ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - APR 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark black with almost no head whatsoever, just the faintest hint of a dark brown cap. Not too much going on with the nose, rich sweet treacly malts tempered by a decent level of roasted smokiness, a mild grassy hop aroma. Very softly carbonated, starting with dark berries and toffee on the palate before a bitter espresso character takes it through to a somewhat thin finish. Alcohol is a little too upfront for a style that usually cloaks it well. Not bad, but not great.
Beaver (1599) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brownish-black with no head, even after a vigorous pour.
The aroma is sweet chocolate, dark fruits (plum) and some rum cakey alcohol.
The flavor is roasted fudgy chocolate and coffee with a slight tang of dark fruits. It has a big bitter roasted and tarry alcoholic finish that is a bit over the top and slightly off tasting. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery with no carbonation.
Overall, I really like the flavor of this, other than the finish. The lack of carbonation hurts it as well. This is close to being an awesome brew.
Dangle (31) - Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
I love it. Black pour with almost no head. aroma is roasted malts. Very thick and Flavorful. Tastes Molasses. Very good.
Nucci (21) - cullowheee, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks very dark with thin brown head. smells sweet, taste pretty good, very thick and smooth delicious finish. Not one Iíd drink everyday.
chicagobears (447) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a thick oily black. Aroma of fine chocolate, caramel, and cookie dough.
TAR (2598) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft: Blackened bronze. Tight but thin gray-tan cap of foam. Vinous nose of raisins, molasses, charcoal, burnt cookies, and coffee-tinged roast. Hint of soy sauce, cola and resin. Soft pricks of carbonation. Viscous body. Sharp alcohol highlights the residual sweetness as molasses and fudge inundate the palate. Comes off as being a bit acidic due to the crunchy roast and charred malt which tingle the palate. Quite smoky, though wet and tackily sugary at the center. Mild notes of papery oxidation add to the dull and chalky roastiness. Finishes with a medicinal and alcoholic burn, as sticky molasses lingers and overwhelms the lurking smoky-tinged roast. Rather delightfully vinous and fruity, but suffers from being too tacky, sweet and alcoholic.
bigtaster (892) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 Pours thick, black, tan head. String malty aroma. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, charcoal, a little soy. Not a bad stout but lacks complexity with overwhelming taste of charcoal that diminishes the other flavors. Very warming a little alcohol taste.
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber via BBB63, damn Mike you rock. Shared with bikesandbeer and a gaggle including my girlfriend. Heard good things about this. Pours black with soem light brown ring. Nose is extremely roasted, with lots of big malts and coffee. Taste is really nice, quite chcolaty with nice sweet characteristics. Its a nice impy.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It seems like imperial stouts were made for rating; they have distinctive appearances and tons of flavor and aroma. And while this one was good, and I enjoyed it, and no doubt by the time Iím writing will have given it a good rating, I canít say that it is in the elite of this style in my mind, compared to other beers of this style Iíve tried...still good and worth a try though.
It poured a very inky black, and was a bit more viscous than I thought it might be. Head was minimal. Aroma was coffee-ish, and very boozy but in a bad way. It was (to me) quite reminiscent of rubbing alcohol. Thankfully, that rubbing alcohol astringency did not transfer to the taste, which was highly roasty with lots of coffee flavor. Still a bit boozy (itís 10+% ABV after all), but not in a bad way. Mouthfeel was rather smooth.
I bought this bottle from Sendikís in Franklin, and split it with SurlySober and Flyer, who in turn shared Weyerbacher Simcoe DIPA, Ten FIDY, and Central Waters Coffee Stout with me.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Black pour with no head or visible bubbles. Nose of espresso and chocolate with some alcohol. Hits the mouth with nice milky coffee, nuts, and some cocoa powder. Thereís almost no carbonation on the tongue, but it still goes down very smoothly and finishes with a nice, warm, sticky feel. Excellent balance, and remarkably "burn-free" for something thatís nearly 11% alcohol.