Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAR 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What time is it? About 10:50. 12 oz can. Poured out a deep chocolate brown, with a huge mocha colored head. The head is thick, sticky, gooey. Left a decent lacing down the sides of the glass. Aromas are of chocolate brownies, cocoa powder, roasted malts, oak boards, earthy hops. Flavors are chocolate latte, cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans. Thick mouthfeel, rich and chewy. Finished somewhat dry & minerally.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque black with a half-inch head of tan. Enough foam to leave some rings and strings of lacework.
The nose is chock full of RIS goodness. Fudgy chocolate, espresso, cocoa nubs, and black forest cake batter.
A mild resinous hop note is also present.
The mouthfeel is big, chewy, and thick. Creamy and drying.
Dark chocolate, kona roast, charred malt, and fudge batter fill the bill on the pallet nicely.
A slightly green hop note is underlying and barely beats the warming alcohol as it finishes. The alcohol builds a bit, and stops short of being hot. Faintly numbing on the back of the tongue and throat though.
This must be the "year of the big, bad stout", as this monster will help testify.
My only gripe is the lame can. A beer as good as this should be in a wax-sealed 750, ready for a ten-year nap on itís side.
t4h2c0 (89) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ass my dead moms asshole! Strong chocolate and bready malty flavors. This beer is thick and chewy and goes down slow. The high IBU level gives a good hop presence throughout the beer. I almost like it better out of the can, it seem to have a smoother chocolate taste than off tap. Can better than tap, what the fuck? This is dank beer. It is a meal in a glass and good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!!
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours viscous black with thick mocha head- one of the best looking beers Iíve seen. Aroma of nutty yeast, roasted barley, coffee, dark chocolate, oak, oatmeal, and citrus hops. Flavor contains light roasted bitterness melded with deep, dark chocolate and coffee, oatmeal, and oak. Amazing. Palate is rich and creamy but loses a point for being slightly, and I mean slightly, sticky. Nearly a perfect beer.
BigMilly8 (384) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From can, thanks imadeadguy! : This thing pours dark as night and thicker then motor oil. Forms a half finger of brown head, that dissapates quickly. Leaves a dirty film on the glass. I love the aroma of this. Roasted malts and chocolate...those two dominate and it is truly wonderful. The taste is equally as great. It is roasty and chocolatey, with some coffee notes toward the end, and a small dose of alcohol. It is much more mellow then some of the other big Impy stouts, and for that i love it. Big thick mouthfeel, and a creamy smooth feel going down. A chocolate aftertaste. This is a real treat here.
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow what an amazing imperial stout this is. The color is extreamly black with a thin tan head, you can see your reflection on the sides of the glass. Thats how black it is. The nose is a rich mocha chocolate and coffee bean smell that is so strong it never fades. As you drink it you can really taste the rich flavors of coocolate and coffee mixed with bitter hops. I really enjoy that robust bitter coffee that coats your mouth like a coffee film on the side walls of your mouth. The finish is full bodied and the flavor of chocolate and coffee never leave.
Drink4Satan (675) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a visibly viscous pitch black clour with a small, yet extremely dense ruby-hued brown head that leaves incredible lacing. The aroma is rich lactic chocolate, dark pitted fruit, citric hops and coffee syrup. The flavour, as advertised, shares likeness to malted milkballs. Flavours of rich chocolate, cappuchino/espresso, oameal, ethyl lactate (maybe), suggestions of anise, alcohol and roasted barley. The bitter hoppy finish rounds out the profile nicely. The finish is warming, drying and sticky with a long palate duration. The overall texture is severely full and creamy, coating tooth and gum. Wowzers, this stuff owns!
nuplastikk (4269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz can. Pours engine oil black. Gloppy and thick. Big, rich chocolate flavors. Creamy and roasty. While the rich malts dominate up front, there is quite a balancing bitter hop aftertaste, almost like a chocolate DIPA. This is an awesome Imperial Stout, one of the best out there.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2008 Can. Ok, so lots of people say beer looks like motor oil, but this beer actually does, especially as it comes out of the can. Pitch black with a fine brown head. Really well balanced IS aroma - hops, chocolate, alcohol, smoke, coffee. Nose is rather large but quite pleasant. Flavor is less balanced with the hops and the bitter chocolate showing through quite a bit, along with a considerable warming in the finish. Really long lasting bitterness in the finish also. Huge body. Well done.
LilBeerDoctor (3413) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Poured oily black with hardly any head. The aroma was not very strong, but I got some chocolate, roast, and alcohol. Flavor strong in roast and citrusy hops. At some points, it tasted like I was having a stronger/thicker Gordon. This was a thick and hearty beer, definitely a slow sipper. I liked it, but it had a little too much roast/bitterness than I cared for. Also a very strong alcohol presence.
UPDATE: Had on tap at Plan B (suspect it was on nitro). It had a much larger and creamier head than from the can. Much smoother and easier to drink and there was less roastiness/bitterness than I had detected previously. Definitely prefered the on tap version, so sample on tap if you can!