KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Pour was a deep dark black with an average sized (1-2 finger) medium brown creamy head and had fair lacing.
The aroma was of burnt bread malts, a mild resin hop and a leathery yeast with notes of bitter-sweet chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee and had a pronounced alcohol presence.
Taste was malty sweet and very lightly bitter with a mild notes of chocolate and molasses at first with a nice bitter strong coffee flavor, a hint of smoke and a strong alcohol finish. The flavor hung around for a long duration with the taste of coffee and alcohol left to settle on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was very full in body and dry yet creamy in texture with a soft carbonation.
Overall a nice and strong flavored Imperial Stout with the coffee and chocolate flavors blending very well with the high alcohol finish.
ordybill (596) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Big roasted coffee bean aroma
Appearance- Looks like used motor oil, has a small brown head
Taste- Not good to me, acidic with no back end flavor, sort of empty after the initial tasting (this occurred on each sip)
Palate- A full bodied beer with mild carbonation, has a dry bitter finish.
Overall- I did not care for this beer at all. RIS’s are not my favorite style of beer but I do enjoy several; this ain’t one of them.
chucklemation (733) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is lots of chocolate and some roast. Flavor is some chocolate and roast, with a bitter finish that is almost sour. A bit thin, a bit odd, and just ok.
jake65 (2881) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: A very dark brown, near black pour with a creamy brown head. Great aroma of roast, espresso, light smoke, and molasses. Sweet, yet roasty, and inviting. The flavors parallel the aroma, sweet and roasty. Just the right amount of ash to go with the sweeter notes, espresso, and some bittersweet pieces. A little tin on the body, but overall I’m digging this. 9/4/8/3/16 = 4.0
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old rating. Black pour with tan head. Big char, chocolate, anise, some dark fruit. Long bitter finish. Just okay for imperial.
nathan30533 (891) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a good stout. Enjoyable taste and great looking on tap. Enjoy my friends.
jbruner (2916) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask with vanilla beans and cocoa nibs sampled at ACAT 2015. Pours a deep black with tan brown head. Aroma of mostly chocolate and vanilla, just a hint of roast. Taste follows with a bit better balance, alcohol well hidden, a little thin though. Decent.
mansquito (4056) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Winter Beer Fest, Philadelphia: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is mostly chocolate, not very much coffee, roasted malt. This is a rather light Imperial Stout. this is not anything all that impressive either. Mostly chocolate. It is lightly sweet. It ain’t very bitter. Meh.
superspak (3327) - Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, dark bread, light raisin, smoke, light char, herbal, light pine, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of deep roast/black malt and light-moderate hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, dark bread, light raisin, smoke, light char, herbal, light pine, and roast/smokey earthiness. Fair amount of earthy hop/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, dark bread, molasses, smoke, light char, and roast/smoke earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of deep roast/black malt and light-moderate hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and moderately chalky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial stout. All around good complexity and balance of deep roast/black malts and light-moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
AWISLguy (1695) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from ck1, thx bro! Black pour with brown head. Aroma has chocolate, dark fruits, and later some anise. Taste is dark chocolate, black licorice and a bit of roast. Some caramelly malts. Medium to full body did with some alcohol. Finish is of bittersweet chocolate; slightly more bitter than sweet with some strength. Initially there was grape presence which was not attractive but down through the glass became very solid and representative 14.4.
cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black with very little head. Roasty, chalky fusel notes on the aroma. Charcoal and a bit of chocolate with considerable bitterness and a definite alcohol note on the end. Creamy mouthfeel.