nuplastikk (5270) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Opaque black with a nice creamy deep rusty beige head. Creamy chocolate aroma, a touch of vanilla. Pretty solid Imperial Stout, not super hop forward, as you might expect/hope for from a West Coast brewery. Solid, respectable offering nonetheless. Quite drinkable, Has some nice dark fruit tones, De Coqish at times, mundane at others. A nice depth that doesnít center on overbearing qualities.
Iphonephan (5001) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Intense coffee and chocolate aroma carrying over to the taste. Hints of plums and dark fruits. Bitter finish.
baraciisch (2468) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick, dark black with mahogany tan head... Aroma of roasted malts licorice and notes of alcohol... Rich, full flavor of dark chocolate, espresso, and notes of cigar tobacco... Coffee bitterness on the palate... Solid
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Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Espresso pour with mocha head. coffee, medium roast, dark chocolate, a bit of tar. Surprisingly smooth and well balanced. not overwhelming. Cream, coffee, bitterness and sweetness balanced with slight carbonation and alcohol. Very impressive.
jkwalking05 (4370) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black and thick with a decent tan head. Aroma is of molasses, coffee, roasted malt, leather, and chocolate. Taste is of dark chocolate, light smoke, molasses and coffee.
EithCubes (5308) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Beautiful rich nose, controlled but heavy dark and medium roast, touch of char but this is more rounded, some coffee and huge chocolate. Good olí motor oil pour with a dark brown head. Taste is mildly sweet, light-medium bitterness that picks up with time -- a creamy, smooth espresso aftertaste to finish and beyond. Hint of salt under the coffee and chocolate, roast is sultry and a little woody with an initial probe of astringency (that I donít taste again). Sweet plum and lesser mineral water, alcohol is superbly integrated (Iíd have said 6%), absolute minimal hops unceremoniously walloped and cast aside. Typical obese body. I havenít had an impy in a while, so you know Iím loviní this, but there isnít really anything to separate it from similar by-the-numbers competitors in a suddenly crowded field at the top end. Still, well-made and velveteen, not one to turn down. Cheers!
alexsdad06 (7463) - Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a medium sized fine tan head. The aroma had roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits and char. The flavor was very similar; the roasted malts, chocolate and dark fruit work well together. Dry and fairly smooth, this presented more like a nice basic stout instead of being imperial. Overall, pretty nice beer that exceeded expectations.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark pour, brown head. Tar, roast, prunes and baking chocolate notes. A bit of a dry and bitter finish.
jgb9348 (5235) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, pitch black, about 95% opaque with a thin, oily deep brown head that fades fairly quickly. Aroma of oak, vanilla, soy sauce, meat, licorice, mushrooms, tons of roasted malt and a bit of dark chocolate. Full-bodied; Nice chewy licorice and chocolate flavours at first with a nice roasty finish, a good warmth from alcohol and a pleasant lactic quality. Aftertaste shows a nice complexity with malt, caramel, earth, chocolate and a hint of vanilla and even rye noticeable. Overall, a very well crafted imperial stout with a range of flavours, a nice body, nice look and a good complexity. Well worth trying if you can find it! I only aged mine for half a year and it still turned out great. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Olive Tree Market Place in San Diego, California on 01-May-2012 for US$2.99 sampled at home the day after Thanksgiving on Black Friday, 23-November-2012.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In bottle at home. A black beer with a decent tan head. A fantastic aroma of chocolate, roasty malt, soy sauce, cacao nibs and alcohol. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Nicely bitter. Lovely!