PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a dark black body with a bit of reddish tint and just swirls of head. Smells pretty nice but has a little bit of a paint scent. More pronounced aromas of chocolate and cherries are there too. The flavor is much nicer than the aroma with huge chocolate and coffee flavors with toasted oats.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Dark black pour with a little brown head; head gone quickly. Heavy roasted malt and coffee aroma, along with some bittering hops. Small amount of sweet chocolate and oats up front in the flavor, followed by roasted malt, coffee and bittering hops. Liked this much better than the barrel aged version, but the palate is slightly metallic (dry-hopped?).
jonas (5445) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - FEB 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks for the can Ernest! Blacker than Cheneys soul, dark chocolate head. Roast, deep chocolate and fig aroma. Inredible broad roast flavors - from carbon over caramel to dark chocolate. Oily mouthfeel (go figure) but in a good way. Roast and nut retronasal, the flavor on the tongue has big staying-power. Very enjoyable.
robinvboyer (2826) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
this is one of the darkest, thick pours i have ever seen. This is black hole black. a good 1.5 fingers of head. The head is like a dark brown almost reddish on the edges. Aroma is sweet, like liquid chocolate cake, with some chocolate ice cream, with a big cup of roasty espresso. WOW. Flavour is so rich, and loaded with chocolate. wicked roastiness, and lots of coffee in the finish. Mouthfeel is THICK, but super smooth and velvety. THe alcohol warms on its way down, but man is this smooooooooooooth. Quite bitter also, those IBUís come out, but add some nice depth after the smooth chocolate. Wow, just an amazing stout! I canít give it a 5, cause i donít think anything is perfect, but this is damn near close to it!
Brix (633) - DENMARK - FEB 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 2008-02-21. Fresh can. Pours the blackest Iíve ever seen a beer pour. Small bronze/brown head. Aroma: Chocolate and coffee. Flavour: EXTREMELY bitter! I like it! Oily texture - very full bodied.
Acknud (1066) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
WTF!!! Pours like used motor oil. Black. Small amber head. Weird looking coming out of a can like something has gone seriously wrong! Aroma is heavy with chocolate. Taste is thick, viscous. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Very earthy with some bitterness peeking through! I could drink this again and again.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich malty chocolate nose, with coffee. Pours absolutely black, with a deep brown thick head. The sweet malt hits right away, but the bitterness from the hops and roasted malt kicks in just in time. Thick body. If not for the alcohol level, it flirts with being too heavy. This beer delivers like no other. An amazing Imperial Stout.
MrBunn (2374) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can. Iím not sure just how I feel about pouring and Imperial Stout out of a can. Thereís a bit of a decadent pleasure to it, but at the same time, it borders on sacrilege. Pour is a lovely used motor oil consistency and color with just a hint of a head. Aromas are thick with chocolate and coffee, peat and smoke. First sip and my first impression is that the peat and smoke flavors come out stronger than I would have guessed. I like it and it gives this a little bit of a distinctive flavor in comparison to some of its competitors. Mouthfeel is thick, sticky and silky. Lovely.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best beer Iíve had from a can! Pours dark brown/black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and some light alcohol. Taste is bitter with coffee, chocolate, malt, & grainy bitterness. Mouth is sticky and the finish is relatively dry. Overall, a solid brew.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 Finally got to try this on tap @Papago Brewing in Scottsdale AZ.
Beer is a deep dark thick creamy black with a wonderful looking burnt brown head. Aroma of roasted Barley, Burnt Coffee, chocolate. Has a really nice thick yet oily mouthfeel. Taste is bittersweet with hints of coffee, chocolate, maybe a touch of brown sugar. Comes across as being neither sweet nor bitter, but instead perfectly balanced and hides the alcohol very well. Yum! Very well done Oskar Blues. One of my Top 5 favorite Impy Stouts.