GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, 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 (8000) - 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 (10884) - 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 (4967) - 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 (1097) - 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 (2089) - 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.
kevinsenn (1563) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle kindly shared by toffsbury. Pours ink black with a thick brown head. Aroma is... wow - chocolate, coffee, some vanilla and bourbon - wow. Taste: rich, smooth, creamy, mocha taste, with some vanilla. Bitter finish. Thick and smooth on the tongue.
toffsbury (115) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intoxicating aroma. Chocolate coffee vanilla and bourbon and wonderful. Pours with a nice caramel head and perfectly black and opaque. Flavour is a mix of chocolate and espresso up front, with vanilla and creme brûlée undertones. Good gods. This makes me so happy. Very smooth, almost like a milk stout. Roasty coffee flavours linger on the tongue long after your sip is done. This beer is highly underrated.
boxofrane (2536) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bomber. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. The aroma Is mostly milk chocolate with a little coffee. The taste is medium bitter with a nice coffee and cocoa sweetness. Solid.
mbgrayson (638) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deliciously black, with a nice tan head. Rich aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is complex, yet smooth. Notes of carmel, licorice, and chocolate. An excellent Imperial Stout. Thumbs way up.