kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours thin black with faint head and lace. Runny in the glass. Holy cow, tastes like a lot of vanilla and chocolate with a good bitter finish. Not a bad dessert.
jehoesefat (313) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rich chocolate aroma with a hint of the bourbon barrel. Pours thick black with a tan head. Smooth flavors, long bourbon finish.
rproff78 (142) - - MAR 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great! Great aroma and flavor. Come to the Rhino in Missoula, MT! Good good good
Ferris (6564) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Chocolate, molasses and some dark fruit. Jet black with a rich light brown head. Dark chocolate, roasty bitterness, a bit of hop character and some coffee in the finish.
Lowe1983 (1367) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark color with a brown head. Aroma is of coffee, caramel malts, a little bit of oak, and some molasses. Flavor is very similar with plenty of coffee and roasted malts. Some oak comes out on the finish with the roasted malts. A slight hint of alcohol and some bitterness on the finish. Overall a great beer.
ARH (707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2014 22oz bomber poured into a brandy snifter. Right off the bat, dark fruits hit the nose; primarily sweet cherries, strawberries, and maybe even some plum aromas. This is followed up by a woody / piney aroma, which later into the drink, I pegged as bourbon - either I misidentified this early, because the woodsy and pine aromas disappeared, or the bourbon took over. By the end, the bourbon aromas even have a slight warming quality on the nose. There’s a fairly prevalent caramel / butterscotch aroma just under the fruits, and, even further down, there’s some mild milk chocolate notes. After some time, I even began to pick up some sugary bread notes - like a muffin or scone. A big, frothy espresso tan head sits atop this very dark, nearly opaque, red-brown beer. It seems like the head wants to leave behind a nicer lacing, but I got a splotchy lacing (maybe the brandy snifter is just too exaggerated a bulge for the lace to stay put). The carbonation is visibly active. I also noticed some sediment at the bottom of the bottle, although I couldn’t find any mention of being bottle conditioned on the label - I would say it requires further investigation, but nothing struck me as "off," so I was just very careful with the pour. A medium-heavy dose of sweetness of chocolate, cherries, and raisins hits the tongue first with a very mild-light chocolate bitterness. There’s also a notable bourbon-alcohol presence, but absent the warming effect down the throat that one might expect from bourbon. The very active carbonation keep this one pretty light for an Imp Stout and also keeps it less sticky than it wants to be. It’s pretty smooth drinking, maybe a medium bodied beer in the grand scheme of things (at least its lighter than most Imp Stouts). The finish is interesting - it starts out with a smokey bourbon bite that fades quickly and cleanly leaving behind only a very dry, mellow chocolate and ashy aftertaste. Give it some time and the aftertaste becomes a very mellow hop-esque with the some faint chocolate.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a chocolaty stout, full and smooth. It has a sweet, roasted flavor and a sweet, bitter chocolate aroma. It really seems standard for a chocolate-forward stout, and not in any way out of the ordinary. The most impressive feature of this beer is that you can’t taste any of the alcohol. Then again, a little touch of alcohol would probably make this taste a little better.
GenDV138 (2580) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours black with a finger tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, coffee, roast. On the taste, notes of fudge, dark chocolate, roast, and coffee. Excellent value for the price!
DialSquare (3114) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared up at Proof. This is more of a placeholder rating. I liked this one quite a bit and will have to find another some day. Sparse note: big, roasty, little astringent, good balance, coffee, covers abv well, 8.0
JHillAustin49 (69) - round rock, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber poured black with thick tan head. Sticky lacing and mild carbonation. Nose is feint of roast malts and coffee. Taste is woodsy, dark chocolate and coffee bitter. Smooth slightly fizzy mouthfeel