trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap, pours a pitch black color with a thick tan head that leaves great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, coffee beans and Chocolate. Tastes like coffee in beer form. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy with awesome carbonation. This is the best coffee stout I’ve had to date. It’s also the best beer I’ve had from New Belgium’s lips of faith series as well.
Kinz (3376) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a nice large head that almost looks like a chocolate milkshake. Head fades to a rim. Aroma of coffee, bread, hint of chocolate. Flavor is heavy on coffee, light chocolate, faint breadiness on the finish. Really rather good. Almost bordering on refreshing somehow, even though it is medium-full bodied. Nice.
Mittenator (1439) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber into a snifter. Rich and roasty aroma. Heavy malty and coffee flavor. A bit astringent. Solid stout.
jstraw (1939) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with big, foamy, brown head / Rich nose of chocolate, fresh roast coffee, and tobacco / Full body, chewy and creamy, light acidity, some sweetness but mostly dry with good bitterness to stand up the big body / Toasty flavors of dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cigar box, grass, lemon, and caramel / What a great stout.
atlrizzob (185) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black. smells like roasted coffee beans. A reasonably thick tan top. Very delicious imperial stout. Begins with coffee taste then chocolate takes over. Dark, nice, and robust like MCD (RIP)
chinchill (2267) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2013 Sampled in back-to-back comparison with a Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Imperial Stout. The latter is noticeably sweeter, which is a good thing in this case. Pours thick black and completely opaque, even when held to direct sunlight. Large, creamy tan head is
Smell: Big, roasted coffee and malt notes, with some dark chocolate notes.
Taste: Roasted malt and coffee at first then ramps up into a strong, smoky espresso palate. Finishes bitter leaving the aftertaste of expresso.
Mouthfeel: full body with very good carbonation.
Overall: for expresso lovers only.
decaturstevo (5260) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of coffee and chocolate dominate. Flavor is a smooth chocolate some nice coffee tones and a very nic warmth. Medium/full bodied with smooth carbonation. Pretty damn nice.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle: pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a sweet dark caramel and chocolate nose with fresh roasty coffee. Starts with good fullness and toasty dark caramel malts with rich coffee flavor and dark chocolate before a drier bittersweet finish. Pretty smooth and well-balanced.
jeremyh70 (795) - Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured dark brown into a snifter with half a finger of cream colored head that settled to a nice film with good lacing. Was not as viscous as I would have hoped from the style. Brewed coffee aroma with some chocolate. The coffee is predominate in taste with dark chocolate flavor, roasted malt and a hint of alcohol spiciness that provides some warming but not much else. Medium/full and semi smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Good and somewhat drinkable for an imperial stout but not very complex. Would have liked more chocolate. One of those beers that I could drink and enjoy but there are better examples of the style that I like better.
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Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. Pours black as night with a thin brown head. Nose of coffee, toffee & burnt caramel. Super slick mouthfeel leads to creamy latte & 70% dark chocolate flavor. Burnt coffee finish. Wonderful specimen of this style.
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