cloudskipper (17) - Alameda, California, USA - JUN 25, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours thick, black, but not as thick as most RIS’s. Smoky aroma, which got more obvious as it warmed. Taste is of black licorice, darker fruit, hops, definitely sweet. A very nice surprise. Would love another bottle.
Darkmagus82 (1898) - - MAY 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured form a 22 oz. bottle into snifter.
Appearance - A nice deep black with a light brown head upon pouring that dissipated fast to a nice wispy head; clung to glass while swirled.
Smell - Strong chocolate aroma with a bit of coffee after.
Taste - A strong cocoa presence with some sweeter vanilla and some sweet raisin flavors.
Mouthfeel - A moderate body, with a very smooth texture, although maybe a bit thinner then expected for abv.
Overall - A very good brew and one I would recommend. Not quite up to snuff to the bourbon aged on tap, but a very solid brew non the less.
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pre-DLD bottle share at Hampton Inn. Pour is deep brown with a small khaki head. Aroma and flavor of licorice candy, chocolate, roasted coffee, and dark fruit. Finish has a lot of coffee and smoke notes coming out.
Beerman6686 (4879) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one poured a very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma was of smoke, ash, dark roast, grapes and tar. Flavor was of a good amount of dry smoke, tobacco, dark roast and dark chocolate. A great example of ther style.
thome50 (1140) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks Jason. Pours a jet black with slight tan head. Aroma is coffee, toffee and some residual plum. Taste is coffee, chocolate and some minor marshmallow.
tgncc (2957) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Via trade with Bmart. The aroma is roast, dark chocolate. The appearance is jet black, light tan head. The flavor is chocolate, licorice, roast. The finish is roast, pine needles. Medium/thick in body. A run of the mill, but well made stout.
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a thin tan head. Not a great deal of lacing.
The nose is heavy, chocolate, malt, roasty, yeasty.
Flavor is sweet, roasty malt, chocolate, coffee, hot cocoa.
Thick, rich mouthfeel.
A really nice Imperial Stout. A little sweeter than I prefer, but very, very nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy from my iPad.
Ratman197 (10462) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, cocoa, earthiness and light vanilla with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.
mcberko (7831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of moderate roasted malt, chocolate, and some oats. Flavour brings out big roasted malt notes which dominate the palate, a little chocolate and some oatmeal notes. Extremely roasted, with a medium-thickness palate. Nothing revolutionary, but expertly executed impie stout. Excellent stuff.
blipp (6508) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours near black with a beige head. Lighter roasted malts and dark chocolate, with lighter grainy notes. Not bad.
Travlr (14212) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Greg at Birreria Paradiso Georgetown, thanks! Very dark brown color, scant brown head. Aroma of chalky cocoa dust. Taste is dry and bitter dark cocoa and coffee grounds. Tasty.