DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. Pours pitch black. Tastes of chocolate and maybe a little bit of expresso. The carbonation level seemed a little low. A little more carbonation puts it up with the elite beers.
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danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from B&V. The appearance is a deep thick black hue with a big frothy brown head. The nose is full of roasted rye and some cigar smoke tones. The flavors follow with huge roasted malts, ton of rye, a real flake characteristic to it. Nice peppery coffee tone at times too with a bit if smoke. Mouth is full and drying with a slight alcohol finish. Delicious!.
umich03jm (2994) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from trade with michaelinwa. 2013 release. Pours very thick, pitch black in color with almost no head but leaves a nice ring around the glass. Great aroma of rich sweet chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, red wine, vanilla, light roasted coffee, light smoke, and rye. Taste is moderately sweet up front with chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and vanilla. Finishes with mildly bitter coffee, dark fruit, rye, and light smoke. Very thick body, velvety smooth mouthfeel. Finish is a bit dry though. Overall, a very nice dense and complex imperial stout. Thanks Mike!
BVery (8691) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Tap at City Beer. Super thick dense dark black pour with a monster deep brown head. Gorgeous beer! Rich cocoa, molasses, and burnt espresso. Monster of a beer.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black and thick as hell with a foamy, but thin, espresso colored head. Wafts of dark chocolate, smoky coffee, cherries, and cocoa powder. Intense flavor. Red wine tannins, soy, semi-sweet chocolate, dark berries, smoke, and dry cocoa and some peppery bite from the Rye but not much. Very thick and flavorful but soft and smooth at the same time. Finishes semi-sweet, bitter and dry.
esquetee (7) - Bend, USA - AUG 12, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 edition in bottle; wonderful chocolatey-coffee aroma; midnight black color with a burnt / rusty dark foam - always a promising sign; roasted espresso, almost bitter cocoa flavor and a finishing taste of wine tannins; some sort of interesting flavor blend of toffee, vanilla, almond and hazelnut all equally subtle so difficult to pull apart; smooth and chewy mouthfeel. A delicious, strong beer that begs to be shared and hoarded at the same time.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle:   Black, thin foamy beige head, nice lacing.   Noticeable alcohol on the nose.   Otherwise heavy roasted malts, soy, and a touch of dark chocolate.   Seems a little young.   Roast, apple skin, sweet
soy, very soft chocolate and cocoa on the tongue.   Pretty tasty, but the alcohol fumes whaft through the nose.   Feels a bit average on the tongue.   Warming finish, soft soy, roast, and a touch of dark chocolate and cocoa.
Did I mention alcohol?
radagast83 (6119) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Poured a dark, almost black color with a dark brown, tan head. Aroma was chocolate, sweet notes, some barrel notes in this one. Flavor is bitter, dark chocolate, barrel. Really good.
JohnnyJ (5079) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thick dark black pour, with a thin tan head. Very dark intense flavor, dark chocolate, heavy roast, raisin, earthy, milk chocolate, burnt brown sugar, and a bit of rye spiciness.
tgncc (3036) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma of dark chocolate, licorice, and spicy rye. The appearance is tar black, oily, almost no head. The flavor is chcolate, licorice, smooth coffee, and spicyness, attributable to rye. The finish is sweet, then a pine/resin bitterness, with some roastiness. A little booze in the flavor, and finish as well. Thick in body, oily mouthfeel. Excellently crafted imperial stout.