Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Pizza Port San Clemente, 02/25/08. Nearly black pour with plenty of carbonation. Chocolate/coffee bitterness promised by aroma does not disappoint on palate, though it is milder than expected. Mouthfeel is a touch oily, but not too much so. Some astringency and alcohol heat. Aftertaste is bitter coffee with some chocolate undertones: no surprise here. Failed to detect any hop flavor. Well done, but not an outstanding example of the style.
dnstone (2651) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate, roasted strong aroma. Poured a black in color with an off-white head. Flavor is chewy-chocolatey and roasty with a thick body...a great stout.
Notes: On tap at the Carlsbad location
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black and nearly opaque with faint chestnut brown edges and a two finger frothy mocha head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention for style and ABV leaving streaks of soapy lacing behind.
Very inviting and complex aroma with a luscious barrel presnce that’s nicely integrated into the characteristic of the base beer. A decent amount of sweet, spicy bourbon but no overpowering or too boozy. Lots of vanilla bean and toasted coconut along with subtle dry oak. This is countered by delicate roast and silky chocolate malt sweetness. Hints of bakers chocolate, caramel, oatmeal and gourmet coffee beans. Smells awesome!
Medium body with a blast of spicy, boozy heat that dominates the flavor lingering over the subtle roast into a boozy, bone dry finish. Strong char with heavy oak and bourbon flavor. Strong whiskey presence along with toothpick and burnt wood. Not as complex or well balanced as the nose suggests. Slightly smokey/peated but most of he vanilla and coconut smoothness from the nose is missing. Underneath, there is some dry roast with oatmeal, spent coffee grinds, burnt toast and biittersweet dark chocolate. Lacking the dessert-like sweetness from the aroma. One dimensional and lacking in balance. Needs less whiskey/heat and a more complex barrel character. Also, the body is a bit thin and overall could used more sweetness.
Enjoyit (3756) - Vadum, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sour&bitter. Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of roasted malt, burnt, coal and weak sweets. A flavor of coal, sour and burnt.
GarrettB (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
June 29th, 2013 - Pizza Port’s Night Rider is the first to really strike me as the direct offspring of the famously talented brewer Bagby. The Night Rider is as dark and inky as you’d expect, but as with most beers, it distinguishes itself on two other far more important fronts: aroma and taste. The scent is heavy and heaving with rich, lovely scents: chocolate, both dark and milk, with a malty smell worthy of a top-notch 1950’s diner. The flavor is also deep and chocolate, though a little sweeter, and still very delicious. There’s a distinct malt flavor too, that holds hands nicely with the chocolate, and the hops is perfectly positioned to contribute, all making a delicious, exquisitely composed and charged brew.
slowrunner77 (10119) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Nice So Cal rendition of a Russina Imperial. Sweet, almost sticky, full bodies and full flavored. Roasted malt, licorice, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and hops in equal measure. Smooth too."
Westchesterco (1824) - mclean, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
On draft at the brewpub it is a dark brown with a slight head the aroma is coffee and the taste is a sweet roadred coffee that has a slight sweet fasten that switches into a bitter aftertadte
Iphonephan (6194) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pours black with a tan head. Roasted coffee nose. Flavors of licorice, tobacco and dark fruits. Bitter, roasted finissh.
bytemesis (6727) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours pitch black, small tan head, great lacing. Aroma is light roast, coffee, cocoa. Flavor the same- bit of anise, light sweet, medium bitter, some astringence. Full body, creamy, hot.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome imperial stout on tap at pizza port carlsbad, super dark and rich, thick, creamy
teorn88 (6472) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg at CBC Clerkenwell during tap takeover. It pours a dark brown colour with a ring of brown bubbles. Sweet aroma of chocolate, cream, coffee, and dried fruits. Taste is chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malts, and a nice bitter hop bite. Toffee and vanilla swirl from time to time with hints of caramel. Great one.