MacBoost (1582) - 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 (1311) - 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 (779) - 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 (2721) - 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 (7661) - 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 (2482) - 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 (2089) - - 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.
beerbastard (818) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, Very dark pour. Roasted malt nose. Rich flavors of roasted malts, followed by mild coffee, and some dark fruit in the background. This is challenged by the bitter hops. Everything comes together in the finish.
RedSox2004 (1497) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a one-finger tan head, solid retention and very nice lace. Aromas of dark chocolate, roast coffee, a touch of dark fruit, smoke, and some alcohol. Flavors were somewhat more robust, with semisweet baking chocolate, espresso and roast up front with hints of dark fruit and warming alcohol. Full body, rich creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and a touch of bitterness in the finish.
DuffMan (8316) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared at Thanksgiving dinner with guests, either 2011 or 2012 vintage, I can’t recall. Surprisingly "undense" pour for an impy, medium brown with golden highlights. Milk chocolate, aniseed, light coffee, moderate bitterness. Can an imperial stout seem "lighter", but still satisfy? Oddly enough, this one does.