obguthr (5585) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is coffee, prunes, and soy sauce. Black with a medium beige head. Espresso flavor with a somewhat unpleasant malt bitterness. Finishes with a neat soy sauce and coffee combo.
Drake (11605) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber shared by HopTsing and tia at the 18th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering. Pours a pitch black color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, nuts and sweet malts. The taste is sweet and roasted malts, bitter hops and a milky note. Medium bodied, smooth.
tia (1681) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ 18th RG. Very dark with mocha head. Roasted aroma plus a chocolatiness and a bourbon quality. Tastes nice and bitter and toasty. Nice bitter finish.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pitch black with a two finger beige head that very slowly fades into a lasting ring. Large streaks of lacing left behind.
Roasted malt aroma with some sweetness, lactic sugar and earthy hops for balance. Hints of coffee bean, dark chocolate, toast and oatmeal followed by some licorice and floral, piney hops.
Slightly chewy body with a very strong roast character that lingers throughout into a bone dry finish. Dry and bitter with hints of dark chocolate, burnt toast, stale coffee bean and oatmeal. Very dry and roasty making it kind of acrid and one dimensional. Could use some sweetness. Finishes with a strong hop character that provides more bitterness. This compliments the dry roast but doesn’t really balance things out or counter the malt much. ABV is decently masked but it’s a bit harsh and tough to drink. Not bad but is it desperate need of some sweetness for balance.
brokensail (15756) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The pour is black in color with a short lived off-white head. Roasted malt is the main aroma to this. Some coffee and a hint of chocolate. Lots of char to it as well. There is some licorice to the flavor along with lots of char and roast character. Maybe some molasses. Not a big fan of this one.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Black, thin sudsy brownish head, spotty lacing.   Chalky roasty nose, dark chocolate, slight coffee, assertive hops.   Strong roastiness, super dark chocolate, moderate bitterness, with graham cracker bringingup the rear.   Big and solid.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   This is a very warming Imperial Stout.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   I have had this one for almost a year, and its still got a huge amount of leg.   Bitter, roasty, with lots of chocolate and alcohol.   Solid Imperial Stout, but nothing out of the ordinary.   A little dry and chalky on the finish.
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oily black with big tan head. Burnt, coffee, perhaps some licorice. A slight oxidized note and some raw malt. A little more bitter than chocolate than I would like to see. The bitterness hangs a bit in the mouth.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at our Cellar Dip party... Oily black pour with a thick, light khaki head. Toasted malts and sweetness. Some floral hops for balance. Ashy-like, roasted coffee, molasses, figs, licorice, and a creme-brulee like sweetness mixed with dark chocolates.
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, creamy brown head with excellent lacing and retention, one of those beers that has head all the way to the last sip, but not in an annoying way.. Aroma of molasses, some anise, earthy bitterness. Taste has lots of earthy, hoppy bitterness and some cocoa/dark chocolate bitterness. There is a little bit of alcohol noticeable. Nice creamy texture. At first, this beer was too cold and the flavor/aroma was harder to find, but once it warms up, this beer is excellent and I would love to try it again aged a year or two.
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Despite nearly cutting my hand off getting through the wax seal, I really liked this. Pitch black with a fluffy tan head. The nose shows some chocolate cherry and tobacco. Rich, full bodied thick stout. This shows a roasted espresso flavor and some brooding qualities. Dry finish.