3fourths (7511) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. deep brown body with a shallow light brown head. fudge cake malt-forward nose of roast and chocolate malt with light char, mild alcohol and a succulent medium-low american hops. very full and frothy carbonation with a rich, round, full flavor of creamy, melting bitter dark chocolate. lush German chocolate cake richness coupled with tangy hop acid, the balance here is about right where I want it. I’m sort of perplexed by this brewer; the IPA was good for the style, the weizen and kolsch passable, but this is a pretty delicious and clean imperial stout that sticks out in a word full of over-sweet, over-hopped booze bombs. the first bottle reminded me of some good batches of Green Flash Double Stout, the second try here is pulling memories from The Butcher from Societe. but that’s probably just me associating California, who knows.
douglas88 (5114) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle from the Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours a deep black color, oily, a medium brown head. A sweet fruity and roast nose. The flavor is big dark fruits, dark cherries and plum, a bit of smoke and ash, big deep roast and more dark fruit. Very sweet, not too dry. Quite good.
That1Guy (1803) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours an oily pitch black with a dark brown, foamy head. Dark roast, chocolate, some sharpie marker, licorice, and a hint of DMS. Slick, oily mouthfeel. More licorice, red apple, some burnt wood in the flavor, with a warming alcohol burn going down. Decent but unspectacular.
madmitch76 (12076) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
31st March 2013
Tasting at ChrisOs. Opaque dark brown beer, good tan head. Palate is softish and airy. Rich malt. A little unsweet dark chocolate. Spicy licorice. Softish and semi dry finish. Fine.
Theydon_Bois (5201) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chriso Easter "Flags of many nations" Tasting, 31/03/13 big thanks to Ken for this one.
Pitch black with a thin tan head that clears to a film.
Nose is dark roast malt, touch lactose, liqourice, molasses, dark toffee, smidge of chocolate.
Taste comprises roast malt, milk chocolate, toffee, brown sugars, touch lactose.
Full bodied with fine carbonation.
cgarvieuk (12161) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at chris0...deep black ... thin tan head ... darl chocolate roast ... dark malt nose ... heavy roast ... dark malts ... chewy roast ... dark and heavy ...
notalush (4449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle - inky black pour - fairly viscous - nose of caramelized sugars, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, light alcohol - thick, slick mouthfeel - fairly sweet burnt sugars in the flavor - some char, roast - smoke, vanilla, moderate bitterness - light acid and bitterness in the finish temper the relatively high sweetness - a decent imperial stout.
GothGargoyle (818) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid black with a decent chocolate head. Aroma is chocolate pudding, play doh, vanilla, chestnut. Thick and creamy mouthfeel, balance of sweet and bitter on the palate with a roasty bitter finish and a touch of booze. Taste is roasted almonds, cocoa, coffee, burnt sugar.
HenryXXX (201) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The nose has a bit of funk with smoked and roasted barley. The pallet has a bit of funk (wet blanket), bourbon and finishes with roasted barley.
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J_man (616) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of charred wood, ash and molasses. Appears opaque black with a creamy brown head. The char and molasses follow into the taste but are tempered by sweet dark chocolate and cherry and fig flavors. The texture is very creamy but the charred component and possibly the hops cut through that a bit. The alcohol becomes evident mid-sip but is well received given the heavy flavors and textures here. Finishes with more chocolate sweetness, charred wood and a lasting bitterness. Very good Imperial stout if maybe a little heavy on the roasted malt.