Tmoney99 (8844) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted rye, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a near standout beer.
brian60625 (639) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
5 ounce pour at the Livery Tap Room. Complex and developed wood-barrel aged flavor with some sweetness kicking in as a sign of the high abv presence Appearance was black with brown foam and a fair amount of lacing. Aroma was chocolate, liquor, and toasted wood. Palate was medium, not a whole lot of bubbles. Overall this is a bold brew in that it’s somewhat boozy and yet still highly enjoyable with multiple layers of flavors to soak in. There’s a whole lotta chocolate, but it doesn’t drown out the other aspects.
alexsdad06 (3102) - Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from growler thanks to Tmoney99. Pours brown to dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma has quite a bit of spicy rye, roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee and a hint of lacto/milk. The flavor has dark chocolate, roasted malts, lacto/milk, and lighter notes of dark fruit and coffee. This is certainly thin for the style, but pretty tasty.
dogfish120love (733) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with little lacing. Metallic notes with prominent lacto aromas. Mild infection, hints of sourness.
b3shine (2453) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler to snifter (thankstmoney99). Looks decent; a little thin for an imperial stout though. Smells good; sweet and malty. Tastes smoky and malty. Mouthfeel is average. Pretty good!
gorditoabd (560) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampler at the Livery. Pours dark brown/black. Nose is strong of oatmeal and rye. Maybe a touch of milk. Taste is smoke and choco up front, but then fades to a watery thin thing that is just ok. Not half bad, and the abv is well disguised, but pretty far from great.
MrBunn (2243) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampler at the Livery. Pours a dark and thick brown/black with little head. Aromas of dark chocolate and peat/smoke with some licorice coming out after it warms for a bit. Flavor starts with lots of smoke and chocolate and then finishes with an interesting dark fruit aftertaste. Very nice but mouthfeel comes off as a bit thin.
JoePeesie (829) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a jet black with brown head. The booze is hidden very well on this beer. The nose and taste were of chocolate, coffee, bready, dark ripe fruits plum, raisin, tobacco. A very solid offering, I actually think I would have enjoyed this beer even more had it been boozier and a touch thicker.
BBB63 (5423) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Livery, served in Chalice: Deep brown, nearly opaque with creamy tan head and very good lace. The Aroma has note of chocolate, coffee, rye bread, roast, plum, raisin, leathery, tobacco and just a touch of milky lacto. The taste is sweet cocao, vanilla, rye, roast, and dark fruit over a layer of mild coffee and hop bitterness. The mouth feel is oily, lush and ashy. This is very yummy, look forward to trying the BA versions someday (got a quick taste yesterday... oh yeah).