bhensonb (11060) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown black with a slight dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate, dark fruit and smooth burnt malt. Full bodied. Flavor is chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and some reasonably strong liquorice. Pretty tasty stuff. Finishes not all that sweet, and there’s enough bitter to help with what’s left of that.
nuplastikk (4396) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Opaque brown-black body with a thin glass rimming beige head. Roasty alcohol tinged chocolate coffee aroma. Rich, sweet, and bold. Big chalky, graham cracker, chocolate flavor. Toffee caramel finish. Very enjoyable, a little different than your typical Imperial Stout.
Patrickctenchi (3654) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a minimal amount of dark brown, oily head and ring.
Scent is roasted, chocolate and dark fruit.
Taste is a strong coffee bitter, burned/ashy....
Very little sweetness, a strong overall dry bitter.
ABV is very well hidden.
hombrepalo (1828) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour at CBF. Pours black, black, black with a smallish tan head. Aroma is full of sweet fruit, some licorice and chocolate, and a whole lot of booze. Flavor is sweet malt, dark chocolate, licorice, some fruit, and a touch of soy sauce. The booze is so strong and forward that the mouthfeel is very unpleasant.
DrSilverworm (6370) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Thin brown head. Some bubbles on the side of the glass. Black color. Little lace. Big chewy body, light crisp carbonation. Roasty malts, light milk chocolate, some dark fruit. Bitter and sweet taste. Slightly sticky finish. Nuttiness. Alcohol isn’t intrusive, that is good. Kind of tangy, more sweet than bitter. Sort of ashy. Not the best imperial stout, but still hits the spot.
Huhzubendah (2522) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by matt9875. Thanks Matt!
A: This beer has a really top notch appearance. It’s jet black, with a dense, half inch of beige head that leaves plenty of lacing in its wake.
S: The aroma is primarily of roasted malt, with hints of coffee and chocolate.
T: The beer tastes of heavy roasted malt, with some bitter coffee flavor near the back end. Subtle chocolate sneaks in just a tad, but the roasted malt is very forward in this brew.
M: Medium in body, with 10% alcohol content hidden very well.
D: A good stout that I would drink again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-01-2011
beastiefan2k (2421) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured into a smaller Corsendonk goblet. When I picked this up for my lady I actually did not realize this is a relatively new beer. I find it funny that the bottom of the label says "Rich Old Style." I have not decided if I like the idea or not. The beer pours completely black with a small cocoa colored head. But at least it sticks around. Aroma is definitely rich, but not old. I get a strong alcoholic Bon Bon, due to some alcohol, sweet dark chocolate with a bit of prune and thick smelling. Lots of roasted malts as well. I like the aroma, it is not too sweet or too alcoholic and definitely rich. The flavor is definitely less rich, bitterness dominates and otherwise its a roasted, very clean and kind of empty flavor. I like the cleanliness of the beer but the downside is that it is a bit industrial (no nuances). The bottom of the bottle is filter-clean. The bitterness of the mouthfeel makes it seem drying and thick yet not actually a thick body. I like this beer but I would love to see a bottle conditioned version of it with less bitterness in the flavor and a bit more malt (not sugar) sweetness.
Sregnar35 (972) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Barrel aged, cask conditioned at Mahars. Flavor is super sweet and tangy coffee, very mellow and nice for a big beer.
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Headbanger (3303) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle 7/12/12 (Binny’s Naperville)-42° in Snifter-Pours a dark black with a small brown ring for a head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, dried fruits, and coffee. Taste of the same with a bit more chocolate and smoke. This full bodied brew is not too shabby. Hides the abv pretty well.
drfabulous (3989) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce thanks to Jose. Big pour. Tan brown carbonated foam. First sip is all coffee. Some bitter chocolate. Some tart raspberry finish. Better than I though it would be.