ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have been looking at this one for more than a month, and finally I could stand it no longer. The temptation was too much to bear. Pours out a dark black color with a tan head. Perfect pour. The smell is fruity with dark fruits, plums, some coffee, chocolate, caramel malts, hops, just damn near perfect, but not quite. Perfection comes in the taste, which is exactly what I was hoping it would be. Very smooth and rich, an explosion of flavor. Coffee, chocolate, damn, so many things here. Perfect mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation which is typically a rarity with an imperial stout. This beer is fucking awesome. The good news? I have more. The bad news? I only have 2. Drank this one alone. By myself. Solo. Faced it. And I have no regrets. The next time I drink this I will be sharing it....... maybe.
beerbill (3177) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared with my wife. Pours a dense black with a moderate, luscious chocolate brown head that lasted through two-thirds of the glass and left a coating of lace with each sip. Surprisingly light aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is another story. Wonderful chocolate liqueur, coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of prunes, all meld together beautifully. Absolutely delicious. Rich and full bodied with some light-moderate bitterness at the finish. Really, really good stuff.
blankboy (5603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (750ml) shared at ’Biegaman’s Second Annual Saison Tasting’ -- courtesy of grub. Pours black with an average size lasting frothy tan head and good lacing. Nice aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, grassy hops, dark fruit and some alcohol. Flavour of dark roasted malt, Belgian yeast, chocolate, hops and a decent bitter finish. Some alcohol present but it works for the style. Quite carbonated, medium bodied. Very good stuff, how can I get more?
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled with Mad_indian. Pours black with a large tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, and hops. The flavor is smooth, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit, and good amount of bitter hoppiness. Alcohol is well blended, great body, excellent brew.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2012 2/20/12: Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of malt, chocolate, roasting, and cream.
Poured pitch black in color with a small, tan head around the edges only. Opaque. Flavor is light to medium sweet, and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, chocolate, and a hint lactose. Medium to full body. Dry texture. Malt, chocolate, roast, light cream finish is dry.
7/4/8/4/16 = 3.9
6/4/08: 750ml Bottle: Sweet aroma. Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. Poured black in color with a large, dense, dark brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Excellent lacing. Very sweet flavor. Tastes of chocolate, alcohol, coffee, roasting, and a hint of piney hops. Full body. Chewy, chalky texture. Average carbonation. Chocolaty, alcohol-warming finish. 7/4/8/4/16=3.9
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - JUN 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was very excited to see this beer available at a local store. Served cold from bottle. Pours a jet black with a large tan-colored head. Aroma is largely chocolate. Flavor is very bold, huge amounts of chocolate and coffee. The finish is somewhat bitter, there is a hint warmth from the alcohol. Good carbonation makes it easy to drink. Very yummy imperial stout.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle courtesy of mgumby10: pours very black with a nice sozed creamy tan head that sticks around. tha aroma is wonderful full of great amounts of chocolate and a slight amount of roast. flavour is huge but very smooth again with great amounts of chocolate a nuce amount of espreso to bitter the chocoalte a little. great beer no way it seems like 11%. thank mgumby10
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Most competent imperial stout.
Heavy mouthfeel is fully cerealic, almost chewy and with engagingly active carbonation. Typical imperial stout flavours, well-developed, far reaching in depth though not terribly complex in fruitiness, remaining focused instead. Alcohol is almost absent from the flavour profile.
Impression of déjà vu, but definitely above average.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Slap My Ass and Call Me Solan’s Mom O-Town Throwdown, Part Sept...This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, light brown head. Terrific retention. Big, rich notes of milk chocolate and toasted nuts (cashews and almonds) in the nose. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Medium burnt and bitter notes mingle with moderate sweetness and very light acidity. Lots of chocolate and espresso. The finish is bitter and chock full o’ coffee grounds. Thanks to mgumby10 for sharing this world class stout!
RomanW70 (297) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours near black with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molassas, licorice, and roast. Taste is much the same with notes of dark fruit. Warming alcohol on the finish. Thick mouthfeel and medium -high carbonation. A big, impressive ,well-balanced beer.