MadRobin (1883) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle after cellaring for 14 months.
Opaque, mahogany-black with a 2-finger brown head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, blackberries, molasses and roasted coffee.
Taste of blackberries, roasted coffee, roasted malt, pine, light fruit, licorice, brown sugar and chocolate.
Full/medium body and medium/high carbonation.
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warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pour is motor oil black with a short lived milk chocolate head. Smell is sweet with chocolate and coffee with a hint of hops and booze. Taste is chocolatey sweet with a good note of coffee and spice. The bitter baker's chocolate really comes through with a faint hop profile and slightly boozy burn on the way down. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, true to the style. Really good imperial stout.
MunBro (314) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of burnt sugars, malts, some minor coffee notes. Pours blacker than Satanís heart with the darkest tan head Iíve seen. Wow. The taste. This is easily the freshest, tastiest stout Iíve had in a long time. The coffee notes are very subtle here with a big focus on the chocolates and brown sugars. Definitely not the most complex stout as other reviewers have noted, however the simplicity is really what makes this one great. Definitely does not taste like 9.8% abv (I honestly canít even taste the alcohol) which could be a dangerous game during the summer with a few in the back yard!
SDalkoholic (2145) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Upon opening the bottle, an instant olfaction of dark chocolate, coffee, and roast malts filled my nose and made my mouth begin to salivate. Even looking at the dark black liquid fill the glass with a fat creamy of head made it more enticing. The flavor is robust with a rich dark taste of chocolate milk that leaves behind a bitter finish of chocolate. By far the best Mission beer Iíve come across so far.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger tan shade - retention isnít the best, but the soft and creamy texture it has make me forgive that. Not much lacing is left behind.
S: Quite chocolaty in general. There are slight hints of coffee, as well, but this is mostly chocolate, roast, and brown sugar. And thatís not a bad thing at all. Maybe it doesnít have the depth of other imperial stouts, but whatís here works quite well.
T: There are some slight chocolaty hints, not only to start, but on the finish as well. In general, though, this one is roasty. Not oppressively so - it does end in a slightly sweet fashion - but it does enough to cleanse the palate of excess sweetness. There are also some coffee-ish hints, along with a bit of alcohol and licorice (usually the bane of imperial stouts for me.) Just like with the nose, it isnít the most complex imperial stout on the market. However, itís still quite enjoyable that does a good job of bringing the traits I like within the style.
M: Itís not the driest imperial stout, nor is it the sweetest. Rather, it strikes a neutral balance between the two. Make no mistake, in spite of its full body, itís quite drinkable for a 10% RIS, and despite the alcohol flavor, there isnít much booze to be felt on the palate.
O: Not a top-tier RIS, but certainly a very good one. It has to compete with the likes of Old Rasputin, though, and that makes this one a hard sell for yours truly. Still, Iíd have no trouble drinking this one again.
scoobysnak (329) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Caramel and roasted malt. It also has some pretty good alcohol notes and a little coffee.
Crompt (112) - York, South Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark with a tiny mocha head which is very appealing. Dark chocolate with a little roast and slightly bitter sweet finish which I like. Donít know the price because it was a shipment from a beer club but Iíd happily pay $9 for it if you see it.
grimreaperguru (233) - santee, California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a jet black color with a short lived dark brown head. The aroma is of dark chocolate, and roasted coffee. The flavor is of dark chocolate and coffee. The body was full with a sweet and bitter aftertaste. Overall a great beer.
Beachmaster (110) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Pours deep black, with a long-lasting tan head that leaves good lacing. Nose is dark roast malt and chocolate. Taste is dark roast malt and dark fruit, with a long finish and slightly oily mouthfeel. Hides the alcohol well. A very good Imperial Stout.
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Twisted Jimmyís. Chocolate, coffee, light smoke; oaky with vanilla. Peated barley and alcohol vapor. Rich Tootsie Roll, beany soy tang. Dark black opaque with cocoa-tan thin creamy lacing head. Medium-heavy chewy body with medium carbonation. Starts pretty sweet with chocolate, coffee, and light peat, soy. Mild carbonic acidity, alcohol warming with medium bitter nutty finish. Sweet after but short of cloying. Warming finish.