Bilk (16) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 6, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Was lucky to find this on tap. 12 oz snifter arrived with a black liquid topped with mahogany colored head. First sip gave a rich chocolate, malt and caramel flavor. A bit of burn in back of throat. Very nice sipping ale.
kidmartinek (4664) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My gosh. This is ridiculous. Black beer with some good foam. Strong aroma. The taste wil kick you crazy. Incredibly strong sweet plum and alcohol flavor with a dash of stout malt. Rich, smooth, and deadly. You know its kicking your ass but your cant see it through the fog of all the smoothness. Can you tell by how coherent that just was. Rich sweet finish.
glennmastrange (2665) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Heavy malt aromas of toasted, molasses, coffee and dark bread, moderate hops and yeast aromas of resin and earth, with raisin, charcoal, cola and alcohol. Head is small, creamy, light brown with fair lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is black as tar. Flavor is moderately sweet and lightly acidic to start, then the extra long finish is lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is full bodied, sticky/syrupy and the carbonation is almost flat. It finishes dry and lightly astringent. Drinking this Imperial Stout is like having a carnival in your mouth...in a good way.
JohnnyJ (5400) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 On tap at stone bistro. Pours a deep syrupy black, with dark brown forthy head. The apperance makes my mouth water. Bitter dark choclate, roasted coffee, smoked malt, plums, raisins, cherry, toffee, and hints of vanilla. This is a great dessert beer. The mouth feel is thick and silky, very good!
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz can - pours a totally opaque black color with smallish dark brown head w/ red highlights. Aroma is full of toasted caramel, hazelnuts, roasted molasses, raisens, ash, figs, highland scotch. Flavor is full of roasted malts, caramel, touch of cherry, dry ash, herbal hops, with a bracing and slightly metallic bitterness. A very nice brew overall. The metallic note at the finish is the only downside. I think that this would be stellar if laid down for a couple of years.
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce can purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. Aroma has a very nice balance of sweet chocolate along with some molasses and some roastiness that is coffee-like. Very pleasant. Body is a thick, oily, opaque black color with a nice brown head, nice lacing, and nice legging. Very attractive brew. The flavor of this mirrors the aroma...some sweet chocolate flavors present themselves up front. This is followed by some roasted, burnt, coffee-like flavoring. Light leather notes. Ethanol is hidden well. This is very silky, smooth, and dangerously drinkable. I can see why this is so highly rated.
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to ucusty for this little can of awesome.
Pours an almost appallingly opaque thick black with almost an inch of impenetrable light brown head, leaves thick lacing and huge legs.
Smells like soy sauce, sweet dark roasted malts, and alcohol, as an RIS should, but not as complex as the taste
Taste is complex, starts with sweet dark roasted malts, definitely some high L caramel malts in there, balanced by hops, moves to a more bitter salty taste, and finishes warming the back of the tongue with bitterness.
Mouthfeel is moderately thick, coats the mouth - very nice.
This is a great beer. Perfect for a cold night after hard work. The flavor is very good, but not quite as tongue-numbingly awesome as my top favorites.
BeerFanDan17 (1080) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow--this is serious. This imperial stout is incredible. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and malt. Black as night with a creamy head. Really unique and quite tasty.
Tejas (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 I’m sorta over the whole big beer/imp stout thing, even in the winter, so i have trouble getting excited about these. Having said that, this is pretty f’ing solid. Little alcohol taste and lots of roasty flavors. Super chocolatey and creamy to boot.
mjg74 (3015) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can, picked up at Beverages 4 Less. Pours thick and black, like motor oil. I’ve never had a canned brew that poured like that before. Pitch black in my glass. Strong roasted malty aroma. Some alcohol is present, along with some vanilla and black licorice. Slick oily mouthfeel. Flavor is roasted malts and coffee. Somewhat bitter malty/coffee finish. Solid impy stout.