pjames317 (73) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, pours motor oil thick with a nice tan collar that eventually fades to a nice smoke ring. Aroma: toffee, vanilla, dark roast coffee beans. Probably the best beer Philly Brewing makes. Pretty smooth for an impy stout (i.e. less carbonation, moreso velvety). Not to say it’s flat...it’s still a lively beer and a damn good one, especially for the price. I LIKE!!!!!! borat style
Sammy (8565) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 Hits the style. Black bodied and thick looking, with a generous beige head. Good chocolate taste. Not as thick mouthfeel as the top reps of the style.
drfabulous (3921) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce from 2011 summer Secret Santa. Pours a big black stout with tan head. Creamy taste. Some roast to it. Little bit of the tart as a finish. That tartness might be from the oak. Very nice.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4909) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a large creamy dark tan head that lingered and left great lacing. The aroma was burnt and roasty with notes of anise, faint chocolate, wood and a hint of vanilla. The flavor was vanilla, cocoa, wood and roasty malts with touches of smoke, rum and cherry underneath. The finish was long and the body was creamy, silky and fairly full. Nice.
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: Very nice beer an a nice imperial stout. Not super complex at first but nice. It became more complex as it warmed. It was definitely on the malt side, the way I like my impy stouts. Hid alcohol incredibly well. The flavor and aroma went well with the name. I prefer bourbon barrel aging, but the aging on the oak chips was a nice substitute. I’m surprised by the slightly low scores.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark brown that was opaque black in the glass with an average to large lan to light brown head that slowly, but mostly diminished and left fair to good lacing. The aroma had heavy roasted malt, caramel, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and cocoa; light to moderate pine and citrus hops; wood; vanilla; pepper; licorice; cola; ever so slight alcohol; dark fruit; hints of smoke; and milk. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to rather sweet and moderately bitter. There was chocolate, roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, pine hops, licorice, tobacco, hints of mint, slight vanilla, hints of cola, maybe some pepper, caramel malt, a little wood, some bitter smoke, underlying grapefruit hops and slight bunt malt. The medium to full body was fairly oily with soft, but tingly carbonation and an ever so slight alcoholic finish.
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by someone at Oakquinox. Pours with a black body and a small tan head. Aromas of raisins, toffee, lightly sour, shampoo, vinous. Flavors of leather, raisins, chalky, cocoa, chocolate, ashy, dirty. Light bubbles, some oak. Off.
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
very dark brown, thin cream ring. Nose is a dusty oatmeal, oxidized, a peppery soy sauce. Flavor is heavy chocolate, light oxidation, more sugar than malt quality surviving. Full bodied, though that adds to cloying sweetness.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to ChrisPro for sending this in Blind BIF #4. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pour yields a near-black beer with a thin off-white head that subsides pretty quickly and leaves some bubbles on top. Thin collar around the edge as well. The nose has quite a bit of chocolate with a bit of black licorice lingering in the background. There is a bit of roast there as well. Some dark fruits come through as it warms up. Slightly metallic in the after-scent. The taste is slightly metallic with some slight anise and a bit of bitter chocolate. Moderate roast in the background and the finish. Body is medium with low carbonation. Some alcohol is present. Drinkability is okay. Nothing too impressive, but drinkable enough.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-17-2011
brokensail (10789) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is a dark brown color, almost black, with a large tan head.
S: Roasted malts and dark chocolate with a decent amount of coffee. Perhaps a touch acidic on the nose, but good earthy hop notes too. A moderate sweetness of toffee and molasses.
T: The flavor is very much similar to the aroma. Plenty of roasted malt, coffee, and some dark chocolate. Mildly bitter with a little earthiness and a little bit of sweetness.
M: Medium in body with the carbonation on the high end of medium.
O: A fairly unremarkable beer but not bad. Probably wouldn’t care to have it again.
GT2 (8372) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL thanks to Thorpe429. Sorry dude, we drank it without you. Much love! The pour is a deep cola red, looking almost black with a medium, tan, sheen, creamy head. Aroma is olives, cardboard, cinnamon, moving to richer chocolate, cloves, flank steak, fat. Taste is chalky, powdery, ashy, bitter. Moves thankfully to piney hops, burnt cherries. Actually, I don’t mind this one. Easy to enjoy. Hides the abv very well.