grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very dark brown, mid-tan head. Roasty aroma concentrated with light-roast coffee. Flavor is full-on coffee, pretty dry. Lots of acidity and seems kinda a one-trick pony with the coffee roastiness. A little bit of medicinal flavor. Thin, tart finish with a lot of malt dustiness and prominent alcohol. Comes across as a dry kahlua.
Davros (2066) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pure black with a small light tan head.
Nose shows coffee, sweet-smelling bready malt and liquorice.
Flavours include heavy roast, liquorice and coffee. Finishes with a balanced bittersweet finish.
dlbeer (846) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Smells of dark malts and slight hops. Tastes of the same with slight smoke
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Aurelius (4446) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted soy and coffee aroma. Inky. Chocolate, smooth, rich, good pH, roasted but not too coffeeish. Balanced, drinkable and chummy without pretense. Mouthy. On tap, Baby Proof.
Doofgoblin (358) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sort of underwhelming. Aroma is a bit boozy--not in a good way. The nose also has notes of roasted malt, coffee and rum. Taste is better with lots of chocolate, roasted malts and sweetness and faint coffee. Finish is a little thin for an imperial but good. I just wanted better aroma, body and depth from an imperial stout...missed opportunity.
SlovakSniper (3387) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Belle robe épaisse au versement. Malheureusement, la mousse se cache. Au nez, les malts rôtis sont robustes. Je pourrais dire aussi que ce stout est très chocolaté mais aussi carbonisé. Effluves de café noir et parfums de noix rôties. Au goût, chocolat pur à 85%. Café et noisettes. Mélasse fruitée et pincée de terre. Au palais, un corps rond et une texture huileuse. Faibles bulles. Finale de chocolat très amer avec une petite touche de chaleur. Assez riche. Solidement rôti. Belle présence chocolatée. Modérément facile à boire. Une moitié de bouteille et cela était suffisant.
gam (3385) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium sized beige head darkest of pours mild carbonation aromas rich fruit cocoa chocolate roast coffee caramel the flavours roast coffee cocoa a strong bitter dark chocolate caramel dried fruits unbalanced taste sweetness a lot weaker the finish best tastes roast and fruit tastes lasting sweetness but unbalanced imperial with a far too stronger bitter taste
RobertDale (3784) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at GABF 2014. Comes almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and alcohol. Very nice.
Indra (2673) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bottle. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, toasted nuts and dark bread, some faint licorice, smoke and toffee in the background, fairly rich in character but not overly sweet. Solid black in color with a lasting, intricate, fine-bubbled, light tan head with a galactic swirl in the center. Flavor profile is roasty, lightly coffeeish, full of darkly toasted malts, some dark chocolate here as well, and showing a lightly bitter, earthy, gently alcoholic and dry finish. Smooth and creamy on the palate, lightly warming and full in body but this is very easy to drink considering the heft and strength. Really quite good, particularly considering that this has probably been aged for a year or so.
nuplastikk (4747) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. Thick unfiltered brown-black body. Respectable rusty beige head. Bitter coffee, chocolate in the aroma. Pretty good Imperial Stout. A nice hoppy balance to the massive caramel and chocolate malt tones. Straightforward, clean for the style, not overly sticky or hot. Drinkable, well executed.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has been sitting in the back of my fridge for years, I have no idea when I even bought it. A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two-finger thick, richly brown tinged, dark tan colored head that leaves a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated brown / black color that is opaque when held up to the light, but does perhaps show a hint of burnt amber. The nose smells of aged dark malt that leans towards cocoa drenched, toasted nuts, underlying rich, umami laden malt complexity (think of things like soy sauce, or teriyake, but not quite like that), and lots of roasted character, though it is restrained for an Imperial Stout, that leans towards concentrated coffee, and whole grain burnt toast. There is a bit of warm alcohol that adds some spice to the finish.
A mix of roasted notes, rich concentrated malt character, roasted nutty notes, lots of dark cocoa character, and a finish that has just enough of a balancing sweetness. The richness here has lots of umami like character, a bit smoky even, with perhaps even a touch of sherry like age to it. The body has a nice richness to it, but it is somewhat light bodied for a modern-day Imperial Stout, though it is still quite rich. As the beer warms up a rich, concentrated, dark fruit character starts to come out; reminiscent of prunes, and a bit of fig notes, this pairs well with the aged malt character, the nuttiness, and the deep savory quality that this beer has.
Much better than I was expecting, and I am guessing that the age has treated this beer quite nicely; the age has added a lot of complexity to this beer that was likely missing in a fresher example.