Crockett (1089) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2015 Pours deep brown/black. Little tan head, dissipating to a mm oil slick. Nose of Leather, rum, chocolate, figs, and cherry skins. Nice mouthfeel, needs some aging to bring down some carbonation. Dry and salty. With a similar finish. I really don’t get a whole lot of smoke off of this. Some sours fruit, a bit of cocoa and yeast flavours. It’s reasonably constructed but I don’t get a whole lot of depth. Certainly no sweetness. It’s obvious that I liked it, but it’s an imperial stout and I’ve tried others which didn’t mention smoke; and were smokier.
Re-rate 4 year old bottle. Carbonation settled a bit. Still very spritzy. Smoke has opened up. More into an even overall roasty quality. Loads more coffee flavour. A general mild burnt note with hop tart. I had originally coveted this bottle. The experiment was hit and miss. Still it’s a very good bottle of beer. 7/4/7.5/4/15
yiannnos (1254) - , CYPRUS - APR 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black colour. Slight smoky aroma. Slightly smoky, chocolate, and roasted malt flavour.
alex4r (82) - - APR 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had no expectations for this beer. Poured a nice blackish/dark brown. Initially brown head that faded and left small tracing on the edges of the sniffer glass. Smokey on the nose with a nice bit of sweetness and chocolate. Nothing too complex just subtle and pleasant. Medium to full bodied in the mouth, actually thicker than one one think. Nice bitterness to compliment the roasts sweetness. Not a overallly complex imperial stout but a pleasant surprise. Listen to Bjork and get your Iceland on.
Rasmus40 (17540) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and moderate smoked wood. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. Oily and smooth. 210412
ken1 (1759) - DENMARK - APR 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good beer. Roasted and smoky flavor with a nice bitterness. Black in color with a creamy head that fades a bit to quickly.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
rich dark brown, thin small-bubbled tan ring. Nose light smoke and fudge, considerable oxidation leaves little oat behind. Flavor is lightly smokey, chocolate fudge, more smoke through finish.
drjay44 (3410) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml. Bottle. Pours a thick, lasting mocha head, with minimal lacing, over a slightly hazy, black (SRM 40) body.....nose is light smoke, coffee, chocolate...taste is light smoke, hints of coffee, chocolate, hints of bacon, light sweetness throughout....mouth feel light of medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation high. This is an interesting variation on Imperial Stout. Unfortunately, it is low in complexity, with the smoke adding some unusual tones, but not covering the simple malt back bone or minimal hopping. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7
marcus (9148) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 16, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a very smoky chocolate and dark molasses flavor with lots of carbonation. Very tasty and the smoke is not overwhelming.
Niko100 (2677) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown/black color; Heavy slightly creamy body; Aroma of smoky toasted malt, caramel, chocolate, & licorice; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, coffee/espresso, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and licorice; Finish slightly bitter with some smoke; Nicely balanced & complex; Overall, very good - I enjoyed it.
bhensonb (14094) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma is smoke. Not bacon. Just aroma of wood smoke. Med body. Flavor begins sort of cola, then it’s pleasant wood smoke. Very mellow smokey finish.