Darkmagus82 (1954) - - 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 (766) - 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 (1410) - 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 (7622) - 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.
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from QFC in Portland, OR. Aroma is malty and smokey, with hints of coffee and ash. Mouthfeel and taste begins creamy and sweet, and finishes slightly dry and astringent. I like the hop/malt balance and fact that the beer hides the high alcohol content very well. As is usual for me, I don’t care for the smokiness and dry finish.
julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 22. Color is a nice chestnut brown. Aroma has a burnt malt nose and first sip definitely has a burnt malt, plasticy flavor. As the beer warmed the flavors came together a bit more, but still got an overwhelming burnt grain and bitter grass flavor. Interesting beer. Half a glass was plenty for me.
BeerFunGuy (822) - California, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
You really taste the gravity. It pulls you in. A huge attractive force. It has a pleasant inviting mild aroma but huge flavors. Taste one draws you to taste two. Then the gravity grabs you and pulls you to the bottom of the bottle. It leaves you thinking 'how did I get here so fast?'
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mbgrayson (606) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark brown with a cream colored head. Aroma of malts and a bit of chocolate. Taste is dark and a bit sweet. It is very smooth and drinkable. Not as complex as some Imperial Stouts. Very inexpensive compared to many. Thumbs up.
davidjh01 (1) - - SEP 26, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought on a whim because it sounded interesting. Rich roast malt flavor with a nice balance. 9% ABV made itself known at first taste but overall a nice finish.
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slowrunner77 (6722) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Dark chocolate, licorice and mocha abounds. A little light for the style but so drinkable and smooth it kinda makes up for it. Not a hoppy Imperial, but enough for balance."