Ernest (6748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught (circa 2009-10?).
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted grain, chocolate), lightly hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with notes of wood, vanilla, alcohol, prune.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
adnielsen (10138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ Vine Street location. Dark black appearance with a dark brown head. Deep roasty, chocolate malty aroma. Quite roasty and fairly bitter chocolate malty body. Roasty finish and aftertaste. I think Addiction is far superior.
Sammy (9677) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Vine club, noted as higher alcohol, I undertsand 9%. Black, little small brown head, lacey. Coffee aroma. Hop bitterness throughout, a wine finish. Rich roast,a little chocolate, a bit burnt. Drinkable though not very drinkable. Carbonation right there. Would be great on cask. A bit of acid from the roast in the aftertaste.
onceblind (5697) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Vine Street. Black with a dark brown head. Surprisingly smells of citrus and grassy hops, a bit of soy sauce. Some light cocoa notes too. Hts the tongue with lots of hop bitterness upfront, with some grapefruit and orange. Somewhat like a DIPA with it’s intense hop and intense malt backbone. But this soon mellows into dark chocolate tones with a slight berry touch. Vanilla extract shows up as well. This is like an extra chocolaty black IPA, and I dig it!
drjay44 (2996) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Vine Street Pub. Pours a thick mocha head, over a black (SRM 40) body......nose is heavy with coffee, chocolate, bit of toffee/caramel.....taste is rich sweet molasses then heavy coffee, chocolate finishing medium hop bitterness.....mouth feel is thick, chewy, carbonation low. This is a typical iteration of an Imperial Stout. Tasting of 4/17/10. BJCP 8/3/14/5/8
notalush (5392) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Vine Street - thick black pour, with a frothy, dark tan lace - March 2009 vintage - slick, thick mouthfeel - intense roast and bitterness reminiscent of coffee - bittersweet chocolate - alcohol warmth, but nothing I would consider heat - chewy, but easy-drinking for the style - a bit of cocoa and continuing warmth through the dry finish - very good.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Black with small brown head. Aroma is fruity - apples, pear, berries - also notes of chocolate and roastedness. Surprisingly hoppy aroma. Taste is sweet and similar to aroma in that fruit is most dominant aspect. Medium bitter finish that lingers.
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2011 1. Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 26/09/2009
Big roast aroma. Beige head. Black rich on the palate hoppy and strong in alcohol with a crisp and bitter coffee roast finish.
2. On Tap at Vine Street Pub, Denver 17/09/2010
As Nihilist Imperial Stout November 2009
Big chocolate aroma. Dark red coloured hoppy and strong in alcohol with a hint of bitterness in a dry chocolate roast finish.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub during GABF 2009. Pours a murky dark brown to black with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and roasted with notes of chocolate, ripe dark fruit, caramel, light hints of coffee. Flavor is much of the same with heavier chocolate presence and more coffee notes. Medium to full body with a pleasing malty finish.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewpub during GABF 2009.
Pours a deep black with a coffee nose. Flavor is rich coffee and chocolate. Thick, lasting mouthfeel. Good, GOOD beer.