lb4lb (2172) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in trade from ROBORB. Thanks for hooking me up with this! Pours dark black with a medium lived tan head. Smell is oatmeal, chocolate and somewhat acidic coffee. Taste is bittersweet with lots of chocolate and oatmeal creaminess and lightly tart coffee and licorice. Nice bitterness, and the coffee presence is there, but not super strong. The coffee flavor has a slightly different and lightly tart/acidic quality about it that while still was tasty, I didn’t particularly want as much of as I got. Like trying to drink down melted marshmallows, this is thick and chewy, just like I like it. Body and mouthfeel is perfectly rich with soft but suitable carbonation. Overall a very tasty beer that, in the end, I’m glad I tried as it did seem a bit different than the regular Beer Geek. I definitely prefer the mouthfeel of this, and the flavor of both were almost equal to me with the regular possibly prevailing with less acidity, as I remember it. The oatmeal creaminess played a more noticeable role in it to me than any sort of specialty coffee bean flavor however. Awesome beer all around and no sign of the almost 11% ABV which is a huge plus. Thanks again Rob!!
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black, nice full layer of light brown head. Aroma is a bit of sweet chocolate and a slight hint of coffee. I was expecting the aroma to be more full with coffee. Full palate and the flavour starts in right away.Lots of coffee taste, good coffee made in a frnech press at the right temp. Some roasted malt in there, and a bit more chocolate, but not sweet this time. Leaves a semi bitter flavour that is not hoppy at all. This is pretty enjoyable and pretty easy to drink for a big stout.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour was a little chunky toward the bottom. No signs of infection, though. Very dark brown. Very little light passes through even at the edges. large, dark tan head.Coffee is big in this one, perhaps overpowering the rest of the beer. A bit of licorice underneath the coffee. Very low sweetness for the size and style and a small hint of soy sauce. Not the oxidized, left over beer soy, but that common soy sauce flavor in a lot of top-tier imperial stouts.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a dissapating mocha head. Aroma is peat, coffee, chocolate, cream, light alcohol. Taste is rich peaty coffee, light alcohol, dark chocolate, espresso. Pretty good.
Hansen (6164) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark black. Head is lasting and beige. Aroma has soft notes of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. Flavor starts mainly sweet, thick, finish is bitter. Syrup texture. Soft carbonation.
lamas (1312) - Washington DC, USA - APR 12, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500mL bottle. Pours a jet-black with a massively thick and creamy chestnut head. A chocolate cake-like rich aroma. Coffee, caramel, vanilla, and hints of citrus and warming alcohol are all present. A full, CREAMY body. Plenty of creamy, sweet caramel and chocolate start things off taste-wise. A BIG coffee bitterness follows. This beer has stronger coffee qualities than just about any other I’ve tried. Finishes with some resiny tongue-stripping grapefruitiness. A very dry finish that lingers. Hints of warming alcohol throughout. Who woulda thunk weasel feces would taste so damn good?
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2009 Bottle from Nqualls. Thanks Nathan. Pours deep brown/black half finger dissipating chocolate brown head, along with small, tight carbonation bubbles that stick to the glass. Aroma is very nice. Out of the fridge you get strong amounts of sweet dark chocolate and espresso, but as it warms, coffee grounds and roast enter the mix. This is full bodied with a thick creamy mouthfeel that creates soft carbonation. Initial flavor of molasses and plums, with accents of unsweetened bitter chocolate and vanilla. Mid palate smacks you with a sharp espresso bitterness that carries through to the dry and slightly balsamic vinegary finish. The roast and vinegar really sticks and lingers at the back of the mouth. Alcohol hidden very well.This gets much better approach room temp. This is not a terrible beer, but very unbalanced and approaches acridity at certain points. Not a Top 50 in my book. I am glad I tried it.
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a small tan head that recedes quickly. Very strong aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and ash. Taste is dark chocolate, tar, ash, citrus hops, and coffee plus some alcohol - my nose tingles with every sip. Smooth bitter finish of hops and roasted malt. The after taste is long and outstanding, full of coffee and cola - definitely the best part of this beer. I can savor this for several minuets before taking another sip. Surprisingly light palate, with a little more carbonation than I would like for an impy stout - at first. It fizzes and expands in the mouth for the first few sips, but then the carbonation dies down to reveal a smoother, creamier palate. Very good, flavorful beer. I’m glad I tried it, but considering the price tag, I’d say there are better beers out there - beers not made of shit.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle; cellared a few months. Beautiful pour: a short lived thick chocolatey head atop a dark obsidian body. Redolent of chocolate and coffee, oak, some cola, licorice, dark fruits, and subtle citric hints that are reinforced by the alcohol. Flavor is roasted coffee with dark chocolate undertones, creamy milk chocolate, cola, vanilla, oak, at this point the bitterness basically obliterates the sweetness, then the alcohol kicks in and cleans it off the palate leaving chocolate and dark fruit flavors atop the tongue punctuated by an oaky sweetness. The palate is really smooth but very light for an Imperial Stout, somewhat surprisingly so in fact. Superb craftsmanship and a fantastic beer.
Beershine (5193) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Daknole! Dark chocolate with tan head. Slight sourness at first, then aroma becomes black licorice, cola and some fruits. Clean, gentle mouthfeel is soft. Lovely brew with smooth balanced flavors, impressive.