fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks to z13 and beastiefan, pours a thick motor oil black with one of the darkest brown heads I have ever seen, laces all the way to the end. Aroma is full of coffee, beans, grinds, and fresh brewed, there are also notes of oats and grain, like porridge. Needless to say it’s very rich and inviting in the nose. This beer is very cloying at first. The full body is so rich with tons of roasted malt, some chocolate malt, and a black patent flavor that lead into the coffee. This beer just packs a punch with some of the best coffee notes I have tasted in beer. It’s between a dark roast and expresso in flavor, but is joined by a lightly sweet milk chocolate to balance the bitterness. The mouth is silky smooth most likely from the oats, wtih a thin layer of carbonation apparent in the finish. There is also a nice bitter coffee that is very strong and lingers in the finish. The alcohol is tucked out of sight until the beer is almost at room temp. I have to say, I’m blown away.
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Sprinkle for this. i drank this at almost room temp and it was great. Very dry mouthfeel. Taste was toasted malt and oats with a bitter chocolate aftertaste. nice alcohol taste too. Very nice indeed
MrGGen (316) - ITALY - SEP 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Colore nero con una schiuma marrone e spessa.Aroma chiaro di caffè e caramello.Sapore di chicchi di caffè tostato fresco,vellutato e dolce di cioccolato fondente.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle enjoyed @ grouse camp by the fire. Deep, oily black - nose is burnt caramel and deep roasted coffee, a little alcohol heat. Flavor is sweet upfront - mollasses and toffee, with the coffee making a full-on assault @ the finish. As it warms, the booze is very evident. Really nice brew, but not as complex/well-married flavors as it could be.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of blazer06. Pours a murky dark brown to black with one finger tan head that settles slowly. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, roasted coffee, earthy maltiness, brown sugar, slight booziness. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of smoke, malt, caramel, grain, brown sugar, hints of molasses and dark chocolate. Generally medium to full body with notes of boozy and malty goodness.
garthicus (2772) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
With incredible thanks to Blankboy for sharing this with me at the Golden Tap awards at Beer Bistro. Appearance: Pitch black, with a nice brown head, lots of lacing. Aroma: Vanilla, hops, malt, peat/turf, lots of coffee, milk, cream and leather delicious. Flavour: Coffee/espresso, mocha cream, like warm ice cream! So much coffee, so much smoothness, this is an imperial stout at its best.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2009 Room Temp: Black pour,brown edges. Dark, brown head,is large and fizzy at first and settles to a small ring.Pungent aroma of medicinal alcohol,roasted grain,milk chocolate,toffee,and underlying acidic coffee. Fizzy,oily,texture. Quite thick body. Bitter and highly,roasty upfront. Quite sticky and sweet as well. In the back is more roasty flavors and little dark fruit and chocolate. Finish is not overdone on the coffee but the coffee that is there is strong. Earthy,hops also lend to the bitter,but tasteful finish. The more this opens up the more the sweet and roasty flavors exceed the alcohol and bitterness,although the alcohol in the aroma is still distracting. Also,upon opening the hops and coffee in the finish really start to blend perfectly. This would be a horrible beer to start off drinking cold as it get’s better the longer it sets and I started it at room temp. Some big distraction with the major alcohol in the aroma,but really tasty and balanced after it has had time to breathe and open up. Glad I waited this long for the coffee to subside a bit,although it doesn’t have quite the ashy character notable in other coffee stouts.
Block (1649) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
By far the best imperial stout I’ve ever had to this point. Very potent and dark but still extremely smooth and drinkable. Pours a dark black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Flavor is very roasted with some dark fruit and chocolate coming through. Surprisingly the coffee is not too over powering and really only made a statement at the finish. Imperial stouts are not my favorite style and I’m rating this a bit harder for how drinkable it was for me.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 鸴ml). Shared by biegaman. Opaque, thick-looking black, largish creamy brown head. Acidic aroma of coffee and cream, minty and roasty. Taste - same, more alcohol, diminishes as it warms - a little creamy, but not lactic really - nice. Light body, acidic, slightly boozy finish - solid, solid impy
shadey (1970) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pour is a bubbly black with a diminishing head of very dark tan head. The surface continues to dot with bubbles even after quote a while. The aroma is coffee, roasty and bitter. The flavors are also roasty with a backdrop of sweet chocolate, that lingers. Really nicely put together beer.