DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Craft Ale. This one pours onyx with deep brown head. Nose is dark choc, coffee, molasses, heavy dark malt. The nose was great, and I partook of its greatness for a few minutes. The palate was smooth as sik, with nary a sign of spirity heat, and flavors of dark patent malt, chocoff, molasses, cacao, nuts, figs, and slight blackberry. This one was outstanding, and I will rate it again ASAP, because the conditions were not ideal, but this one just might have a chance to become one of my extremely select perfecto robustos.
NJBeerman013 (1042) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours midnight black with a cocoa colored head. The aroma is hugely malty with notes of sweet coffee, chocolate and molasses cookies. The flavor notes of the same with a bit of dried fruit in the finish. It has a full, buy not heavy mouthfeel, and a thick satisfying finish. This is about as good of a Imperial Stout as I have ever had.
Heathen (1444) - 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. Iím 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.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Poured medium-deep brown with a tall, kind of odd smoked tan head (looser-bubbles on the edges and very dense on the middle).. some sticky lacing as it descended. The aroma picked up warm cocoa, vanilla, and rye bready malts with accents of ever-so-slightly charred oak and a pinch of dark fruit.. loved it! The flavor found lightly-smoked black malts, cocoa, and vanilla at the core, with tart oak and vinous notes laced throughout.. earth and cocoa bitterness plus another hit of oak on the edges.. finished warm with tasty roasted malts and complementary barrel. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. just OK transitions through the mouth.. overall a well-balanced and mighty tasty brew.
closey22 (575) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black as night; thick foamy tan head looks so beautiful; flavor is so rich with hints of licorice; the alcohol comes through as weíll as some acidicness; aroma has hints of chocolate; finishes dry toasty yummy
HeadyDE (363) - Delaware, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour into snifter..no idea when this was bottled but labeled vintage on side of bottle..dark black color..little to no head as expected..nose is very enjoyable..chocolate..cocoa..bourbon notes..wood..oak..hint of coffee and vanilla..really liking everything about the aroma..mouthfeel/palate is smooth..not hot and hides the abv very well..however it was a bit thinner than expected and the nose dominated the rest of the experience..like the bottle..like the Indian..and will definitely seek this out again in the future..good local imperial stout..solid nightcap..well done..
TomDecapolis (4334) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at CAH. Pours a deep black with a medium foamy tan head that left sticky lacing. Aroma of deep chocolate notes, vanilla, coffee, light hop character and roasted malt. Flavor of coffee, deep bitter chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and some hop bitterness and flavor.
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, smoked malts, vanilla, coffee, and a bit of toast. Taste of smoked malts, roast, dark fruits, some caramel, and cocoa, with a bit of alcohol in the finish as well.
Slipstream (1866) - 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!
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!