scantron (63) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
April 6, 2012: 9.4% abv; 500mL bottle, cellared, BBD: 26/09/2014; rock glass.
Aromas of dark chocolate,leather, booze and some sweet notes of dark fruit. This just makes me thirsty. Pours black. Deep tan head about 1/2". Pretty viscous looking stuff. Initial tastes of espresso, smoke and a very smokey jerky. As it warms, there is very evident dark chocolate and light fruitiness, as well as a mild herbal aftertaste. Silky and full bodied with a very light carbonation. This is some nice stuff. Overall, pretty delicious. This is my second go-around with this beer and it is still a bit too smokey for my taste. Though honestly, it’s a smoked stout. The light dark fruit tastes are great, though.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 8, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a solid black with a coffee color head. Aroma is nice and smokey without being super BBQ. Taste is surprisingly thin. The smoke is their but to me, this is not an imperial stout by any stretch. Enjoyable but does not taste of 9.4% for sure.
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brownish black with a sudsy, fast fading tan cola-like head. Nose shows some light smoke, leather, smoked ham, roast, light cocoa. Flavor is campfire, roast, cowhide, cocoa, coffee-like bitterness. A tad boozy and sticky. Kind of teetering the line between an imperial stout and smoked beer.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a near black body with a fading tan head. Aromas are smokey, bacon, maple, medium sweetness, licorice, green apple (acetaldehyde), bready, cinnamon. Flavors are sweet, smokey, bitter, bacon, slightly green, light chocolate notes. Medium yeast character. Somewhat too lively carbonation for my tastes in a beer this size. Big creamy mouthfeel with a long duration.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Bman. Rating #194. Thick black with a tan head. Hard to describe the aroma, kind of spicy and a little smokey at the same time. Nice flavor, light smoke and dark fruits. (2287)
DocLock (9239) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz bottle from Blue Dog. Pours Brazil nut shell black with 1-finger tan head. Nose is rauchy black patent malt, cacao, molasses. Tastes rich, hugely smoky, with mid-palate sweetness, molasses (blackstrap), figgy fruit, and blackberry notes. Palate is thick, rich, and smoky, and gets a bit hot late. I’m not sure, but I think this pops my Iceland cherry, and I am happy yet guilty about that, as I envisioned my Iceland cherry popping being in a hot spring with a blonde super model. Oh well. This one is not near the Aecht offerings, but is a damned fine beer in its own right.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Bitter almost peat flavored malty flavor with a lingering finish.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz bottle. Dark brown with a brief tan head. Nose is smoke, espresso and prune. Medium to full body with a tang and a buzz. Taste is licorice, molasses, ash and grape. Assertive but still accessible.
gbe75 (115) - ICELAND - MAR 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice Icelandic Imperial Stout. Complex flavor, smoky and burnt. Needs patience in tasting. Good head. Someone thinks of motor oil by drinking this beer.
rhialistic (156) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Rotary Pub. Black with a foamy tan head. Rich scent of hickory smoke, sweet BBQ sauce, charcoal, molasses. Taste of hickory smoke, brown sugar, smoked sausage. Full mouth feel, and nice slightly sour finish.