onceblind (4967) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep black with an overgenerous light khaki foamy head...took me forever to pour. Aroma has a lot of burnt oak tannin and char and something off and metallic. Flavor is thankfully a little more complex and delicious, but ultimately is not really my style. Dark roasty earthy malt characters come through which quickly lead to a fruity off-dry red wine flavor with oak notes, a bit of char, and stouty smokiness. A bit too intense to be enjoyable.
zizzybalubba (1547) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 mL bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Dark brown pour that appears black in the glass with a foamy light brown head. The aroma has a touch of sourness at first (presumably from the Pinot Noir barrels) but quickly the coffee and dark chocolate make their way through. The dark roasted malt flavor is balanced by the barrel aging and provides the beer with a dark fruit flavor that is typical of the style. The palate is not overwhelmed by charred, bitter malts. Instead the tongue is treated to a wonderful balance of chocolate and dark fruit. Nice beer!
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2013 update: had again for the first time since my craft beer inauguration, and it is much better than i remember. pinot dominates this with dark fruits and rich alcohol, very distinct barrel aging character, and coffee balances it out with a bit of chocolate coming as it warms. original: this was my introduction to craft beer. downed three of these every thursday. certainly got my palate set for beer anyway. aggressive roastiness, and aggressive carbonation too. probably too aggressive on both counts, a bit rough and a bit fizzy. on the other hand the flavours are quite nice, with typical dark chocolates and a bit of coffee. would like to try again some point soon. not a bad imperial i suppose, got me into this delicious world anyway.
blutt59 (6099) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled, red amber color with some tan foam, aroma is bit of red wine and malted chocolate, flavor has some red wine tannins, dry cocoa, bitter finish, hard to get much flavor compared to the nose on this
Corndog (12) - - MAR 31, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Massive head, fruity spicy nose, heavy grape flavour and sourness, big alcohol over the top. Pinot flavour dominates. Had trouble finishing it.
Chuggsta (9) - - MAR 30, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured very heady. Aroma estery, sweet and spicy. Big dark malt flavour, can taste the oak, spicy, alcoholic, bit over the top for my taste.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7 oz bottle - pours jet black, with huge, rocky, cascading tan head. Frothy like the foam of the ocean. Beautiful thick lacing. Nose is changing, with slightly sour notes, more sweet drawn coffee, milk chocolate, red berry notes, vanilla yum yum and distinctly complex. Taste is coffee, dark plums, mocha, dark grains, and roasted nuts. Medium to full-bodied, long finish, excellent palate. Creamy and touch of bitterness on the finish. Yes.
Ratman197 (10562) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
375 ml corked and caged green bopttle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, red wine, dark chocolate and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, red wine and light oak with a smooth lingering roasty red wine finish.
vtafro (4242) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Aroma is very roasty. Flavor follows with some wine barrel tones and darker stout ones.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle donated by my buddy durhambeer - thanks, Bob! Another hit from these Kiwis. Nicely hefty pour, sinuous but not soupy and with a righteously raucous head. The base beer is mocha and dark fruit for sure, which you certainly get in abundance in the nose, and it’s a nice idea to complement this with the pinot aging, which accentuates these qualities. Silky body, elegant and balanced throughout, a nice changeup from a lot of the overly boozy and/or aggressive imperial stouts out there.