crosamich (431) - 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 (4153) - 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 (2397) - 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.
Travlr (12470) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Almost completely black, small brown head, solid lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate with dark fruits, very nice. Taste is lightly spiced cocoa and spiked coffee, boozy finish. Tasty stuff.
superspak (2712) - Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 waxed ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle date but it is not going matter. Pours thick black color with a nice 1 finger dense tan head with great retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Some decent lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big toasted malt, chocolate, caramel, molasses, spicy hops, and bitter coffee. Some nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, light charcoal, and a bit of spicy hops. Fair amount of coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, charcoal, and caramel on the finish for a while. Great balance of flavors. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a nice creamy, slick, and fairly thick mouthfeel that goes down fairly easily. Pretty easy to drink, but it is still a sipper. Overall this is an outstanding imperial stout, and one of the more roasty ones I have had. Fantastic stuff here, glad I picked this up randomly in MD.
Caskalefan (149) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This one really surprised me. Huge syrupy and creamy body, tons of rum, nuts, coffee, chocolate truffle caramel, raisin, graham cracker, grapefruit, tangerine, and char.
It starts out very sweet and choclatey, segues into a rum raisiny middle, and finishes with assertively resinous hops. Very balanced and intense. Finesse is somewhat lacking, otherwise this stout might be in my all time top three or four, but for the sheer immensity of it (it’s even bigger than The Abyss, and similar in that respect to Bell’s Expedition), it gets mega-points.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black wax dipped bomber. Black at arm’s length, closer inspection reveals that the body is an extremely dark chocolate brown shade. Translucent at the furthest edges, the body props up a short, frothy, bubbly head of khaki-mocha foam. A dense wash across the glass leaves trailing sugar spots of lace behind. Aromas are predictably rich and chocolaty, showing both bittersweet dark and lactic milk varieties. Deeper lactic sugars suggest of condensed milk and caramel, the sweetness of which is countered a bit by sharp anise, barley roast, and mildly piny hops. Flavors mirror the nose fairly well. Things start out quite milky and chocolaty up front, showing loads of scorched caramel and lactose, before transitioning towards bitter roast, biting pine hops, and a licorice-like anise finish that goes on for ages. The aftertaste is a bit ashy, though the texture does not match. The palate is substantial in body, lightly carbonated, and fairly smooth, save for some booze burn on the back end. The alcohol drys out the finish, preventing the hefty sugars from becoming overly cloying for an imperial stout. All in all, it’s not a bad example of a hoppy RIS. Still, it’s a bit much for me these days, and there are elements that are out of balance and intense. Decent in a pinch.
IrishBoy (3859) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from 5000! Nose is heavy chocolate, roasty coffee, , molasses, and even a note of smoke in the background. Black with a big, heavy lacing, cinnamon tan head. Flavor is coffee, smoke, choclate, coffee, and light bitterness. Finish is a bitter smokiness.
thirdeye11 (5610) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) near black with soapy tan bubbles. Nose of rich chocolate, cream, fudge, and graham cracker. Taste of dark chocolate, ash, coffee grounds, creamy/oily body with huge flavor.