valpoaj (597) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that has been cellared for some time (4+ years). Had it fresh, but never rated. Pours black with some decent effervescent action and a small deep tan head that dissipates within a minute. Aroma is heavy on the sweet chocolate - and I mean lots of chocolate. Roasted malt notes, a hint of coffee and maybe some caramel in the background. Flavor is quite good, and I wish I remember what this was like fresh, because this seems quite complex compared to what I remember...still an overarching sweetness, but dark fruit, raisins, bitter chocolate - this is much better than I remember it being fresh - guess you hit and miss when lying beer down for a while. Palate is good, but nothing memorable - decent carbonation remains. Iíd drink this all the time...think I might have one more left, and if so, give it another year and weíll see how it goes.
ads135 (2392) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rich, dark, and bold. Coffee, chocolate, and a bit of tasted bread. Alcoholic and delectable. 9/13/2008.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft from the brewery. Pours black with a tan head. Nose of dark roast grain, with notes of coffee and chocolate. Fairly standard impy stout.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle shared by BrewEngineer at the 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 3/19/11. This has some age on it, but Iím not sure how much. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a thin creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, honey, nutty notes. The taste is roasted malts, bitter hops, honey, coffee, nutty notes. Full bodied. Nice beer.
emmasdad (85) - , Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a rich, opaque black with a good bit of off-white foam on top. Aromas of roasted malt, bakerís chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. On the palate, this one was fairly full bodied, with flavors of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.
adnielsen (7596) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap @ brewery. 8.9% ABV. Dark brown aspartame with a creamy brown head. Dark roasty, chocolatey, espresso, a touch milky nose. Dark chocolate malty, milky, espresso flavor with a creamy mouthfeel and pretty bitter finish. This is the base for the Bourbon Barrel Stout, just isnít barrel aged. Iím not very impressed, especially the milky, bitter elements.
phaleslu (5208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle shared by Dan at The Royale- thanks, Dan! Pours a dark brown color with a tan ring for a head. Aroma of coffee, bacon, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit- very complex, especially given the age on this. Flavor shows less of that bacon smokiness than the nose and instead has notes of chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit and earth. The body has thinned to a light-medium level and has low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Nice imperial stout that Iíll get fresh when and if they re-release it around here.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Aromtically malty body. Chocolate malts and dark fruit tones. Black raisins, a bit roasty witha hint of licorice. Mild warmth with a nice bitter coffee esk roastiness. A decent low abv IS.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 3/19/2011 Source:BrewEngineer) Grainy roastiness with possibly some floral hop notes. Black with little head. Big molasses notes in flavor with dark fruits following. Medium to full body and mouth feel. Finish is dry and roasty with dark fruits and molasses lingering. Tasty.
Butters (3591) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the Richmond 14th Gathering. Very clear brown with light brown highlights (much lighter than expected). Lightly soy saucy especially on the nose. Good roasty and red grapey vinous flavors. Thin and a bit watery. Meh. Not that great.