jhp40219 (235) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle poured into a snifter glass. Pours like used motor oil with a decent chocolate tan head and decent lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is roasted malts up front with smoky oak, dark fruit, coffee, hops, hints of chocolate and a pronounced alcohol taste and burn. Tastes a whole lot stronger than 8%. Full body, texture is thick but not particular creamy. Carbonation is pretty strong and tongue numbing. Very malty aftertaste that lingers. Overall this is good, but the alcohol and malts are a tad overwhelming.
hopdog (8444) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Black pour with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roast, coffee, ash, and chocolate. Tastes of ash, coffee, roast, chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruits. Ashy.
r464 (1732) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark and roasty with char and malt, hints of coffee. Rather smooth and full leading to a nice, lasting finish.
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours thick and oily dark lack...not much light through this at all, with a 2-finger frothy tan head. The head is really loud and obnoxious, and says to me, "The music is reversible, but time is not". Nose is roasty slightly charred black patent malt, cacao, walnut. Tastes rich, roasty malty, with notes of cacao, dark choc syrup, ovaltine, molasses, and prunes. Finishes complex, well balanced, with a nice finishing hop kick. This one is great.
boxofrane (1846) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from /Mari’s. Pours pitch black with a finger of tan head that sticks around. The aroma is bitter chocolate, minimal coffee, and maybe a little alcohol. The taste is rich milk chocolate with a big coffee finish. Thick, enjoyable palate.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2012 [Bottle] Pours black with a small brown head. Lots of chocolate in the aroma, in fact it smells like liquid brownies. Taste is loaded with chocolate again, which slowly becomes taken over with deeply roasted malt. Moderate bitterness. Decent mouthfeel, long finish. Not overly complex, especially in the finish, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless. Since I’m just getting over a cold, I’ll re-rate this in a few days.
Re-rate: Aroma more of a mix of chocolate and anise. Mouthfeel is still good. Taste is a bit of a letdown with this bottle, with the deeply roasted malt more dominant and the flavor overall not melding as nicely. Dropping it a couple of tenths.
CanIHave4Beers (2866) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a basically black with a medium sized tan head.
The aroma is nice, very chocolaty, mildly hoppy, overall it’s appealing.
The flavor has it’s charms, particularly speaking it’s bitter and fairly dry, a departure from the standard American Imperial Stout. The chocolate is nice, but it’s a little over bitter & the use of dark roasted malt seems liberal and the flavor it lends is fairly intrusive and out of balance. The beer is fairly boozy in more of a vodka kind of way as opposed to a ’warming’ kind of way. As the beer warms some licorice & more clearly defined hop character surfaces. The beer also seems to mellow and balance out as it sits in the glass for a bit. Less burnt character/more dark chocolate & cocoa.
The longer this sits in the glass the more I like it, a very enjoyable beer even if it gives a bad first impression.
smboselli (88) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yep, definitely dark. Dark brown head has a toasty smell. Roasted malts dominate, and I like that I can taste the alcohol a little bit and feel some carbonation. Good aftertaste
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heemer77 (5075) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Perfectly black body with a light brown colored head. The nose has some rich mushrooms and tobacco. There is also some almond. The body on this is thick and lightly carbonated. This tastes of pancakes and sweetened coffee. There is also some light roast and amaretto in the finish. A decent impy stout that is not cloying.
Tejas (844) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
i’ve had plenty upon plenty of RIS beers over the years and after awhile they all look the same coming out of the bottle but even so, i was surprised at how black this one looked and w/ a huge toffee colored head to boot. really a great tasting beer that i particularily like b/c it’s only 8% and not some monster at 10+. good beer from the palmetto state.