Brent (116) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2001
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
For an imperial, this was surprisingly light (in a relative sort of way) and restrained. The chocolate notes were more milk-chocolate than dark chocolate, and the coffee flavors were quite mild. The finish had a slight hint of vanilla. In a blind tasting, I would not have thought this an imperial - more like a robust porter, as the alcohol did a good job of hiding in the background, but a very tasty (and potent) brew nonetheless.
Bule (739) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a thick black color with a lot of frothy beige head. Thick roasted malt flavors. Mild and east going.
jsnicholas (117) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12 Oz): Black with nice tan head. Malty, cocoa, toasted Carmel. Very tasty. Drink again.
Aiacobellis (6) - - AUG 25, 2014 does not count
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Muy fuerte para mi gusto, pero excelente cerveza para gente q le gusta cerveza dura ... rockera
smroush (23) - Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color, very little tan head.
Aroma is somehow creamy, with a real chocolate aroma.
Initial and mid palette are fairly crisp with a pronounced chocolate taste on the finish. A fairly oily texture, especially on the finish. Nice bit of dried fruits. Some tobacco.
Very interesting in that I am struck heavily by what is not as pronounced in some other top imperial stouts. For a 9% ABV beer the alcohol sweetness is not all that noticeable - a good thing. The deep roasted flavors and coffee flavors are also not as pronounced as some.
This is a very good beer. Had some with more complexity, but not very many.
joejames (124) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours black, two finger tan head, moderate lacing, great retention. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate. Taste is mostly bitter, with sweetness in the background. Full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy mouth feel. Finishes bittersweet with note of licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke and alcohol. An extremely complex and tasty stout.
SupperHopped (8) - - AUG 20, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
ON NITRO - a little less bold than the bottle version. Taste amazing, silky coffee with a substantial bitterness. A favorite of mine.
ametras (371) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Black pour with a frothy tan head. Flavors are milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, licorice, caramel, roasted malts, coffee with ashy notes. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, creamy texture.
Mareglia (15) - - AUG 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown in glass. Chocolate caramel aroma. Smoky, chocolate flavor. Bitter and dry. Very good.
allmyvinyl (3129) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Brewdog, Edinburgh. Pours dark brown, thin tan head. Aromas of chocolate, cold coffee. Taste is more milk chocolate, light herbal note. Gentle roast bitterness, soft carbonation. Nice.
miquelcrush (1362) - Granollers, SPAIN - AUG 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa.
Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.