xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 Bottle. Aroma knocks me on my ass immediately upon uncapping. Apples, alcohol, yeast... fruit cornucopia, raisin, milk chocolate, nuts. Senses are super excited. Pours mahogany with a huge tan head (that’s a gentle pour!) Green apples prominent in the flavor of the head, with a big bite of dark chocolate w/fruit in the head too. Beer replicates those flavors with more prominent dark chocolate, alocohol detectable, but perfectly balanced. Infinite and beautiful finish that prolongs the joy.
At rating 110, this is a gold standard for me - 2nd time I’ve had it and both times it impressed me that it was better than almost any other beer I’d had.
hfmejias (352) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Good Looking beer that pours black with a generous tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and booze... Taste has a lot of coffee notes, malty, some cocoa and alcohol; it is perhaps very well balanced and smother than what the aroma would lead you to think. Overall a very nice beer, a slow drinker but very enjoyable.
Jerm719 (17) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great color. Minimal head. Coffee beans, vanilla, earthy hops, anise. Great RIS, a bit thinner than expected. Long roasty, hoppy finish!
kassner (1221) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
ad this some time ago but again this week at Lawrenceville Pa on Nitro. Smooth and smokey, it really let all the flavors come through. big rating for me on nitro.
tourette (200) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On Nitro tap at Chuck's. Amazing this way. Even more smooth and delicious than from bottle. Such a killer stout.
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novels (332) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best stouts ever, with a wide availability, a great example of the style to introduce your old man to. Fruity, toffee, malty, boozy, etc.
BierFiend (69) - Theisberstegen, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick dark brown with two-fingers of tan head. Smells of roasted malts and sweet caramels. Tastes rich, with cocoa, coffee, caramel, roasted malts and light bitter. Nice finish with a light coffee bitter on the tongue. Delicious beer.
Brouwerij (407) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a half finger of light brown head. Aroma is heavily roasted, dark malt, dark chocolate, mildly burnt, mild tobacco. Flavor is strong roasted malt, dark malt, chocolate, mildly bitter, with somewhat noticeable alcohol. Hints of smokiness as it warms, alcohol and chocolate also become more noticeable. Moderate carbonation and medium-full body. Rich, roasted, an excellent imperial stout.
artmcd8 (640) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle drank in 2013: Pours a deep black-brown with a khaki colored head that billows out the top of the glass with a vigorous pour. The aroma is malty and roasty. There is some chocolate in the aroma. The taste is complex with a smoky aftertaste. Very well done RIS.
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derage (4) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is by far the best stout I have tried. It has a great taste with a strong but enjoyable alcoholic finish. Must try if you are into stouts but wish some had a more complex taste.
Mittenator (451) - Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Near black with a beige head. Deep malt, some vanilla and mineral aromas. Big malt and chocolate and coffee flavors. Astringent.
FYI - Pairs well with a caramel filled drumstick.