GodOfThunder (1244) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Beerlando for the taste. Pours dark with a tan head. Nose is surprisingly hoppy and woody, along with the typical stout flavors of coffee and cocoa. Flavor follows suit. The hops and barrel aging come through most in the flavor, followed by a bit of creamy vanilla espresso. This is a solid stout, which I think would get better with a little more age to mellow the hops.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a deep dark mahogany color that appears virtually black. A small, creamy, khaki colored head leaves some nice lacing bands on the glass. Aromas include chocolate and mocha in the forefront, with hints of espresso and plenty of dark caramel malt. Traces of vanilla and oak enter the fold as well, perhaps along with a wisp of bourbon. Flavors are on the sweet side, burnt caramel sugars and medium-dark chocolate showing well. Oak and vanilla lend a creaminess to the taste, while a nice, twangy bourbon notes comes through on the finish. The body is substantial, but a little disappointing for an imperial stout of this stature. Still, it is smooth and the alcohol is well concealed. Very nice brew overall.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle - pours jet black with foaming chocolate head; smooth, rich aromas of cold-pressed coffee, espresso and sweet candy; not too much barrel in the nose; a very sweet impy with very little of the typical roasted quality; a nice change for sure; coffee, vanilla in the flavors; very tasty overall with a super sweet finish; very smooth for 10% with the main feature from the barrel being the sweetness
Ratman197 (9028) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, earthiness, light pine, light tar and a hint of licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, charcoal, roasted malt, coffee and a hint of wood with a smooth dry warming lingering roasty bitter finish.
bhensonb (10345) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Liquid Solutions. Opaque black color with a three finger tan head. Whoof aroma of coffee, burnt toast and alcohol. Full bodied with creamy frothy carbonation. Flavor is mostly coffee. Hints of chocolate. The oak astringency is detectable. Finish is rather coffee. Astringent. Damn good drink.
sersdf (1013) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks zeswaft. thin bodied black pour with light tan head. smells so much of chalk and alcohol. tastes better than smells. but still burnt ash tray flavor. pretty lousy.
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, with a beautiful, thick dark mocha head. Aroma is roasty. Really roasty. More hops than malts, even - it reminds me of a black IPA. Flavor brings out bitter chocolate - pure cacao - with slightly smokey malts and oak. Extremely dry, and very bitter for an impy stout - I feel like it would really benefit from some more malts and other sweet notes. Seriously roasty. Definitely good, but I definitely prefer a sweeter profile in a stout.
after4ever (5928) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22. Pours jet black with a dense, cakey burnt tan head that starts out pretty high and sticks around for quite a while at a mid level. Fairly generous lace. Big sharp nose of booze, sour fruit, chocolate, plum, prune, and a generous helping of coffee and roasty bitterness. Creamy medium body with modest carb. Ripping roast bitterness comes galloping across the mid-palate at first, and pretty much controls the whole show. Tastes like an awful lot of Black Patent malt. Thats cool, though, it tastes good--its just unique in its bitter intensity. Plenty of coffee there as well. Long dry roasty finish.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured black with a thin tan head. aroma of chocolate and some dark fruits. flavor same as the nose with the addition of coffee, dark roasts, and some bourbon. an excellent stout in my opinion
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Bottle. Cellar temperature, the cap pops off and the foam starts to rise. I feared a gusher but it barely spilled out over the lip of the bottle. Color in the glass is dark brown with burgundy and garnet colored sides. Nose has your typical dark cherry-dark chocolate and raisin character along with a more than noticeable lactic scent - faint hints of an infection -; that actually settles out into more of a cream/milk stout character as the beer aerates. Body is overly frothy and carbonated, nothing that a little swirling cant fix, but Im afraid no amount of swirling would thicken it up or give the body some more heft. Peppery and very dirty yeast strikes the palate and tongue, dissolving into a salty wet mess of astringent black patent malt and overly charred and harsh grains. Needs work. Imperial stout rating #200.