sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Motor oil pour without much of a head. Aroma of bitter malts and day old coffee. First taste is abrasive with strong malt bitterness but it smoothes out as you work through the drink. Pretty good stout.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pours a thick black with a small ruby tan head. Definitely looks like pouring a can of oil. Just a slight roasted malt some roasted coffee tone to the nose. Roasted coffee, and barley, some good chocolate. There is also some sweet component in there I cannot place, maybe the malted-milk balls. Some hidden hop bitterness hidden in there too. Mouth is very smooth, warming alcohol too. Really good IS, definitely will grown on you.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft and can. Pours a black body with a brown head. Big malty chocolate, toffee, caramel, and oats. An underlying hop bitterness but not cloying. Strong roasty finish good stuff.
Cybercat (4162) - Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, opaque sable with minimal, fine-bubbled tan head. Rich, mocha-like aroma is just a bit sweet and a little smoky, and very appetizing. Superb coffee and chocolate flavor is mouth-filling and delicious, smoky and lively. Texture is thick and tingly so it satisfies on the way down the pipes.
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours to the blackest color I’ve ever seen from an Imperial Stout. Deep tan/Brown head that’s a solid two fingers. Smells of cocoa, malted milk balls and a touch of honey.
Not terribly thick on the palate. Really opens up with more bubbles. The taste is, as expected, of chocolate and malt. There is a lingering sweetness that mixes nicely with the good deal of booze in this one. On the finish the hops finally come out. Thank god.
Impressive beer, and the freshness and portability makes you wish more people would embrace the can.
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like motor oil with a small light brown head with good lacing. It has a roasted aroma with notes of coffee and bitter dark chocolate. The flavor is of coffee, dark chocolate and oak with a boozy overtone. The overall flavor is slightly sweet with a bitter finish. The texture is creamy. I love this beer, its one hell of a stout.
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 Can. Pours jet black, with a very small, dark brown head. Aroma is slightly sweet roasty malt, with coffee, earthiness, and black cherries. Flavor is chocolate, espresso, oats, slight malt sweetness, black cherries, and a tannic note reminiscent of red wine, that increases in the finish. Very smooth on the whole, both in the velvety mouthfeel, and in the blending of all the big-but-not-rough flavors. Alcohol barely noticeable. Excellent oatmeal-stout-style imperial stout.
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Completely black pour into a snifter produced very little head. However, the foam that appeared was scarcely lighter than the beer! Chocolate/coffee dominates both nose and mouth. Very thick on the palate initially, but is not cloying at all. Probably a perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness. I would never have purchased this had it not come recommended by fellow beer drinkers I trust.
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
All I can say is that if youre a fan of stouts like I am .GET THIS BEER. I have had some brews from Oskar Blues before but this one is the crem dela crim.Chocolate roasted malts exceptional mouthfeel over the top flavor its all here. Pours a thick oil black without the soy sauce mouth feel. Jumps to a finger to a finger and half chocolate beautiful head.Hmm all I can say is I want this to be a staple in my fridge for sure! Well I guess you can tell i like this offering.SOLID STOUT ALL THE WAY..
msante79 (2216) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2010 12oz can. Thanks to Nbutler11 for this brew. Pours black with thick and dense dark tan head. Aroma is strong with roasted malts and chocolate, caramel, oats and bit of coffee. Flavor is of roasted malt, oats, chocolate, caramel and finishes bitter with coffee. Nice thick mouthfeel. Finishes bitter but flavor is balanced. Nice big stout.
Re-Rate: Another 12oz can from Nbutler11 that has been in cellar for over a year. Pours as good as RIS I have had yet. Pitch black with dark tan clayish colored head. Head looks like a milk shake. Nice lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and some oat. Flavor has nice balance of roasted malts and chocolate with some oats, coffee, and bitter hops rounding it out. Finishes dry and a little bitter from hops. Has little bit of burn in the finish as well. Has a wonderful balance to it for such a big beer. Enjoyable on a cold winter night. 4