joeneugs (4220) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. It pours a very dark brown/black color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is very nice with some mocha frapaccino, hints of vanilla, fudge and butterscotch. The flavor has lots of coffee and chocolate with some caramel blended through the finish. It’s really smooth on the palate. Very roasty with good balance. Great beer. I love when I get blindsided by an under-the-radar brew!
doublebock (527) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with foamy tan head. Big aroma of chocolate and Jaegermeister. Rich smoky palate with flavors of dark fruit, tobacco, molasses, cola, chocolate syrup and toasted malt.
PhillyCraft (3971) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Stash split with him and Joe during birds game, pours pitch black, with coffee colored large head. Aromas and taste of bitter grains, hops, smoked malts, chocolate, raisins, figs, and some other dark fruits. Palate is really smooth, like insanely smooth, lots of sugars and roast in the finish
BeerandBlues2 (10785) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and coffee malt, prunes, plums, and raisins, earthy hops and light alcohol notes. Flavor is malt dominant with dark fruity esters, chocolate, light hops and bitterness and a semi-dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
sonnycheeba (4251) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with thick, frothy tan head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma is roast and caramel malts, dark chocolate, figs, plums, earthy hops, and light vanilla. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate, roast malt, some hops, and dark fruit esters; light vanilla with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
drpimento (2483) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured this aggressively at a good temperature with a smallish, light brown head that soon mostly settled and no lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is a little mild and has cocoa, roast, malt, dark ripe fruit, leather. Flavor’s like nose, sharply bitter, carbonic tang after that, then a bit of sweet. Body might be better but bitterness is a little unpleasant, carbonation accents the bitter. Finish is like flavor and again the bitterness is long lastiing. I’ll finish this bomber and that’s it.
mages64 (45) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Seriously one of my favorite stouts. Super rich and chocolatey and rivals any non-barrel aged limited release stout from around the country. The balance and smoothness as opposed to a DL like syrupiness is what draws me back to this beer time and time again. Work of art.
kathouse (1261) - Nevada, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured opaque. The brown foam took a moment to build, then dissipated to just bubbles at the edge of the glass. Nose of chocolate with some cereal grains. Good thick body. More bittersweet chocolate and burnt wood dominate the flavor. Finish is dry with an ashy feel.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2012
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle with Carla from Belmont Station. Pours an almost opaque dark brown (almost black with minimal tan foam. When cold, smells like cough syrup. When warm, smells extremely roasty with hints of alcohol. When cold, tastes like burnt cough syrup. When warm tastes like coffee grounds and bittering hops with no hop flavor. I normally enjoy imperial stouts, but this was terrible.
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
There’s enough wax here to make the bottle hard to open, but that’s just going to preserve this pretty much forever in your basement. Pours thick and dark and pretty, slick and oily. Easily a definitive imperial stout. This will set the bar high for me for a while.