acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a creamy tan head; probably my favorite beer on looks alone. Somewhat light on aroma for the style; coffee and malt. Somehow sweet without a ton of chocolate in the flavor; molasses and coffee seem to be at the forefront.
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
CAN. Pours blackish-brown engine oil body. Slight chocolate aroma. Palate is great - taste is extremely well balanced, ery sweet and no alcohol in the flavor whatsoever.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can as image shows. Split with JRedmond. Pours like motor oil after about 10,000 miles of hard driving.. identical in both color and consistency. Nose is burnt roasted malt cocoa, sharpie pen, and Toasties. Taste is sweet with tons of malt. No indication of 9.4. Wondrous brew.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours black. sweet malt, toffee, roasted malt nose. flavor is much the same as the nose with some booziness.
BeerBaby (81) - , Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a can, gift from SpringsLIcker. Very little tan head which clears quickly leaving a lacing on the glass. Chocolate flavor with some bitterness... more bitterness than sweet. Alcohol taste very present with a bitter aftertaste. Not one of my favorite imperial stouts. To me, a bit unbalanced, but drinkable. Could be the beer was a bit past it’s prime. I would like to taste it on draft and in prime aging.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer poured blacker than Samuel L Jackson and developed a perfect fingers head. I couldnt see bubbles in the swampy liquid, but carbonation was satisfactory.
The flavors hit you in the mouth instantly, and leave you just as quick, very standard flavor profile for an RIS, roasted coffee, dark chocolate notes, with an odd aftertaste.
I’m not that impressed and this beer doesnt really live up to the hype.
evanrail (61) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a can courtesy of Fred Waltman at havebeerwilltravel.net. Even well-chilled, it has a powerful oily nose when poured, jet-black with a loose dark camel foam. In the mouth it is chocolate and chocolate-covered coffee beans, roasted malt and fresh dark rye bread. Very well-incorporated alcohol for 9.4%. Impressive.
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s shocking to see such a dark liquid to come from a can. Nearly no head. And what is there dies to ring of bubbles on the edge. Virtually spotless lace. Near black, no lace.
Mild black patent malt aromas. Not as potent as I expected.
The flavor is an improvement on the smell. Oily body of a high-alcohol beer. Black patent malt flavors with notes of cherry and strawberry. Some hoppiness is present. Overall, this is a syrupy and malty beer where the bitterness comes from the burnt grains.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz can from By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA. I had been looking forward to trying this one for a very long time and it was well worth the wait! Poured out black as the night with a thick oatmeal brown head that lasted for ages. Aroma is full of caramel malts, chocolate, coffee and the flavor is much the same, just malty and extremely delicious. Goes down smooth as silk as well. Amazing beer.
AskForJenny (1066) - Ontario, New York, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can - Poured a viscous, oily black, very little carbonation, small head. Roasted marshmallow nose. Good flavor, but truly lacking the layers of a Stone IRS. The can was a change.