Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vintage 2011. Thanks to Celtic001 for this bottle! Bottle poured into a tall chalice. Pours a deep foreboding black, with a thick, lustrous mocha head. The nose is a bounty of coffee, roasted embers, bakers chocolate. The big downfall to this one though is the feel. This is an over-carbonated mess. Harsh bubbles scald the palate. Way overdone. This is a much more roasted beer than anticipated. Smoke, charred wood, some mild cocoa-like flavors. Not a lot of sweetness to help balance this one out. Meh. This one was disappointing to say the least. Not worthy of the hype for me anyways. Glad I tried it though.
b3shine (5739) - 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 (474) - 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 (2632) - 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 (2056) - 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 (1474) - 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 (267) - 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 (1695) - 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 (2465) - 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 (99) - - 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.