozy. If memory serves - and it usually doesn’t - this is by far the best offering I’ve ever tried from Lakefront! Bottle courtesy of FlandersNed!
beersorcerer (17) - Armpit of the Panhandle, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty sweet aroma mixed with a touch of chocolate and some alcohol finish.
Dark brown pour topped with a medium brown head with a small amount of retention and a little lace. Not much carbonation present.
Chocolate dominates the taste from coca with a slight bit of alcohol that strengthens towards the finish. Malty roasted mouth-feel and barely noticeable dryness complements a sensation of drinking a dark chocolate bar.
A not too complex RIS that is easy drinking.
jkwood04 (3430) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate, coffee, a little vanilla, and dark fruit, plus some dough and light bitter notes. Flavor the same with a pretty good blend of everything. Smooth texture. A pretty good beer.
weihenweizen (1507) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. , bottled on date 12/23/12, brown bottle poured into a snifter. Pours coal black with medium medium brown head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is dry chocolate, thick body, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is dryer fairly rich chocolate, some vanilla, and ash finish.
smith4498 (2910) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown color with light brown head. Aromas of roasted malts and chocolate. Roasted malt, dark fruit, and chocolate flavors with a slightly ashy finish. Full body with soft carbonation.
Strykzone (4479) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Global Edw. It arrived in a tulip black with a creamy tan head. I expected a roasted aroma and was surprised to find cream, cocoa, and dark fruit instead. The flavor began with cocoa and coffee. Dark fruit and some cherries. Vanilla is lighter. Some lactic notes. Alcohol was very well hidden until the last sips when just a whiff was caught. However, by the bottom of the glass I was kind of ready to move on.
ben4321 (3564) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 9/1/13
Aroma: The nose is right on from the description: lots of chocolate and vanilla, with some cherry
Appearance: It pours a dark brown-black color with a brown head and some drippy lace
Flavor: The taste is rather sweet and malty, a little roasty, with some mild booze and mild bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it is a little sticky, with a soft carbonation, and light heat
This was an interesting Imperial Stout. It is interestingly sweet in this style. I can’t, off-hand, think of another one it reminds me of. Anyway, this is worth trying.