ineedbeer (883) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is a balanced blend of roasted malts and dark fruit. You get a decent amount of chocolate and a light coffee note. There is a lot of prunes, dried cherries and a hint of raisin in the aroma. A medium low alcohol aroma is also present. The beer is starting to show some signs of oxidation with a vinous sherry note forming.
Pours black with a thick dark mocha head that steadily recedes fairly quickly leaving a light film in the center and a ring on the edges. Faint lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor is rather enjoyable. The dark malts have a bit of a toasted cracker flavor to them to go along with the light coffee and moderate chocolate flavor. There is a decent amount of dark fruit esters in the flavor as well with prune and raisin being more prevalent than cherry. By this point in time the hop flavor has completely faded if there ever was one. Bitterness is moderate and astringency is low. Medium light alcohol note in the finish - lighter than the nose leads you to believe. Finishes fairly dry which is nice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium to medium high carbonation. Astringency is quite low and alcohol warmth is moderate.
This beer is pretty darn good. It's not amazing and I understand why it isn't highly sought after, but it is solid and very enjoyable. I found the flavor to be quite good and better than the aroma. I like that it doesn't feel like it has a terminal gravity of 1.035.
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b3shine (5820) - Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (2011 vintage, shared by LitoIPA). Looks good; black with beige lacing. Smells of dark malt, dark chocolate, and roast. Tastes like it smells with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
fishonmyplane (482) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An impossible beer to find, even in CT - props to all the ratebeerians out there for searching, trading, burglarizing, and whatever else it took to get those bottles. Anyway, IST has a great flavor if you like bitterness, with plenty of roasted malt and resin hop flavor. Assertive. It is really dominated by roasted malt, with bitter coffee and just a bit of chocolate malt. Pretty smooth. This was not crafted with balance in mind, but it’s delicious, and the intense roasty bitterness is palatable because they had the foresight to keep the ABV under 9%. An epic beer, worthy of the hype.
jrob21 (2666) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at First Sunday. Incredible aroma that is rich and chocolatey and roasty malt. Flavor comes through as much the same, smooth and rich chocolate again. Subtle and smooth. Very drinkable.
chinchill (2128) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours near black and opaque.
Robust dark malt flavor but as sweet as many a milk stout. Lingering flavor of dark roasted malts with little burnt quality.
rxeight (1510) - Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 bottle to taster at new glarus. More of a euro roast. Ok imperial stout. Nothing special.
Klimaet (296) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a thin mocca head. Aromas of very sweet fruits, vanilla, fudge, sweet chocolate and coffee. Taste is not as Extreme sweet fruits but still has alot of it, more roasted malt and coffee. Bit thin body sadly.
Errl (1732) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle..pour is black with tan ..Nose is chocolate, cream, spice, roast..Taste is roast, soft, cream, chocolate
cfrancis (2498) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours inky black with a big frothy brown head. Aroma is rich roasted malts, a little mocha and a little dark chocolate. Taste is mild carbonation, rich roasted malts, bitter chocolate. Went so well with our steak dinner. Had a few years on it, alcohol was essentially non existent.
htzpah (100) - - APR 18, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Big IPA smell, smells bitter. But first aroma is roasted coffee beans. Reddish head. Bitter taste, an IPA stout
BLADT (653) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2014 Bottle pour. Black body, with a reddish head that disappears too quickly. Beautiful while it lasts. Smell is coffee, followed by cherries, and then some basic hops. Flavor is roast beans, blackberries, dark bread and some chicory spiciness. Even and well put together.