mike67 (821) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, 1 year old. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, beige head and lovely carbonation. Aroma is of toasted malt, cacao, bread crust, some hops and alcohol. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is of nutty, toasted malt, coffee, vanilla, chocolate covered cherries, brown sugar, dark fruit and herbal hops. Finish is long, semi-dry. Nice dessert brew.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
THOUGHTS: Nice imperial stout. Hard to tell at first if there was anything unique or unusual about the flavor or aroma based on the odd ingredients but as it warmed they began to develop. The aroma was a little hot, but the alcohol was fairly well hidden in the flavor. It was fairly easy to drink for the high ABV. It went down easy. Better and better as it warmed. Went well with cocoa roast almonds.
TECHNICAL: Drank 5/12/2013. Bottle. Poured very dark brown that was basically opaque black in the glass with decent legs and a small, light, reddish brown head that mostly diminished. Toward the end it looked like graham cracker crumbs floating in the wisps of the head. The aroma was a little weak compared to the flavor but had moderate chocolate and coffee; light hops when very warm; dark fruit; cherry; slight vanilla; alcohol; pie crust, a little smoke and acrid burnt marshmallows. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, slightly acidic and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, light to moderately bitter, slightly sour and lightly acidic. There was chocolate syrup, caramel, molasses, coffee syrup, a little roasted malt, hints of smoke, a little vanilla (which might be marshmallow), something a little like cinnamon, a little alcohol, cherry and other dark fruit, cream, vanilla and I think actually Fluff when warmer, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and, when very warm, pine hops. The medium to full body was oily but sticky on the lips with soft carbonation with a light alcoholic finish.
Darkmagus82 (1785) - - OCT 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 11-27-13-
Served on tap in a snifter
Appearance – The beer is served a pitch black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a big level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell –The aroma is overall roasted, sweet and malty. A good level of a roasted smell mixed with a bit of a graham cracker smell create the bulk of the smell. Along with these aromas are some quite sweet aromas. The sweeter smells are of a chocolate and vanilla nature, mixed with some marshmallow like smells of more vanilla and confectioners’ sugar. All in all the mix of aromas is quite inviting, creating a rather sweet and chocolate “s’more like” smell.
Taste – The taste begins rather sweet and roasted with a good level of caramel, chocolate and vanilla sweetness and a nice roasted malt flavor that meld well with the sweet to create a chocolate bar like flavor for the brew. This sweeter chocolate flavor persists throughout the taste with other flavors of some of the marshmallow sweetness, with a more powdered sugar like taste, joining the tongue soon after the initial tastes. Some caramel and a bit more chocolate as well as some more graham cracker like flavors joining the tongue more toward the end, one is left with a rather sweet, chocolaty and smooth sugary taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average to slightly on the lower side for what would be expected of a brew of 11.6 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly above average side. A bit of a thicker body and a little less carbonation may have suited the rich and sweet imperial stout qualities of the brew a bit better, but overall it was still rather nice and it really hides the alcohol content well as only the slightest trace of it is encountered in the taste..
Overall – A quite tasty brew overall. Big and robust, but with a amazingly hidden alcohol level. Pretty much a drinkable decadent dessert in a glass.
jtclockwork (8782) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with mocha tan head. Nose/taste of roasted marshmallow, toasted graham cracker, roast chocolate, melted milk chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Medium body.
devman171 (1022) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours black with tan head, aroma is big graham cracker and chocolate. Taste is full bodied chocolate and roast, well done
anthony850 (277) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
High alc covered up by chocolate.
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BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in snifter: Get plenty of mallows and bakers chocolate all up in here but not any graham cracker. Good sweet bread and golden raisins character with a nod to light resiny pine. Not as toasty or charred as most Imperial Stouts however and that is a good thing I believe. Sadly however this is not my Aston Martin but more a Buick Lacrosse. Damn nice car but still a wanna be.
voyageurmike (48) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this draft at the brewery, for their 2nd anniversary party. Decent, very big chocolate stout, just not in love with how bitter it finishes. Comparing this to 2013 Pillow, surprisingly the higher ABV barleywine had a more balanced taste.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5045) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2014 Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a small foamy brown head that faded quickly but left good lacing. The aroma was cocoa, a hint of smoke and roasty malts. The flavor was dry and roasty with notes of smoke, leather and hints of vanilla and chocolate. Medium length dry and roasty finish with lingering smoke and leather. Moderately full bodied. Meh.
closey22 (944) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black lacy tan head; slight chocolate aroma; Flava is rich sweet and slightly roasty; feels thick silky creamy; finishes sweet somewhat malty