corby112 (2214) - 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 (12908) - Orange County, 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 (6300) - 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 (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 (4189) - 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 (15641) - 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 (3331) - 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 (157) - 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.