kevd193213 (874) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt and faint alcohol. Medium to full body, good lacing. Lasting somewhat dry finish. Solid and affordable imperial.
TheHOFF43 (1749) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by CLevar. Pours dark with some tan head. Aroma is coffee, but weak. Thinner than expected, lots of coffee, some bitterness from coffee and some roasty toasty malts.
Bacterial (1505) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared thanks to Clevar! Dark pour with a tan head. Not much going on in the nose. Taste is interesting, some sweetness, quickly followed by lots of roasted chocolate malt and bitterness. Coffee seems to provide some of the bitterness more than in the nose or the taste of this beer.
mikedR (1148) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bitter stout. Pours black. As an imperial, I was expecting more body in the mouthfeel, particularly in light of the ABV of 9%. Coffee flavor not as pronounced as expected -- big flavors here are roasted malts and bitterness. Good, but was expecting "more."
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Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber pours with a dark body that supports a mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up earthy malts, dark roasted malts, earthy coffee and a dash of sweet malts. The taste has nice layers of dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee and earthy milk chocolate along with a smattering of malt sweetness here and there. It approaches being burnt with black patent malts midway and into the finish. Pretty nice, this.
BlowOffTube (450) - Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good coffee imperial stout. Pours black with a tan head that stays. Smells of fresh roast coffee. Medium body with medium carbonation and big coffee taste and a hint of vanilla. Bittering coffee aftertaste. Very enjoyable.
Bricktop86 (558) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with tan head. Aroma is smoke, licorice and oak. Taste follows nose with some vegetable qualities.
superspak (2543) - Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, char, toast, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good strength and balance of roasted malt and coffee notes; decent complexity. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted coffee and pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, char, toast, dark bread, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of roasted malt and coffee flavors; with a fair amount of robustness and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good imperial stout. Not very complex; but has a good balance of dark malt and coffee flavors; and is very smooth to sip on. An enjoyable offering.
jgb9348 (4694) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thinnish, one centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, earth, vanilla, prunes and quite a bit of unfinished sugars. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong roasty malt flavours with some lighter prunes, plums, raisins and a pungent coffee kick with a hint of anise and licorice. Aftertaste shows some thinness - with the body not as robust as most imperial stouts, this shows more of a baltic porter flavour and profile with some good roasty and caramelised sugar flavours. Overall, a decent beer - but not a decent Imperial Stout - also the coffee and vanilla flavours are very muted. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Collection in Honoulu, Oahu, Hawaii on 10-December-2012 for US$4.75 (great deal!) sampled at home back on the mainland in Washington on 17-March-2013.
Dogbrick (7884) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Seattle brewpub. Brownish-black pour with a medium tan head that diminishes slowly. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Medium to full body with a roasty character and flavors of black coffee, malt and hops. The finish is dry with a lingering roast coffee aftertaste. Above average overall.