RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black brown with a small ring of foam for a head. Aroma of licorice, espresso, unsweet chocolate, black tea, red wine, and maybe the slightest hint of sulfur. A lot to wrap one’s head around. Flavor is semi sweet with dark chocolate, espresso, licorice, tea-like herbs, and plenty of dry vinous notes from the wine barrel. Finishes bitter, woodsy and dry, with an after taste of earth, wine, and heavily roasted coffee. Lingering. Medium-heavy bodied, carbonation seems a little high for the small head pour. Definitely a beer that keeps you interested.
gegwilson (1478) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Lancaster Wines. Pours black with a short lasting tan head. Quite a rich coffee aroma with vinous notes. The taste is rich and tasty. There are notes of coffee and chocolate with quite a bit of hop spiciness. Perhaps a little over hopped. Not the best imp ever, but still good beer.
jinroh (430) - ESTONIA - DEC 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pretty much black with a foam head that reduces to a thin layer quite soon. Aroma has coffee, roast malt - and is also a bit fruitily vinous -maybe because the bottle has aged a bit. Taste has bitter chocolate, dark fruits, a bit of booze. Hops attacking as well but actually not so prominent (any more?). Very potent bitter chocolate indeed. Cocoa nibs but not very dry. Good and well made imperial stout, enjoying this one a lot.
jbmartineau (4) - - DEC 17, 2014 does not count
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Strong ripe banana ester and alcohol. Very nice sweet palate with nice heat. Too medicinal
ROGUE (2127) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ KBF. Pours a dark and opaque black color with an inch and a half of a foamy khaki head. Aroma has notes of cocoa, licorice, oak and mild grapes. Flavor is predominant notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Hints of red wine tannins, pine cones, charred wood, oak and cocoa. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting roasted note and hop bitterness. Full body with mild carbonation.
AAEA (155) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12.7 FL OZ ($6.99) Very strong Imperial Stout. Never had any beer over the 10% ABV level and this was a first. very high heat from the alcohol. its good if you’re in need of a quick drunkenness.
maley1 (807) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour with small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste of roasted malts, unsweetened chocolate, coffee and faint pinot noir. Full bodied, medium carbonation, bitter coffee,
and roasted bitterness on the finish. Middle of the road imperial stout.
Jeffsayyes (25) - - NOV 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tried at Thirsty Koala in Astoria. Cross between coffee, wine, and beer. Intense and thought provoking.
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redknob (19) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tastes and looks like an alcoholic flat coke. Low carbonation, velvety mouthfeel. Gentle herbal notes, like a tasty version of Jagermeister. Sweet and a little smoky. Greater than the sum of its parts.
jbeatty (1098) - New York, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 11/6/2014. Pours black, thin wispy head, thin ring of lacing clinging around the glass. Aroma is chocolate, lightly sweet and powdery, nutty roast, dark fruit well integrated,vinous notes as the beer warms, vanilla and wood. Taste is lightly sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts and coffee, some char, lingering bitterness. Thick body. Nice, the barrel treatment adds some interesting accents.
thornecb (4545) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to nothing. Dark chocolate and sour fruit aromas. Thick with dark chocolate and dark dusty grape upfront turning to hot grape in the lasting finish.