Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 22oz bottle into 12oz snifter. Black with thin tan head and stong coffee aroma. Tastes of burnt, floral coffee, malts and a bit of chocolate. Thinner than what Im used to for the style.
hombrepalo (1852) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber.Pitch black, brown head. Aroma: vanilla, so much coffee, lovely fresh coffee, like a cold cup of coffee, smells wonderful. Flavour: Holy cow, a wonderful cup of cold coffee, chocolate, bitter, medium mouthfeel with a long coffee finish
GuinnessHong (147) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark, black coffee color. Medium head and some lacing. Dark roast, coffee, cocoa aromas. Distinct coffee flavor, with some bitter-sweet aftertaste.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Thanks to the guys... Pours with a slight stillness upfront with a deeper stouty black hue, lesser intense edges with auburn tones and topped with a thin wispy medium khaki head... Aroma of of chocolate and coffee notes upfront, sweet molasses and brown sugar through the middle. Coffee is most dominant with the chocolates fudge aspects not too far behind... Flavors are more of the same with a foreboding sweetness through the middle as well as through the finish where a light bitter astringency fortunately cuts through. Earthy and fuller bodied with an adequate level of carbonation.
andyhwcinc (1513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Purchased at Binny’s in Chicago, IL, enjoyed at a friends house while watching Anaconda, for some reason. Appearance is moderately thick pitch black with a rich frothy white head. Aroma its very bitter coffee and chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, very light sweetness. Taste is fantastic. Rich dark chocolate, hazelnut, and vanilla notes, utterly rich coffee profile, more of an espresso richness. Vanilla is pure and doesn’t taste like extract was used, more like vanilla beans were integrated. This brewery does great things with imperial stouts.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by the guys. Thanks! Pours a deep black with a dark brown head. The nose is nice, shows a big hit of creamy coffee, on the mellower cocoa side. Some roasted barley and toasted malt as well. Light hopping. On tasting, the coffee is much weaker. Some faint ashy notes, char and cocoa. Herbal coffee. Would like a bigger hit of coffee flavor to match up with the nose. Decent. Bit thinnish body.
deyholla (6954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a very dark brown head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma is mainly coffee and espresso with a bit of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor starts with coffee but mellows to allow a nice dark roasted malt note to come out that is complimented by some dark chocolate.
adnielsen (9449) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 Bottle @ Steve’s Foco. Pours a black appearance with a small brown head. Rich, lightly green, black coffee, mild vanilla roasty malty aroma. Mild chocolate, roasty black coffee. Slightly burnt, somewhat herbal flavor. Pretty tasty and easy to drink for the abv.
ryecatcher (821) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a thick (think 10W30 thick) brown-black, opaque with thin (and rapidly disappearing) espresso colored head. Nose is dark roast malts and some strong Joe, hints of cocoa. Mouth is thick and oily, semisweet up front with malty backbone highlighted by coffee, some vanilla, caramel and bakers chocolate. Finish is long and lingering bittersweetness. Let it snow, and let the aliens come... I’m ready for both of em. ;-)
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2014 Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose good coffee, nutty. Flavors sweet nutty choco. Flavors chocolate, nutty, vanilla, dry coco powder.
on tap at Stoutfest ’14 - really enjoyable beer but didn’t come off with strong coffee notes, lots of vanilla helping round it all out, thin body, minimal roast to it. nice beer.