illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can courtesy of peabody. Poured into a snifter. Pitch black with no highlights and a super dark brown head of about 2 fingers. Great retention with some solid lace.
Aroma is a really rich, bright, milky chocolate, with almost a graham cracker sweetness to it. No roastiness or booze, just delightful chocolate.
Taste leads you to believe it is similar to the aroma for about a millisecond before slamming the tongue with roasted coffee. A nice herbal hop bitterness melds well with the roasty bitterness to create a dry, lingering finish that has a bit of anise to it.
Mouthfeel is huge and chewy yet soft, with the perfect amount of carbonation. A very drinkable RIS.
mar (5011) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
black pour with a 1 finger chocolate colored head. strong malt scent with chocolate and light hops. thickness is awesome and the roasted malts really shine thru in the aftertaste. slight hop flavor with nothing but roasted malts and coffee.
malrubius (2071) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 18, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 ounce can in pint glass. Blacker than Dick Cheney’s soul with dark brown head and lotsa lace. Dark chocolate, chocolate chip cookie and earth aroma. Roasted chocolate, coffee, espresso, mild fruit and mild bitter finish. Lingering espresso bitterness. Full body and low carbo. Yeah, it’s great.
guzzler67 (1560) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black licorice appearance with a medium size, multicolored head showing different layers of tan and light brown; lacing was good. Roasted malt aroma of coffee and dark choclate. Earthy flavors of toffee, chicory, caramel and semi sweet chocolate. Respectably hopped with a bitter bite in the aftertaste. Full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel leading to a long lasting, very satisfying finish.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - APR 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can. Pours an oily black with a one finger mostly lasting mocha head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of heavy roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, smokey ash, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is heavy roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, smokey ash, very bitter chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. Full oily mouthfeel with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and well hidden alcohol. Made with extra YUM!
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 Wow, I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this! Pours a thick, dark midnight black. Held up to a light, nothing gets through. A small creamy brown head fights it’s way to the the top through the heavy liquid. Aromas of dark roast espresso, unsweetened chocolate and deeply roasted grains float up, followed by more aggressive, smokier notes. Flavor is amazing, encompassing everything from above, along with a hint of vanilla and a strong bitter alcohol bite. Finish is long and bitter. This one sticks with you for a while, but in a fantastic way. The best thing ever to come from a can!
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can courtesy of glouglouburp, merci beaucoup Dany! The pour reveals a pitch black color with a ring of brown lace. The aroma is good with the classic roasted malt / chocolate combo, some toasted bread notes were also detected. The flavor is very solid and all about malt, roasty, chocolate, toasted bread, there was also some mild soy and dryness, bitterness was felt in the end. The body is medium with a pleasant liquorous texture and moderate carbonation. This is yet another very good imperial stout, it doesn’t get noticed in the crowd of very good imperial stouts, but makes for a very nice tasting experience.
nearbeer (4121) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2008
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Draft at Max’s Baltimore. Opaque chocolate with a two-finger, lasting and creamy head. Aroma is a beautiful mix of orange, cocoa, caramel, espresso, dried wood, pure vanilla, smoke, and dried herbs. Flavor is awesome and pretty much the same as the aroma, except blended so well that you can get carried away with this one - dangerously chuggable. Heavy body is so smooth its ridiculous, has some tingle and just enough dryness on the finish.
Palidor19 (3065) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
smells like fresh brewed coffee, tastes just like it too. The flavor does have a certain off wang but the rest it just a rich dark slice of heaven.
nick76 (4312) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is full of coffee, chocolate, burnt malt, and brown sugar. The appearance is dark brown with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thick! Overall it’s good.