JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle into snifter. Huge thanks to buckeyesox for this one - I believe itís about a year old.
Pours opaque black, with a one-finger very fluffy dark brown head, settling down into a denser, but thin, brown cap that doesnít want to go away. The head is fantastic for this beer.
Nose is equally fantastic - a nice mix of espresso, rich chocolate, and vivid dark fruits, with the emphasis on the dark fruits and cocoa. The nose is just so rich but still supremely balanced and integrated.
Starts off with just a huge, delicious espresso presence right off the bat, with a secondary note of rich cocoa, and lots of licorice and dark fruit swirling around in there. Thereís a smoky tobacco quality as well. Superb in every respect.
Mouthfeel is just as fantastic - lighter than expected, with a more active carbonation thatís still soft and light on the tongue. You just donít want to stop drinking this thing. Almost no alcohol presence, fantastic mouthfeel, delicious flavor - canít say enough about this beer. Hits on all cylinders.
As a note, the alcohol starts to warm you up about halfway through, and comes out a bit more as the beer hits room temperature, but never detracts from the flavors or body of the beer. Still an A+ effort.
DuffLover (91) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet aroma. Flavors of chocolate and the bitterness of roasted coffee. I like it, but if Iím feeling ghoulish, I would go with Stoneís gargoyle.
saintjulien (128) - - AUG 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
toast, roasty, raisin, black, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, full body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish,
haukur (1305) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - AUG 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a thick and lively brown head. Aroma is chocolate, some cocoa and roast. Very velvety and creamy, huge chocolate factor. Nice.
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black,brown head.Great nose of roast,molasses & brn sug.Big bodied chewy sweet palate, light roast. Medium alcohol heat
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2500th review! 750 ml bottle into snifter, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark bread, smoke, light char, molasses, raisin, plum, light licorice, and roast/smokey earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and light-moderate fruitiness; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark bread, smoke, molasses, light char, raisin, plum, light licorice, herbal, and roast/smokey earthiness. Good amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark bread, smoke, molasses, light char, raisin, plum, light licorice, herbal, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of intense dark/roasted malt, light-moderate fruitiness, and light earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and moderately slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible imperial stout! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of intense dark/roasted malt, light-moderate fruitiness, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An extremely outstanding offering.
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, rich, silky smooth, roast chocolate liquorice taste.
dinkle50 (972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with an espresso head. Aroma of cherry, chocolate and oak. Huge thick mouth. Super bitter with lots of roasted notes. Chocolate too. Nice carbonation. Cherry creeps in as it warms. Alcohol is really well hidden. Super easy to drink for this ABV. Some lace present.
TheGB (510) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Oskar Blues. Black with a nice brown head. Light aroma of malt and coffee. Taste is nice with a good balance of roasted malt and coffee. Palate is very nice for such a big stout.
Tide (1786) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hazelís beverage world. Black color, brown head. Bitter taste with coffee, chocolate, nuts, vanilla, roasted malts and licorice. Very smooth body, the high ABV is very well hidden. Bitter finish with chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, oak and licorice. Exquisite imperial stout.
chinchill (1867) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery in San Marcos.
Pours black with a short-lived head that leaves little lacing.
Aroma: moderately strong and dominated by dark-roasted malts.
Flavor: more funky and less fruity than the aroma, but not challenging to drink. Lightly bitter finish.
Feel: medium body; medium-light carbonation.
O: good, not great. High ABV is too obvious.