jkwalking05 (3050) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted in 2010 (backlog). Black with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is roasty with coffee and toast. Taste is of roasted malts and coffee.
ansermadide (1408) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color with possibly one of the coolest-looking medium-brown, billowy, cavernous head Iíve ever seen. Over time, that beautiful head settles to a thin film, leaving behind a gorgeous, light brown lacing thatís reddish brown in the more concentrated areas. The aroma is quite unique, with a nice, soft blend of cocoa and currants. Moylanís hit the nail on the head with the chocolate truffle description, because itís almost spot on in the nose.
Itís just as soft in the mouth, with more roasted malts showing through up front, followed by a soft chocolate flavor, then a somewhat harsh roasted malt finish that exhibits more of that burnt currant flavor. Something about its booziness reminds me of a weak sherry (man, Moylanís really did do a great job of describing the beer), but the dense, soft, silky, almost chewy roasted malt and chocolate richness takes the edge off and rounds the beer out very well. Thereís just the right level of alcohol in this to be exhibited as well as it is. Minutes after my last sip I can still taste a boozy fruitiness in the roof of my mouth that almost reminds me of a red wine. Soy sauce also comes to mind when the beer first enters the mouth, but Iím not sure how legit that is since my wife is in the kitchen cooking right now.
Overall, this is a wonderful imperial stout that has some great, unique qualities. If you like your imperial stout to taste like it has alcohol in it, and if you like it to taste like something other than roasted malts or just chocolate, this is well worth it.
maxwelldeux (2703) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a near-black color with a moderate tan head. Nose has some dark fruit elements in there and some roasting underneath. Taste has some coffee notes in there and just a tad bitter.
olio (4815) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle @ Olutravintola Konttori, Tampere.
Originally rated on 20090927.
Pours pitch black color with a small beige head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, licorice notes, cocoa, dark chocolate, some tar and mild fruity hops. Flavor of dark chocolate, licorice, syrup notes, roasted malts and some caramel. Thick oily palate. Excellent.
deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at ACAT. Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a strong chocolate malt with roasted malts and backing coffee. Flavor has a strong chocolate note up front supported by roasted malts and a touch of coffee in the finish.
johnbuck100 (209) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz from brewery via beer jobber. pretty hard not to give this one a thumbís up. this is not for the faint of heart. big big big, chewy, chocolate coffee, oak, a few big hops thrown in - but wish it had more. you name it, this stout has it. great stuff for a winter snowy night. wish i had a fire going.
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black and thick. Big hop character with coffee malts. Very strong, somewhat bitter.
AmericanAussie (2) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer pours beautifull with a nice dark colored head. The aroma comes out at you with a wonderful malty aroma. The color is as black as they come. The taste is relatively good, but has too much residual sweetness to my palate. The perceived sweetness could be associated with a bitterness. However, this perception detracts from the beer, making this a beer that I would only drink one of, as opposed to having a second. Without the perceived residual sweetness, this beer would be ranked much higher for me.
crossovert (5640) - Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This one rocks. Tastes barrel-aged. Big sherry notes, bourbon, oak, maybe the bar got a ba keg and didnít know it. Awesome beer.
igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
appearance is cola-like, light carbonation, thin light brown head. aroma is of vanilla and dark chocolate and coffee. flavor is a little thin with notes of chocolate and coffee. decent bitter finish.