SG111 (505) - New York, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bierkraft. Used motor oil appearance with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla. A lot of pleasant sweetness. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malts. Bit of vanilla. But the thing that’s awesome here is how creamy and full bodies it is. It has a body which a lot of non-imperial stouts lack. Really an awesome Stout.
olr1984 (1286) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle pours a dark black with a tan khaki head. chocolate vanilla and roasted malt taste
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dense, pitch black body with a fluffy, creamy, frothy tan head that sits at about half an inch for almost the entirety of the glass. Aroma of milk chocolate candies with a balance between creamy sweetness & some slightly roasted malt undertones. Rich vanilla beans surround the edges with a hint of dry coffee bean in the back-end. Vanilla sweetness surmounts with warmth & develops an almost French vanilla cream aroma. Nice. Pretty rich flavor of dense, bittersweet chocolate laced with a pure, yet slightly understated vanilla component. A little more roast & a little more coffee show up on the palate, which certainly isn’t a bad thing. Some notes of dried, dark prunes & the faintest kiss of anise in the finale, too. Warmth brings out the creamy & milky tones a little more, giving the dark chocolate element of the beer a little boost. Lingering notes of roast, chocolate malt, & mild coffee beans. Not a huge body, but sufficiently creamy & smooth, nice level of carbonation. A really nice stout. I would have liked a stronger vanilla character in the flavor, but this was still tasty.
Cybercat (3984) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich coffee brown with a fairly thick light tan head. Strong area has chocolate, coffee, and roast malt notes with a hint of molasses. Flavor pleases with coffee, chocolate, and smoky malt notes plus a snip of molasses - and is that licorice? Texture seems thin for a stout, but fizz is strong. A mean good stout.
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 25 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées avec une pointe de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales grillées et de chocolat avec une pointe de vanille. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de vanille en arrière goût. (Rating #5910)
sailracer (430) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours a deep brown with a medium head. Very light roasted malt flavors. A bit smokey. I may be getting too used to imperial stouts because this tasted kind of thin and watery to me. It was drinkable, and no too bitter.
jstraw (1944) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with good, creamy head, light lacing / Rich nose of tobacco, grass, caramel, chocolate / Medium to full body, creamy with some chew, acidic and lightly sour, some sweetness, with excellent balance and bitter finish / Flavors of cigar box, prune, plum, caramel, grass, lemon / Pretty much hits all the bases for a common stout.
halfonit (1222) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a thick amber head. Aroma is of vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, and some coffee. Flavor is of dark chocolate, malts, coffee, vanilla, toastyness, and molasses. Leaves a toasty vanilla and malt finish. Another great brew from these guys.
bellco33 (467) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle into a tulip: Pours black with a decent off-white head. Aroma heavy of roasted malt, cocoa, and a touch of vanilla and earth. Taste is mostly roasted malt and cocoa, but the vanilla is definitely present on the back end. Full body, really well balanced, not overly sweet. This is an outstanding stout.
radio_nowhere (1116) - Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large bottle a smidgen past their recommended 90 days into a tulip glass, deep dark brown color with dark tan head. Aroma of vanilla, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt and slight nuttiness. Taste adds notes of char, milk chocolate, oat meal, caramel, toast and mild bitter earthy hop note. Medium-heavy body, low carbonation-moderate, creamy with roasty earthy finish. Very nice vanilla stout.