Oakes (12633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown, thin head. Rich malt with chocolate and almost coffeeish notes on the nose. Rich dark chocolate and hints of burnt fruits. Fairly intense.
bu11zeye (11952) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and pine. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, citrus, grass, and pine.
bhensonb (11130) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours quite black with a creamy tan head. Aromas of smooth burnt malt, mixed hops (?), and a little smoke. Flavor is piney, then smokey, then more smokey. A little chocolate. A lot of resin. This stuff is extremely extreme and tasty.
brokensail (10996) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
A: The pour is just about black with a finger of dark brown head that displays impressive retention.
S: An incredibly hoppy aroma with floral notes at first, but quickly followed by an intense fruitiness. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit notes. A really strong roasted malt aroma with a bit of char and ash to it.
T: Surprisingly fruity in terms of the hop flavor. An amazing amount of pineapple flavor which is the best thing about this beer. Unfortunately, it’s really quite harsh. Overwhelming ash flavors and a big time alcohol presence.
M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a harsh astringency and bitterness.
O: It has some pleasant flavors, but this is just too harsh to drink any significant amount of.
Ratman197 (9864) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Armas of roasted malt, earthiness,bitter chocolate, pine and light grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, earthines, pine and grapefruit with a smooth dry lingering bitter roasty finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9726) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roast, dark fruit, chocolate), heavy hops (floral, citrus, spicy, pine), and average esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, alcohol, prune, and wood. Flavor is heavy malt (roast, dark fruit, chocolate), heavy hops (floral, citrus, spicy, pine), and average esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, alcohol, prune, and wood. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation and a dry finish.
hopscotch (9170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Black ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The complex nose is a luxuriant, earthy swirl of leather, tobacco, vanilla, fudge and caramel. Full-bodied and abrasive with moderate carbonation. The bittersweet flavor is more bitter than sweet - but only by a hair - and offers chocolate, charcoal and tanned leather. Finishes raspy, burnt, bitter, and then dry. Bottle courtesy of phaleslu!
adnielsen (9122) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Steve’s house. Pours a deep brown appearance with a dark brown head. Big piney, woody, dark chocolate, minty aroma. Somewhat bitter, dark chocolate, minty, sprucey, roasty, coffee flavor. Pretty fun beer but nothing crazy.
Sammy (8675) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nicely done RIS, gotten in trade. Black hough not thick it is very smooth. Dry more like an imperial Irish stout, but with good bitter finish. Ageing did this wonders. A nice measure of chocolate, little coffee. Balance towards bitter, almost too bitter, very little malt of taste.
GT2 (8461) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 7, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
651mL. Pour is an ink black that for some reason is absent from most imperial stouts. The ridiculously oil black pour (probably same base as Berserker) gives birth to an enormous, sheen, rocky, everlasting coffee/mocha head. Aroma is heavy on fresh espresso, bacon, smoke, dark chocolate. Taste is coffee and roast heavy with 100+ IBU bitterness. It is possible this is 150-200 IBUs, but you could never tell the difference. Big dark chocolate, bitter coffee, burnt character. Surprisingly easy on the palate rather than brash and sadistic. Almost reminds me of oatmeal stout for a quick second. Overall the body is more like an Imperial Porter, though this difference is hard to describe in normal terms. Actually was loved by some non beer geeks I shared it with.