Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Served in a Westmalle chalice for no other reason that I need to break in the glass.
Rich roasted malt & coffee nose with everything an Imperial Stout requires.
Pours a clear but nearly opaque ultra-dark brown color with a 1 finger creamy tan head that has moderate staying power. Lacing and head retention could be a touch better. The mouthfeel is creamy and robust. The flavor, a clear í10í, is the high point of this beer. It leads with a crisp bitter bite on the front end, then a touch of sweetness, followed by a rich roastiness that persists through a delicious and wonderfully long finish. The only hint of the alcohol is a just touch of hotness combined with roasted malt acidity in my throat.
Since Iím getting more depressed by the minute that I didnít buy more when I had the chance, Iíll bump the overall
rating up a notch.
Rerating after a rich stew dinner (same day) - Espresso notes are more clear in flavor and aroma. Flavor and bitterness just ípopí from the beer and the staying power of the finish is just astonishing. Bumping overall up 2 to to 19 as I am loving the second half of this beer even more tha tthe first half!!
Machalel (24) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Thick and dark, verging on black, with very little light being let through. A thick coffee coloured head, which lasts for a reasonable time. Leaves a bit of lacing down the glass.
Aroma: Really nice aroma that combines a shot of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, and a little bit of hops. Definitely coffee forward on the nose, but perfectly complex underneath.
Taste: Where the aroma is more coffee forward, I found the taste was quite a bit more chocolaty, with a good whack of malt and caramel. There is a bit of burnt grain somewhere in there, but not enough to become unpleasant. The hops are quite balanced, and even though a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste is present, there is enough refinement and balance that nothing is overpowered. Nice warmth from the alcohol, but again it is very well balanced, and adds to the flavour rather than distracts from it.
Mouthfeel: A little bit drier than the flavours would make you think it is, but I think that is partially due to the ABV. If I had to find a fault, it could probably be a little thicker and creamier, but that is just my preference.
Overall: Wonderful! I was wondering if this was going to live up to the rating here, and I can pleasantly report that it does. It is both easy to drink, and complex enough to savour. A really terrific stout that manages to tick every box.
chinchill (585) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle served in a pint glass (2011; from notes)
The well-sized dark tan head was about as dense and lovely as could be short of a nitro-can or nitro-tap. The liquid appears black with just tiny glimpses of brown at the edges when backlit. The head has excellent durability and leaves lots of light brown lacing.
Rather aromatic for a stout, with an easily detectable hop note over a rich dark malt aroma. The high ABV becomes more evident as the beer warms, but remains partially hidden in the aroma, and well hidden in the taste and feel. . The rich flavor, mainly from dark roasted malt, certainly contributes to the masking of alcohol flavors. There are dark chocolate and, less obvious, coffee notes in the finish. Almost no charred (burnt) taste components. Perfect sweet/bitter balance.
M - Exceptional mouthfeel, with a body that is nicely full for style, a creamy smooth texture, only the slightest alcohol tingle, and a modicum of lively tongue feel from the perfect carbonation.
O - What an excellent balance of hops and dark roasted malt, in this lively RIS! Delicious.
jmalecki05 (6) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to John from J&H Beer for this bottle. Awesome looking head of chocolate milk and Kahula. Aroma is full of fresh ground and roasted coffee ,burnt chocolate and dark rum. Very creamy on the pallet, a real delight. Taste smacks of burnt coffee and dark spirits (rum or bourbon). Alcohol presense is slightly strong, but expected for this big beer. Heavy expresso on the finish. Wouldja - Yes!
Shooter42 (73) - California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing aroma and taste in this intense imperial stout. Malty richness and hoppy profile fuse together to create a very interesting and enjoyable pitch black brew. One of the best stouts I have enjoyed so far!
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 (18) - 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 (342) - 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 (77) - Theisberstegen, 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.