barleycorn1 (10) - Catonsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Popped a can of this open and it splooged all over my jiffy lube uniform. What’s another black stain anyway? Poured in to tulip glass. teakwood head....looks like oil, but hey it’s a stout...malty...chocco...beans...hidden beneath is a behemouth alcoholic grizzly bear ready to shred open your tent and feast...this beer is a man eater...
swoopjones (4940) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can with Chuck from TJ Sheehan’s. Dark oil like pour with nice khaki head. Aroma full of roated malts, coffee & chocolate. Slight burn along with coffe & bittersweet choclate. Very nice beer & looking for more
faroeviking (10299) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can @ Ølbaren. Pours a very nice pitch black colour with a dark brown long lasting creamy head. Roasty sweet chocolate and coffee aroma. Great mouthfeel. The flavour has a nice roasty maltiness, dark chocolate, some dark fruits, coffee and a bit of alcohol. Lovely roasty chocolate finish. "This dog’ll hunt"...ya it sure does.
Naka (693) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared w/ exec board courtesy of foureyedgeek. Black with a really dark brown head. Looks like a Hershey bar on top of the beer. Strong roasted nose. Bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and a touch of cinnamon. Dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, some coffee and burning flavor. Definitely beyond Arabica roast. Mouthfeel like used motor oil.
Funknmilla (668) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2010 12 oz can....pours black with a dark brown sugar head....dark roasted malt singed to perfection....coffee and chocolate permeate the senses...lacing sticks to the receptacle in an animal print design (leopard-like)....creamy full body...dark chocolate...dark cocoa, bitter flavors as I taste a shot of espresso....a silkiness to this creation I like it a lot...:)))).......Its even creamier in 2010!!
NJDevilz69 (28) - Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like used engine oil, thick, & black. Very slight tan head didnt last long. Aroma is of faint burnt coffee & chocolate. The flavor is rich, big and lucious. Alcohol is high but isnt overwhelming present in the taste. Huge mouth feel, nice viscosity. Really nice Imp. Stout. Not the best by any stretch.
sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a tiny head, dark choco brown, short lived retention and just a tad of spotty lace left behind. Pitch black body. Nose is lightly dusty, chocolatey and roasty, nice coffee aromas as well as some dark berry notes. Body is full with a silky palate, lightly chalky and burnt. Plenty of chocolate, roast and strong coffe notes, earthy light woody notes. Finish is roast a rama, choco laden and yummmaay. Great packaging as well. Props to Robert @stateline for gettin this one in.
Sammy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beer shared with Dave Blanchard at the Brick House Pub. On-tap aged for a year firken. Good mouthfeel and much lace and dark het black. Rich coffee and chocolate. Half worth the trip to Atlanta.
FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First Canned Batch; Sampled February 2008
Pours with a very tightly beaded, creamy, darkly browned, tan colored head that starts out about a finger in height. The beer is black and no amount of holding up to the light makes it anything but opaque. The aroma is dominated by roast grain notes from the get go; aromas of dark chocolate, smooth espresso, concentrated chocolate malt ball candies, sweet malted grain. When you go in for a really deep sniff of the nose, the sweeter dark grain notes yield to a dry, amply toasted, browned bread crust notes and a blackened biscuit character. Touches of roasted, tart cherries provide a nice fruity character here, though at times it is overwhelmed by the more dominant, yet overall quite smooth, roast character. Quite a nice aroma, this Imperial Stout has escaped the harsher, roasted grain notes and hot booziness that any others have.
Thick, rich, chewy, this is really a meal in a sip. This viscous brew coats the mouth enough that it provides nourishment even after the beer has passed down my throat. Dark, sweet malt notes coat the mouth for at least a minute after my first sip, after which, sharp, roasted grain notes reminiscent of a dark, but well roasted, gourmet coffee take hold and provide a bit of a drying effect. The texture of this brew is quite nice, it starts out a little light, but quickly picks up a rich, creamy texture and a velvet-like feeling that coats the mouth. Sweet grain character provides an interesting dark cherry and bright berry note here that is offset by a nicely roasted dark chocolate note, a touch of chalky blackened grain, some light espresso acidity and a woody charcoal note. An appropriate carbonation struggles to be noticed through the viscous body of this brew. The hop character is fairly mellow, except for a biting bitterness that just cuts through the thick body of this brew, but is noticeable from start to finish.
As the beer warms up I get a touch of that vegetal note (more in the aroma than anything) that I had noticed the first time I had this brew. It is not nearly as noticeable or distracting as it was the first go round though. The alcohol becomes a bit more noticeable as does the sharper roast & perhaps the acidity notes, though not overly so. This still remains a nicely rounded example of an Imperial Stout.
I would definitely recommend this beer to be sampled around 50°F / 10°C as this allows the roast to be well mellowed & integrated; as it warms up towards 60°F / 15°C it becomes a touch more harsh, though still quite tasty. While this brew is has an amped up roast character, it never becomes overwhelming; the sweet malt base is able to hold it in check and allows the mellower dark malt notes of chocolate, roast fruit and woody coffee notes to come through quite well. This is much more engaging and interesting than my first experience with this brew. A really nice sipping brew and a perfect way to end the night.
handbottle sampled February 2007
Score: 3.4 7/4/7/4/12
Pours a pitch black color, it forms a sparse head, but I poured it very carefully cause I wanted to keep the carbonation. The aroma has notes of espresso that are most noticeable but there is also a nice underlying rum character and fruit notes. A nice sweet cherry note is here and couples with a vanilla note and a woody note that adds a nice complex background to the beer. In the end though this beer is dominated by the roast character, though it is not overly roasted. There is a definite burnt acidity in the finish and a nice toasted malt character that melds quite nicely with a rich maltiness. There is also a light green apple note that becomes noticeable after a bit in the aroma.
This beer is quite rich tasting. It is lightly carbonated but that can’t reduce the richness of and mouthfeel of this brew. The flavor has a lot more roast character than the aroma would have suggested. Ample roast espresso character is evident here with lots of burnt acidity, and charred grain character. The fruitiness is still quite evident in the flavor, though it took a bit of time to uncover the notes underneath the roast character. Notes of cherries mix with apple, a touch of brandy and a tart-fruit note that reminds me of plums. The palate of this beer is quite rich and satiating. A rich, dark chocolate note accentuates and is accentuated by a rich dark maltiness.
This is a nice sipping brew, but it seems to be missing a bit of depth, or actually roundness. The roast character seems to be a touch too much here for the rest of the notes to balance out. A real nice mix of flavors are here though, they just aren’t quite in balance enough to make this a phenomenal beer.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ The Brick Store. Great looking beer in the glass. Thick motor oil pour with tan head. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee dominant. Great beer.