SanfordBrewer (1344) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
opaque black with a creamy tan head, oily full body with medium-high carbonation.
aroma: astringent black roasted barley, burnt sugars, caramel sweetness, dry hay, cocoa powder, herbal hops, and very mild yeast phenols.
taste: dark chocolate, burnt sugar, black roasted barley, herbal hop bitterness, and a hint of silage. great flavors, and very clean.
NachlamSie (2346) - Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle from Ale Yea! This is a very good looking beer. It’s near black with a thick tan head that never goes away. I’m skeptical of anything that comes out of the Thomas Creek Brewery, but every so often some really good beers come out of that facility. This one is tremendous. I wasn’t particularly awestruck by the aroma which is nutty, fairly roasty and earthy with metallic tones. But the flavor is tremendous. This is an ashier, almost smokier imperial stout, but there is a milky sweetness for some balance. Hints at espresso, dark chocolate, tobacco, and even some residual hop bite come out. The finish is delightfully smoky like a cigar, not like actual smoke or barbecue. This beer caught me off guard. I wasn’t expecting it to be so good!
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - APR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really good imperial stout. Chocolatey and a bit smokey. Not bad will drink again.
bhensonb (9007) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. Pours black with a foamy dark tan head that bubbles quickly away. A burnt malt aroma that sort of suggests tobacco. Not necessarily sweet tobacco either. Very smooth. Med body. Flavor is sweet chocolate, anise, dark fruit, and some seriously burnt malt. Oscillates from sweet stout to really strong impy. Mostly impy tho. There’s a lot of flavor in this one. Very, very nice.
rollinsr (249) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - APR 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with some nice frothy tan head. Aroma is a bit of coffee with some milky chocolate notes and some roasted/burnt malt. Head is there to stay. Taste is initially slightly tart. Tartness is there throughout but is accompanied by some rich roasted malt. Slight sour funk (not exactly "funk" so much as a clash of flavors) at the end but still a nice beer.
dphoxie (58) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
picked up a 4 pack at the Harris Teeter for 6 bucks. at 8% i think i reverted to college booze for the buck mentality. but i digress. poured into a Duck Rabbit pint: pours black, as it should. The head was a little aggressive mocha tan. Took a sniff, first thought was eww metallic, followed by - yup, coffee roast. Taste carries alot of the coffee flavors. personally this is a turnoff. I dont like black coffee. I tend to prefer BA stouts - i see it as cream in my coffee. That being said other than the heavy coffee, its remarkably average. But at a dollar fifty a bottle, its too easy on the budget to completely dismiss.
MarinaMarket (196) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tart fruit, coffee, roasted malts on the nose. Pours very dark with a wonderful tan head, nice legs. Wicked IBUs and I bet this is going to age well because of it. Bitter, roasted, coffee, chocolate flavors. Sticky, sticky, sticky, and pleasantly so. Tasted from the bottle @ 60F.
msante79 (2127) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Beverage World. Pours very dark brown with dark tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, cocoa, licorice, and some roast. Flavors of roasted malts, cocoa, dark fruits, and some coffee notes as well. Nice body and decent carbonation. Decent RIS.
beernovice39 (2779) - Montana, USA - MAR 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a jet black with a brown head. Scent is sweet roasted malts with coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Nice
emacgee (3445) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by turdferguson. Pours inky black with one finger of chestnut brown head. Nose is rich and chocolaty with a very nice sweet coffee roast with notes of brown sugar and molasses. Flavor shows unsweetened chocolate and bitter coffee grounds with some blackstrap molasses. Full bodied with a low carbonation.