ARH (558) - 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 (1785) - 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 (2910) - 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
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
$7 for bomber @ Rocket Market in Spokane, WA
Poured to NB tulip.
A: Black ale - nothing moves here: timeless. Thick tarry beer brings a single finger mocha head to fruition. This does dissipate quickly and leaves a simple sheet which is presumably is supported by the bubbles.
S: Smells like almond roca! Beautifully kindles to reveal anise, licorice, molasses, toffee, cocoa. I keep grabbing my glass to take another whiff of this one. Without question, the highlight of this beer. Just a hint of alcohol at the very tail end.
F: Dark chocolate (the 80%+ type), rich, roasted to burnt coffee give a slightly sharp mid-palate. Leaves a bitter tone at finish that retires to reveal a nicely balanced RIS with a highlight of dried, roasted coffee grounds and crystalized sugar.
M: Thick with medium to strong carbonation. Numbs and slick the tongue. Would prefer a little less carbonation. When swished in mouth, foams, but the loose bubbling sits too long and foams out the appreciation of the ale.
D: Very drinkable. This is fresh, I think (no bottle date). At $7/bomber, I might need to pick up a case to the cellar. If you can, grab this one, and consider yourself not blessed, but lucky.
Serving type: bottle
mverity (268) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share at Proof. Holy fucking head! For an imp stout this thing had some head retention! Opaque black with a ton of tan-brown head (two fingers in a high-ball glass). Artoma of coffee and super dark roasted malt. Taste is licorice, coffee, dark chocolate and slightly funky. High carbonation, especially for a imp stout; with a thick creamy mouthfeel.
Imaena (1887) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the lost dog in VA. This is a nice big impy with a light bourbon flavor.
doubelknv3 (994) - Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Licorice, chocolate, coffee, and roast. Black with brown tint, tan head and decent lacing. Medium bodied, malt sweet, like aroma, licorice & mild alcohol notes. Mild bitterness that has lasting roast ness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jbruner (2489) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3+ year old bottle thanks to Paul. Pours an oil black with fluffy tan brown head. Aroma is chocolate and slight metallic notes. Taste is sweet, nice chocolate notes with hints of roast as it warms. Awesomely silky smooth mouth, nice.