jgb9348 (4709) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch, pitch black coloured body with a deep thick brown head, about three centimetres tall. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, tons of fruits, prunes, plums, coffee and quite a bit of star anise. Full-bodied; Strong roasty flavour with a bunch of meaty flavours, soy sauce, a bit of earth and caramel and a bit of nutty tastes. Aftertaste shows quite a bit of alcohol, roasted malt, coffee, prunes, raisins and pitted fruits. Overall, a nice, fairly complex and pungent imperial stout - complete with a great body and a nice finish. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 11-March-2012 for US$10.55 sampled at home on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 19-January-2013.
DialSquare (2619) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from letspour.com. Near black pour with a good sized tan head with soapy stick. Aroma is coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes are same with roasty grains, dark fruit, milky, mocha, smoke. Big dry bitter finish. Ok.
blipp (6044) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted malts, light chocolate and grainy notes, with some bitter coffee notes in the finish. Nice enough.
Iphonephan (3187) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma with roasted malts and chocolate. Flavors of roasted grains, coffee and some raisins. Quite bitter for an imperial stout.
GT2 (8372) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
651mL black wax. Inky pour generates a larger, mocha head. Dense with good retention. Webby lacing. Nose starts with green olive and salt, moving to spiced vanilla chai latte. Some fumey alcohol and still a lot of green olive. Taste is very dry, ashy, bitter, a bit gritty without any thick palate to balance. Overall acrid and burnt tasting with some severe cardboard and sawdust in the finish.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Paul’s for the Blind Stout tasting. Pours a deep black with a thin to medium sized tanned head. Roast and cocoa on the nose, chocolate and a bit of booze. Chocolate, roast, cocoa. Medium bodied with a bit of astringency. Long roast and cocoa.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: RR Imperial Stout
Date: November 30, 2012
Appearance: black, scant tan head, streaks of lace
Aroma: rich dark roasted aroma, dark chocolate
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of burnt malt, nice hop character, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
reebtogi (4151) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bomber pours a deep black color with a 2 finger creamy light brown head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is chocolate and roasted grains with hints of dark fruits. Taste is a chocolate malty and dark fruit sweetness with some roasted grain bitterness. Nicely balanced with a full body and moderate carbonation leaving the palate satisfied. Great stout.
Chalsk (1064) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On the first day of Christmas, the beer gods brought to me... a disappointing stout. Pours a black color with soapy caramel colored head. Aroma of caramel, licorice, and roast. Sweet roasty taste with a harsh second layer of super sweetness. I can’t figure it out. Is it vanilla extract gone wild. Maybe just the hop blend is off. I love hopped stouts. But this one isn’t working for me. Disjointed.
robforbes (2072) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours black with a tan head, and some lacing.
smell is of coffee, cocoa, some licorice, and a touch of vanilla.
taste is of sour malt, cocoa, and some coffee. ends sour and a little dry.