Gachupines (785) - USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate. Flavor is strong chocolate with an overly sweet finish. Rich and especially suited to dessert but a touch one note. A little aggressive in the alcohol sweetness with some bitterness from the hops. Not bad, but a little bitter up front and a little overly sweet in the finish.
Westmeister (1436) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is semi sweet chocolate, roasted coffees. Taste is burny coffee rinds, chocolate with some dark fruit underliners. Palate is full, rich with a lingering char and medium sweetness. Very nice. Lovely sipper.
seth_lfod (313) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared by Nick... Thanks! Aroma is subdued.... inert as a fellow beer geek described it. Pours a jet black with a small mocha head. Taste is again slightly inert... Can get a little chocolate and dark fruits, a little alcohol. Body is good, what I would expect from an imperial stout. Decent offering.
Phatdog1 (167) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - APR 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber thanks to ZMDR1975. Ink black pour into a snifter. Amazing aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, candy and booze. Very mellow upfront. Complex mix of rasins, dark chocolate and black licorice. Sweet finish with a bit of heat from the 10.8 abv. Rich & robust like an Impy should be. I would definately seek this out again.
tdmuel (240) - South Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost pitch black with a fluffy khaki head. Lots of dark fruit and roasted malt on the nose, sweet chocolate notes, caramel, slight coffee notes, and a bit of booze. Taste is very milk chocolate and coffee forward, good bit of roasted malt and caramel, some dark fruits and mocha. Full bodied, medium carbonation. Well balanced, not extraordinary but still quite tasty/
gyllenbock (3941) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Monks Porter House, March 2013.
Black with a small, creamy tan head. Aroma and taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and some fruit. Nice body on this one. The aftertaste was long. A solid one.
HourGlass13 (20) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark black, as night. Very deep rich roasted aroma The taste is dark chocolate and very malty. A hearty heavy stout. There is a slight hint of coffee and a touch of fruit. Very well done. Leaves you wanting many more!
chinchill (1248) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler fill from TCT (Greenville). Pours brown/black with a decent head. Aroma of dark roasted malt with hints of rum, dark chocolate and weak coffee. There’s some chocolate and coffee in the flavor too, but a much more substantial load of dark roasted malts, particularly towards the finish. A bit boozy and a touch of burnt grain, but both are more welcome than objectionable.
O: A well crafted, mainstream imperial stout.
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vertical tasting of 2013, 2012, and 2011. Reviewing 2011 specifically. A somewhat hollow tartness on the nose; certainly intriguing but one dimensional (more fresh bottles smelled of raw malt and dark fruit). Headless, dark bastard with only a touch of film. Tastes of malt/lactic sourness, mellow purple fruit, and wine. Eldest bottle certainly immensely preferred to the more recent. (The most recent two years varied from one another only a bit - the two yr old had become something new entirely). Overall, rich and tart in flavor but gently bodied for an imperil stout.
NikkTwist (1337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Khyber Pass in Philly. Apparently finished the keg so the very dark red pour has an enormous fluffy brown head. Smooth creamy chocolate coffee. Strong dark stout but the creaminess makes this almost ridiculously drinkable for so high an ABV. Not overly complicated but the notes that are there are in proper balance. Huge creamy finish.