markwise (4646) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to goryskewych for this bottle in trade. Pours dark black with a dark tan head. Interesting aroma- lots of roast, dryness, and woodiness. Coffee, spice, and roasted malts come across as well as some bitterness. Flavor is wood, roast, and some bitterness. I would be curious to try this on tap. Medium-bodied and spicy finish.
coyotehunter (681) - , Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bottle thanks to MrBunn. Pours Black with a lovely tan head. Aroma is of fresh roasted coffee beansand light licorice.Palate is a bit weaker than I expected. Major flavors are rich coffee, some tobacco, and a bit of funk. If theres any banan presence in this, It comes across as a bit of the peel. That light bitterness. other than that, I dont buy it.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks bgburdman! - Pours a thick black with a stiff brown head...aroma is bitter cocoa, anise and roast...flavour is similar, burnt oak, soy and a tart dark malt finish, I only tasted bananas after reading about it, totally because of suggestion and still then it was borderline...nicely not boozy at all...cool...
hopscotch (10009) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Coal black ale with a small, creamy, beige head. The aroma offers a lot – examples include licorice root, graham, cocoa nibs and sassafras. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Roasty and sweet – chocolate, espresso, brown sugar and graham. Finishes mocha-sweet and spicy. Thanks to mgumby10 for popping the top on this one!
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black, with a small light brown head. Smells of black licorice, light mint, graham crackers, and caramel cream. Kind of unusual, but cool nose to it. The mouthfeel was very creamy. Lots of sweet toffee and vanilla in the flavor. Small doses of chocolate and some unique spices are detectable as well. Medium to full bodied, the alcohol was masked pretty well. Interesting impy, not awesome, but very flavorful.
dalekliz (891) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing. Pours a deep dark brown with a tan ring. Aroma of banana and malt. Taste has a lot of banana, some malt and coffee, wood, and something with a bite upfront, like allspice or anise. Lingering crisp malt-banana. Very strange, but it works pretty well.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle purchased at Chucks in Chagrin. [Note: this bottle states 11.5% ABv, not 12%.] The aroma is somewhat creamy for a stout. it isn’t overloaded with anything. It has a good balance of smooth malt, fresh cream, slight roasted malt and some light caramel. It certainly smells nice, very soft and subtle, however this kind of makes the aroma it forgettable. The flavor is similar, a good medium mix of lots of stout characteristics but there isn’t one thing that jumps out. There is a bit of funk towards the end of it (from the ’nanas maybe? Regardless, it is quite enjoyable in a very simple way. As it warms up the alcohol is pretty much completely hidden, and it opens up with a more of a roasted marshmallow flavor.
lb4lb (2572) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from miketd. Thanks dude! Pours a dark black color with a nice tan head. Smell is minty, slightly vegetal and roasty. Taste is thin mint cookie like with mild chocolate. Nobody realized this was made with bananas until reading the description now, but nobody mentioned tasting them. Alcohol hidden well and a dry finish. Odd mintiness thought which I’m not sure was intentional.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
10th rating, nice! Bottle from gorysheck, thanks george. Pours black with a light brownish yellow head, make the nanans, make sense. Nose is weird, sweet, funky with clear cut banana. Taste is totally cool, really awesome banana imperial stout, this is super cool, super weird, but cool, huge. This beer created hilarity when my girlfriend got all crazy and saying weird stuff about how its totally flat, but tingly on her tongue. This beer is a conversation starter.
Darkover (1525) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and a little coffee. Flavor of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and banana. A little thin but still good.