PhillyBeer2112 (2600) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours v dark brown-black, brown head. Aroma is campfire smoke and chocolate liqueur. Flavor similar with a tannic astringency and some lingering alcoholic heat.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black (almost opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate, roasted grain, coffee, cookie), with notes of vanilla, blackberry, hints of teaberry/wintergreen and smoke.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Well, there’s not much smoke in my sample, but that’s ok because it still smells lovely. The malt is clean and rich, and really the only thing that keeps this from being 4+ for me is the sweetness...it needs more bitterness to balance. It isn’t syrupy/sticky, though, so it’s still remarkably easy to quaff the whole bottle before you know it’s gone (the 9.4% is almost undetectable in the nose or mouth). A great stout, but pretty expensive here in the states (~$11 for 500mL).
Nocturne (1040) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Black with a finger of mocha head. Nice aroma with the smoked character standing out. Plenty of liquorice and roast, with a fruity blackberry sharpness helping things along. Finishes a little sweet and fairly creamy. I assumed a big, smoked imperial stout like this would be a real lion, but it turned out to be more of a lamb. It’s actually quite soft and gentle. But don’t let that put you off: this is well worth seeking out even if you’d prefer a beast.
annunz123 (912) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is dominated by smoke. Flavor is sweet, but with more smoke, bordering on overwhelming. Alcohol and smoke in the aftertaste. Definitely different, but not my cup of tea.
robertjm (785) - Albany, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
five finger dark tan head. Can hear the bubbles collapsing which doesn’t usually happen with beer. Dark brown body. Smokey aroma reminds me of smoked dry herring. Very clearly smokey flavor, including the aftertaste. Not picking up the warming they talk about. Average body mouth feel. In a blind taste I might think this is a rachbier rather than an imperial stout.
reggiedunlop (3402) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a medium tan head...creamy looking...good lacing. Aroma has nice smokiness and roastiness.. flavor is roasty, smoky chocolate...gets smokier as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium/full...creamy with a roasty smoky finish.
alalvarez75 (57) - New York, USA - MAY 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured thick and dark, one finger of head that lasts a while, clings to the sides of the glass. Smell is smoked malt, hint of chocolate. Taste is roasted chocolate and smoke. Pretty great brew, especially if you like smoked beers. Not too much if you don't. I'll get another to lay down.
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BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in my NB Worthy glass: Pours a very deep brown hue with a mostly lasting head and spotty lace, some oily legs. The aroma is earthy and shows moderate use of smoked malts, some chocolate, roast and black malts along with black pepper, a liquorice dark fruit and tobacco like esters. The taste is actually nicely balance, not too heavy on the smoke and you can indeed taste the imperial stout character of sweet and charred malts, a bit woody and even a touch of espresso like bitterness. The mouth feel is lush and oily, medium to heavy bodied. The alcohol is somewhat hidden leading to an as expected ashy finish. I really like this and would buy more. Recommended.
bunget (606) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Pitch black smoked imperial stout, pours slowly, with an oily feeling.
Head is medium for a stout, with decent retention, and it’s a very nice chocolate brown color.
A dessert aroma: chocolate, coffee, smoke, prunes, a touch of hops, quite medicinal.
Taste is aggressive, roasted malt, coffee, wood charcoal, smoke, brown sugar and a strong hop aftertaste.
Great representative of its class.
Sask89 (421) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a creamy mocha head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of chocolate and toasted grains with a slight smokey undertone. Taste is rich and sweet with a little dryness throughout and some smokiness in the finish, but not really overpowering. Creamy on the palate, full bodied and soft carbonation. Overall an excellent beer and pretty good imperial stout.