elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz growler. Served at around 55F.
Pours black with a two finger light brown head that leaves nice sheets of spotty lacing and recedes to a wispy cap and ring.
Aroma is coffee, cocoa powder, roasted malts, nutty, peanut butter. Good to very good strength.
Flavor mirrors the aroma, coffee, cocoa/chocolate, roasted malts, peanut butter, hint of dark fruit, rather sweet, minimal bitterness, mild alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy and smooth with soft carbonation.
More about the coffee than chocolate, and picking up a distinct peanut butter character. Kinda makes me think of Terrapin’s Liquid Bliss, yet this doesn’t utilize any peanuts. Pretty good, but not as thick or rich as other Imperial Stouts out there.
shhmoke (32) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black, with a thin tan head. Smells of coffee and chocolate. The taste leans more toward the coffee while having that hint of sweetness to it. The alcohol is masked quite well. A solid imperial coffee stout.
tmoreau (3474) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap and viscously dispensed to a snifter with an opague, black/brown color, brownish tan head froth, and decent, fairly lasting cling to the curtainy lacing. The aroma was dry, roastiness, ground coffee, and smooth malt, with a touch of burnt wood/smokiness. The flavor was similar notes, retaining the dryness, with medium, earthy hop bitterness, and some tanniny astringency. Medium+body, with very soft carbonation, no real esters or sweetness to speak of, but a soft baker’s chocolate emerging as it warmed. If you like crisp and dry, this is the RIS for you.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep opaque brown body, medium clumping light brown head. Roasty nose with ashy coffee bean and chocolate; rather dry. Body sweeter than expected, creamy, with chocolate and ashy coffee bean; bitter and roasty finish. Soft and quite good, although not as complex or deep as most imperial stouts.
Bricks (917) - Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very dark brown, with a light tan bubbly frothy head. Aroma of bitter coffee, very dark chocolate, but not much else. Very smooth with a bitter bite. Kinda simplistic, yet very good.
marcus (8687) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room, Sacramento. Pours near black with a nice tan head and a coffee aroma. There is a rich chocolate flavor with lots of coffee and a bitter finish. All the tastes blend nicely.
trujahwarrior (510) - 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 (3696) - 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 (1612) - 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 (1954) - 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.