phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from michael-pollack- thanks again, Pollack! Pours a deep, dark brown, pretty light and dirt-looking on the edges, with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted chocolate malts, coffee, licorice, earth, and toasted brown sugar. A little alcohol emerges, but more shows up in the flavor, especially late. Also notes of roasted dark chocolate malts, coffee, and licorice. Medium-bodied, with a warm, boozy, roasty mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but a little too alcoholic and not big enough bodied to make up for it.
dmac (3525) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bomber from EZ. Poured a dark black body, slightly watery, with a large bubbly beige head. Aroma of chocolate milk, espresso beans, milk, grassy hops. Medium bodied with a slightly chalky feel and average carbonation. Flavor of soy, light chocolate, burnt dark fruit. Decent enough for the price but overall itís just meh.
oOJUXEOo (196) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown/black. The head laces nicely and is a tan off white color. Aroma is roasty. Hops taste is covered by the deep chocolate / roasted flavor. Finishes nicely, without a heavy alcohol sting even though its at 10%. Nice, but I am not a big stout fan, either.
alobar (2509) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with no head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit flavor. Body is a bit thin-more porter-like, but a nice brew.
italianjohn (2149) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour tan head decent lacing on the glass ... aroma of sweet and roasted malts .... taste is of sweet and roasted malts, chocolatey and thick oily brew .... dry oaky, roasted and bitter finish balanced and abv hidden well but nothing really stuck out to me about this brew .. probably better aged
dagimp (651) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. This suckerís pretty fresh from the brewery although PBC doesnít date code their bottles. Pours with a moderate 2-3 fingers of head which dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing. Aroma is of coffee and some licorice. Mouthfeel is remarkably light for such a large beer. Itís kind of like a porter rather than an imperial stout. Iíve had thicker porters (Founders) than this imperial stout. I actually think thatís a plus since Iím not a huge fan of syrupy stouts. Taste is mainly of coffee, a tiny bit of licorice, an underlying alcohol warmth (but not boozy at all) and a real good amount of hops! This is a pretty hoppy stout! The hop flavor goes well with the alcohol warmth. Overall, a very, very good stout. Nice, light crisp mouthfeel and not too boozy or syrupy... so be careful of the 10% abv because itís hidden well. Oh yeah, one more thing... itís $5.50 for a bomber!!!! How awesome a deal is that!
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed on tap in a pub glass. The beer pours the expected opaque jet black, with a small to moderate tan head. The nose shows notes of wood, along with a slight grainy note. The flavor profile is refined for a high-strength beer, but also somewhat restrained, lacking the overall complexity of examples with far less in terms of gravity. Grainy notes, slight roast, and a very slight alcoholic warmth toward the finish. Carbonation and mouthfeel are both pleasant. Overall, a nice example of the style.
Arayaga2 (1710) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown opaque with a cocoa head. Aroma is dark fruits and roast. Taste is the same, with big cocoa notes. Surprisingly good, with a relatively unsweet finish. $10/40oz pitcher
Slipstream (1865) - USA - DEC 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Caponeís. Itís a stout all right! Roasty, toasty, and sweet, with coffee, oats, and a touch of cinnamon in the flavor. Big, but not heavy. Really good!
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at union Jacks Pub. Pours a black color with a medium light beige-brown head. Aroma of malts, raspberries and chocolate. Taste of rich malt, raspberries and chocolate. Not bad.