Ober (2810) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
a pitch black colored beer, with a tick foamy, dark beige head. The aroma of dark roasted malt, coffee, a little porto and wood. The taste of dark malt, with coffee, bitter, porto, some alcohol and a little peat. The aftertaste is some sweet and chocolate bitter.
Indra (2616) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. bottle. Roasty, ashy aroma, some strong dark chocolate, earthy hop, and molasses as well. Opaque ebony in color with a slight, fading, tan head. Flavor is fairly sweet, again plenty of dark chocolate and very deeply roasted malts, some tinges of coffee, burnt sugar and hop bitterness appearing, along with lighter amounts of caramel, pine and alcohol in the background. Thick, smooth, coating, warming feel with a moderate amount of carbonation and a very full body. Didn’t really "wow" me.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This draft brew from a beer festival poured a head of foamy brown colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a . The mild aroma was dark malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of roasted malt and dark malt. A decent one that I would consider buying again.
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is of toffee, malt, vanilla and very faintly of alcohol. Poured a jet black with a tiny beige head. Taste is a smooth and creamy version of the smell with some coffee in there as well. Not bad at all.
maxwelldeux (3662) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh yeah. This is a good one. Good coffee and roasted flavors with just a hind of sweetness to it.
drpimento (2224) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured at a good temperature with a large, tan, foamy, frothy, thick head that settles after a bit and some lace. Color, with aid of my trusty iPhone flashlight, appears to an almost opaque, but clear, very dark, almost black ruby red. Aroma is malt, roast, burnt, toffee, old coffee, cocoa. Flavor’s like nose, fairly dry, and bitter, a little carbonic tang and also a little salt. Body is decent except for some clashing high points from salt, burnt bitter. Finish is like flavor, good length, a bit boozy, and one is enough.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from a 12 oz bottle from Sea Trader Liquor & Deli. The appearance is a deep black with a frothy dark brown head. Flavors and aromas are a very fruity with sweet dark fruits, especially dates and raisins. Some subtle chocolate and anise notes in there as well. Medium to full bodied with a decent creaminess to it. A real decent old style irs.
demmbonz (528) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pleasant surprise. Nice imperial stout that smells and tastes all the right ways. Much much better than anticipated.
Chudwick (2144) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - pours black with dark beige head and good lacing. Nose is candy sugar and chocolate. Flavor is more chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, licorice and alcohol. Taste is sweet at first and ends bitterly. Smooth indeed and almost a dry finish. oily texture. my second brew from Mendocino I think I will for more!
jgb9348 (4734) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep, jet black coloured body with almost no transparency at all, even when held up to a light. Oily glow on top with a shade of a brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, meat, alcohol, pit fruits, coffee and a ton of sugars. Full-bodied; Strong velvety chocolate and roasted malt flavour with a dash of pepper, some toffee, but mostly a deep and pungent malt flavour with a lot of caramelised sugars. Aftertaste shows a strong sweetness with a ton of malt and anise bitterness. Overall, a decent beer, not a stellar Imperial Stout, but fits the bill almost exactly - a deep dark beer with plenty of body and even more roasted malt with the most amount of sugars tucked into a bottle. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Tustin, California on 06-December-2011 for US$2.29 sampled at home in Washington on 29-March-2012.