teemoney (89) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from can into snifter. Deep dark brown, with light brown head that diminishes to a ring around the top. Lots of chocolate in the nose. More sweet and bitter chocolate flavors, with a little bit of booziness evident. Almost perfect creamy feel. Really really good beer, definitely lives up to its reputation.
emartell (255) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - NOV 21, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
En aroma algo compleja, con notas potentes. Destacan las maltas tostadas, madera, vainilla y chocolate, así como un poco de frutos secos. Finalmente y de forma tenue notas a cuero.
En cuanto a su apariencia, es perfecta.
Cuerpo redondo, espuma media de color café y baja retención. Carbonatacion prácticamente nula.
En boca es muy sabrosa, suavemente equilibrada y con un final achocolatado.
Al paladar es una cerveza que a pesar de todo se bebe fácil. Suave en un principio, se perciben las maltas tostadas, las notas a café y un retrogusto a chocolate. La potencia alcohólica de sus 10.5 % no se perciben y su intenso amargor es muy bien disfrazado.
En general me pareció una imperial stout excepcional. Sabores y aromas muy bien logrados, acompañados de un excelente equilibrio. Simplemente Deliciosa!
lightbias (162) - USA - NOV 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was one of the most photogenic pours I’ve ever seen. Wish I’d been ready with the camera. Out of the can into a stout glass a stream of the darkest brown liquid I’ve seen, topped with a thick, dense, chocolate brown foam. It actually flowed out of over the edges of the glass...reminiscent...
The aroma is heady, thick and chocolate, accents of boozy vanilla permeate the air. First sip, second sip, third sip; extremely consistent and flavorful as hell. The taste is lightly boozy, the ABV very well screened by the drinkability of the beer, and the creamy, thick body coats my entire mouth with a nutty chocolate. The next time I buy a can of this, it will be two so that I can use one in a Ten Fidy float. Wow.
The finish is beautiful, body full, and carbonation is heavy enough to carry this to a delightful end; definitely not too light to leave it flat by the end of the glass. The foam is dropping heavy into the beer after every quaff and is thick and rich, the flavor is amazing and this may actually have been worth the ridiculous price I paid for it. Yup...going back for two more.
Namespayne (56) - - NOV 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz can into glass. Pitch black in hue. Weak, loose, tall head with almost a fizz that reduces quickly. Dark roasted malts with hint of chocolate. Extremely dry, bitter, rich, smoky. Highly acidic, with high carbonation such that it is obvious in the flavor. With that said, the rich flavor conceals the high alcohol content well. It’s actually a quite decent drink, but it ain’t all that.
high_on_hops (671) - Burlingame, California, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a solid black with a brown head. It has a rich aroma of dark malt, baking chocolate, alcohol, and some coffee. The flavor is rich malt and chocolate with a solid malt backbone and a long, sweet and slightly smoky finish over a heavy body.
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ALLOVATE (2469) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellar temperature and into a snifter. Biggest, most well held head I’ve yet seen on an Imperial. Inky black with a tan foam that is tight and held proud at a half inch with excellent lace. No place like home, this is heaving with homely chocolate, nutmeg, softly scorched coffee, cocoa, anise and molasses, beef jus and Vegemite™, roasted sage and bay-leaf infused chicken (yeah, that threw you!), bourbon for grandma and oaked Scotch for the rest of us. Blooming!; a complete family album, bold and strange for an IRS. Viscous, huge, morish on the palate. Wow, taken aback! BIG, just big. It is bold, luxurious in feel with little but creaminess for carbonation. Long, pasty, charred malt and heavily roasted coffee swing in the swallow with a dramatic earthiness. Supple sweet front: milky and dessert-like. Hints at vanilla, but geez it edges that aroma in taste. Alcohol is evident; warming the cockles all the way down. This is a kick in the ass, slow sippin’ ale. Loveable! (12fl.Oz, canned on the 03/10/13, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
rjmc64 (19) - Deer Park, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at local distributor, went for a growler and kicked the keg. At least I got one full pint free of charge. Chocolate, toffee nose. Thick and dark with a caramel colored head that stays put. Smooth, velvety and creamy mouthfeel. Tastes like bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and toffee. Long, long finish with a nice roasted dry character. Perfect balance, the hops are hidden perfectly. Excellent beer. I hope I can get a full growler next time.
coachd (145) - Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is my first Oskar Blues product, surprisingly it has been hard to find in St. Louis until recently. Just pouring it out of the can I can see how thick it is. The aroma is sweet from the malt, has some booze, anise, and black licorice. I am not detecting any of the 98 IBUs in the smell. Thought the smell would be stronger, I have to mark it down a little for that. Appearance wise, it could not be better. Black as night with a dark brown pillow of foam. Tastes roasty, slightly bitter with an aftertaste that is charred in a good way. I am getting some sweetness up front and at the very end. Very complex; I can’t wait to see what it tastes like aged. Palate is remarkable; thick and velvety at the same time with very little carbonation getting in the way. Overall very good. ABV is completely hidden. This is a strong, take no prisoners stout that gets better with each sip. Actually lives up to the hype and the price tag.
TXBadger (1525) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black like oil with khaki colored head. Nice roasted malt and chocolate and coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little toffee-like note.
hype (23) - - NOV 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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