tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is not especially enticing, chocolate, booze, odd sour milk. The appearance is black, off white head. The flavor is bittersweet chocolate, booze, pine. The flavor is an improvement over the aroma. The finish is roast, sweet, pine. Enduring. Medium, medium/thick in body. Decent, pretty good overall. Not a standout in this style.
presario (4817) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pint of black with a thick brown foam. Light liqueur scent with chocolate highlights. Tasty rich dark chocolate mousse with nice bitterness. An elegant aperitif.
reebtogi (4583) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle pours almost black in color with a 2 finger light brown head that leaves some spotted lacing behind. Aroma is chocolate with maybe a hint of licorice and dark fruits and light roasted grains. Taste is a raisin and chocolate malty sweetness with a hint of licorice and a grassy hop bitterness. A little light in body for the style with light carbonation. Overall, this is a smooth, easy drinking IMPY that could sneak up on you quickly if you had more than a couple.
MacBoost (1452) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours deep brown with a tan head. Aromas of pine hops and metal. Taste is semi dry and bitter. Flavors of metal rods, roasted line cones. Alcohol is apparent. Sharp and slightly offensive. This is mediocre at best, but I’ll chug it because I’m ISO high boost tonight.
pete4999 (1179) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Mr. Goodbar in Buffalo, NY. Heavy on the chocolate. Impressive looking pour, just like you’d expect for an imperial stout. The ABV is deceptive...not as boozy as expected. Cool logo on the box too, with the domes reminiscent of St. Basil’s in Moscow. Good stuff.
mstrcrwly (558) - New York, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured into a snifter..dark pour with fluffy tan head..aroma of coffee,chocolate,roasted nuts..dry,malty coffee taste.pretty good.
Maverick34 (2493) - New York, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from whole foods 14th. Pours dark obviously. Dark chocolate, bitter, some espresso. Pretty nice.
Ibrew2or3 (7344) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber pours with a nice deep dark mahogany body that supports with a somewhat thin mocha colored head. The aroma offers up an even mix of black licorice, chocolate and dark roasted to burnt maltiness as well as a bit of dark roasted coffee, molasses and more chocolate into the end of the draw. The taste starts with some sweetness, dark roasted malts, some chocolate and black licorice spiciness. It smooths out to midway with some molasses and dark chocolate joining all of the roastiness. Pretty nice.
BrewBoxer (2366) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black color . Sweet malty with no boozy taste really. Easy drinking. Not bad.
Darkmagus82 (1940) - - OCT 29, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bomber into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a pitch black color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a good level of retention, fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt smell with some notes of dark chocolate mixed within. Some nice sweeter smells of vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar as well as a little bit of dark fruits of cherry, plum, and raisin are there as well. A bit of coffee as well as a hint of a smoky smell round out the aroma, creating a rather dark and roasty, warming smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt taste with a rather sweeter chocolate flavor consisting of a semi-sweet chocolate mixed with vanilla and caramel. More roasted malt enters the taste as it advances further from the start with some of the sweet fading just a tad. All while the sweet fades a bit, a decent showing of a coffee flavor as well as some toast and smoke flavors come to the tongue. In the end, with a bit of graininess as well as the onset of more roast and dark chocolate and coffee flavors, one is left with a moderately, but not too sweet mocha flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is quite low. For the style the carbonation and slightly thicker body are nice (although a little more thickness would have likely been even better) making for a good and intense stout flavor to soak into the tongue.
Overall – A rather nice stout overall that is very approachable and that at only ~ $5 for a bottle is a great value. This is a great imperial overall when considering price/characteristics.