mike_77 (3926) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite a sweet fruity aroma backed up by roasted malt. Quite an intense, juicy, fruity taste with lots of bitter roasted malts, coffee coming through strongly in the aftertaste.
daniel_Hop_It (19) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick black creamy head. Aroma mainly hops, nice chocolate at first, turns to espresso. v hoppy finish. Good
Lonick (790) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vanilla on the nose. Slight coffee on the palate along with vanilla, fruity berries and a hoppy bitterness on the back end, lovely.
DrSilverworm (8547) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Very dark brown color. Lots of dark fruit in the flavor. Big roasty malt, kind of burnt, light coffee, some dark chocolate. Bigger body, lightly chewy, slick texture. Minimal tan head, leaves good short ropes of lace. Moderate sweet taste, big bitter. Kind of a lightly spicy bite in the finish. Solid, big assertive imperial stout. Probably the best English example I’ve ever had, though doesn’t quite compare to my favorite American examples. Gets better as I go, though.
b3shine (6581) - Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a dark cola with light beige lacing. Smells of dark malt, molasses, and a bit of chocolate and roast. Tastes like it smells with a somewhat thin, average mouthfeel. Not bad, but not good either.
phaleslu (7545) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft in a sampler at Ei8ht Ball. Pours a deep, near-opaque brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, maybe a little smoke, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, and peat. Flavor of roasted malts, burnt toast, dark chocolate, rubber, grapefruit peel, and florals. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a bitter mouthfeel. Almost drinks like some sort of imperial stout-black IPA-smoked hybrid beer. I wouldn’t mind trying the barrel aged version to see if that cuts it a bit, mellows it out, balances it more.
Nickls (1978) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Jet black and a khaki creamy head. Mineral, bitter chocolate, coffee, slightly fruity an toasty aromas. Flavor is dry, bitter chocolate, espresso, tart dark fruit and roasty dry. Medium and silky body.
alexsdad06 (7031) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Ei8ht Ball. Pours a dark cola brown to black in color with a thin beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso, earthy bitterness, and a hint of alcohol. Tasty and a surprise to see on the list.
Tmoney99 (11905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap sample. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good to excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted dark chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a solid beer.
radagast83 (5663) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at GDB in Washington. Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a small tan head. Aroma was notes of bitter, chocolate, with some earthy notes. Flavor had some earthy hops, chocolate, bitterness. Caramel. Touch boozy.