raphael (1143) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Victory. Knock out aroma--roasted malt, chocolate, cigar. opaque and headless. moves well on the tongue. flavor is milder, with roast, alcohol, oak, licorice.
douglas88 (8177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle bought in the Boise co-op and brought back thanks to Eric. Pours a very dark color with a nice huge brown creamy head. A big old pour of 50% head. The aroma is nice; roasted malts, burnt chocolate, coffee, light dark fruits. The flavor is also nice; lots of espresso, roasted malts, dark fruit, light woody/ashy flavors. The hops are also noticeable but hard to pin down. Nice. The alcohol is noticeable but not prohibitive.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a murky dark brown to black color with a tannish head. Aroma is rich and malty with notes of chocolate, ripe dark fruit, brown sugar, some hints of booze and brandy. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, hints of floral hops in the background. Generally medium to full body with a pleasing rich, malty finish.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. thanks to kan. pours black creamy tan head. nose is sweet chocolate, sour berry. flavors of sweet chocolate, sour berry, ashy, espresso. sweet beer with an odd berry fruity quality.
ChainGangGuy (4755) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a thick, black body with a brief, tan-hued head.
Smell: Roasty, earthy aroma deliver cutting notes of bitter chocolate, dark fruits, black licorice, dried herbs, and even some alcohol.
Taste: Initial roastiness thatís fairly sharp soothed with a taste of dark chocolate ice cream topping. Slight prune fruitiness. Minor puff of smoke. Herbaceous, earthy hops with a medium-plus bitterness. Hint of licorice. A slight astringency creeps in, along with some boozy qualities. Finishes roasty with a fair amount of alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Woof! Worth a try. While itís not the most genuinely satisfying Imperial Stout to cross my glass, itís still fairly decent.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from a recent trade....pours pretty close to black with a huge fluffy light brown head....flavors of yeast and chocolate with hints of sour apple fruit that doesnít completely mesh well....lots of roasty malt and chocolate notes and very light on the palatte. roasty bitterness in the finish and pretty dry.
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of After4ever, thanks Tom. It is pitch black with a dark brow, huge, creamy and lasting head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, light ashes, wood and citrus. The flavour has a light sweetness and notes of roasted malt, chocolate, light licorice, dark fruit, light soy sauce/salt, wood, citrus and the finish has a dry, roasted bitterness. It is very nice indeed.
BeerBunker (962) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is of dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, spice, and grain. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, dark fruit, and alcohol. There is a slight, but nice hop presence underneath all the roasted malt and chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick, but also very buttery and smooth. Alcohol burn is very harsh after each sip. Body is medium and very carbonated. This one came off more like a foreign stout than an imperial stout to me. Not very drinkable, but still a very tasty beer.
markwise (5145) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours dark black with a khaki head. Nose is alcohol, malt, coffee, cinnamon, spice, chocolate, earth, and some dark fruit. Flavor starts with roasted malt, coffee, and is closely followed by spice, and some sense of dark fruit. Lots of roasty malt character. Medium bodied with coffee bitter in the finish. Yellow laces the glass: Interesting beer.
Ibrew2or3 (8040) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber courtesy of ditmier. I love the label and the name. Very cool. Pours with a deep dark brown core and with less deep brown edges to go along with a mocha colored head. The aroma is chocolate, some molasses, a bit of roast and coffee. A big draw brings lots of coffee and a sense of booze. Yum. The taste starts with roasty malts that turn toward burnt malts, chocolate malts and molasses. A sense of booze is noticed midway. It gets a bit more molasses like into the finish with coffee notes in tow. Very nice stuff.