corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a thick foamy coffee-colored head that settles into a lasting lacing. Roasted malty aroma with lots of coffee, chocolate, alcohol, caramel and hops. Very hoppy up front with lots of roasted coffe flavor as well as sweet malty chocolate and alcohol warmth. Biter dry hop finish.
pete4999 (938) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Jet black opaque pour, tan head. Smells like half a cup of coffee, half a glass of red wine. It honestly smells like the bite that you get from a glass of merlot. Slightly thinner than I would have liked, but still a moderate creaminess. Thereís actually a little bit of bitterness to it, which I wasnít expecting. The roastiness comes through immediately with a dry, bitter finish - again, reminds me of red wine for some reason. This one wonít set the world on fire, but itís a fine stout.
vtafro (2173) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Thanks to Rciesla for sharing. Black pour with brown foam. Chocolate and hops, also with roasted malt flavors and aroma. Has a metallic finish. Better looking bottle than beer inside.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via a trade with Cletus. Pours with a tan head and a black body. Aroma of windex, smoke, chocolate, licorice, vanilla and light fruit esters. Taste is medicinal, smoke and earthy with chocolate, raisins and a bitter/astringent aftertaste. On the thin side, with light carbonation. A stout that is more than a bit rough around the edges.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by BMAN1113VR
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a gathering tan froth.
Aroma: Burnt malts, vanilla, bourbon, and some medicine.
Taste: Fig, raisins, and other dark fruits. A bit of dark chocolate and roasted coffee.
Mouthfeel: Thinnish for the style.
Overall: Interesting, full flavored, tons of dark fruits.
kosmoken (37) - USA - JUL 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours very dark with a medium head, has some fruit and chocolate aroma, starts with a pretty smooth flavorful taste of chocolate and some fruit flavors, had a nice bitter hop finish. Definitely a fan of this one.
matt7215 (2080) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber from village beer merchant in buffalo. pour black with a tan head. aroma of dark fruits, earth, anise, roasted malt, hops. the flavour starts with a touch of dark fruit, chocolate the envelopes the palate, dry earthiness that reminds me of leaves in fall and then a bitter hop finish. there are also smoke smoke and ash mixed in with the earh and fall leaves. its good, its complex, but it doesnt quite do it for me. a really good beer but not the best impy ive had. ill happily purchase it again at the price i payed.
JorisPPattyn (7549) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark greige head, dwindling over nearly pitch-black beer. Stout, liquorice, heavily roasted grains, meaty and fusels. Scorched grain, mother-of-corn and faraway Bourbon casks. Nearly full-bodied, scorched wood or grain impinging on the MF. Good beer, but thereís a discrepancy between its imag in aroma, flavour and mouthfeel, that doesnít quite agree with me. Big thanks, CK!
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade with JoeyBeerBelly on BA. Pours a nice coffee brown with a huge frothy light brown head. Nose is sweet candy, and loads of dark dried fruits. Flavors of rich chocolate, fresh black iced coffee, some tea flavors, dark dried fruit, pretty good malt, and a hint of sour milk. Mouth is dry and a little chalky. Alcohol hides that flavors at times. Overall a real nice RIS.
smcolw (426) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black in color (no light passes through). Solid four-finger beige head with lots of lace.
Strong chocolate and black patent malt aromas. Somewhat like chocolate milk. Some bitterness to the smell, but it comes from the burnt grains. Inviting and interesting.
Very dark (read: burnt malt) tasting. The high alcohol essence is balanced by this bitter flavor. Full bodied with an above average carbonation. The hop is subdued and not really necessary to provide balance since the beer is so dry and naturally bitter. The aftertaste is nearly all black patent malt.
Do you like burnt toast or blackened food? A yes answer will likely mean youíll love this brew. While I enjoy its unique flavors, I find them to be a bit too much. This does not have the smoothness of most Imperial Stouts (or Dry Stouts). Think black coffee or better yet, espresso, and youíll get the general feel for this brew.