ChetLemmons (87) - orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
*first rated beer of 2009!
looked like a can of oil, pouring into my glass. was not very carbonated, which led to a very thin chocolate milk looking head. looked great, but more like a desert. very dark chocolate aroma, with very subtle hints of malt. was not as smooth as i would have prefered and was pretty thick. would be better poured over vanilla ice cream, and you could catch a buzz while you drank it! over all it was just a little too intense for me. i enjoyed it, but luckily enough i only bought one.
pjweaver (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can, Blind Tasting.
Oily surface, with a dark midnight color. Smokey porter aroma, coffee, chocolate, toasty malt, bitter. Bitter with a boozy red fruit syrup background to toasty chocolate and cocoa. Bitter aftertaste with burnt dark chocolate. Oily foamy palate. Great on tap as well, though I can’t find the tap rating...grr.
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a jet black color with a rather large espresso brown head. Not as much nose as many other imp stouts that i have had. This one is smoother and not as rough as I was expecting. Bitter chocolate notes with some earthiness toward the end. There is a creaminess in the middle that really sticks out in this one and finishes with some mild coffee flavors and finally ends with a medium dose of bitterness at the end
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 (4738) - 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 (645) - Houston, Texas, USA - 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.