hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black pour with a light brown head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is liquorice, some dried fruit, chocolate, a hint of booze. Flavor is sweeter, some toffee and chocolate, with some burnt notes. ends biterly, from both the hops and the roast malt.
coreyc1221 (260) - Truckee, California, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Pizza Port Solana Beach. Sweet caramel and slight chocolate aroma. Black/brown color with a medium tan/cream head. Creamy texture starting with a bit of zing and dark malts then creamy smooth bitterness and a heavy feel going down the throat. Damn good.
anthony850 (260) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In a bottle smooth with chocolate , fruity taste high alc.
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mensch (257) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love it. Rich and thick and bitter and coffee. A little sweet in the first finish, then dry husked malt. So intense. Quite one-dimensional, but when that dimension is this good, I don’t care.
TampaBeer (255) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2009 Nice bitterness to this imp stout. Good roasted flavors, well balanced sweetness. Not one of my favorite imp stouts since I prefer smoother and sweeter versions.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma- some chocolate, hops, roasted notes, black licorice
Appearance- pitch black with a monster off-white head, insane lacing for a stout as well
Taste- Slight sweetness upfront followed by big roasted notes, slight chocolate, and huge hop bitterness. Finish is dry and bitterly roasted.
Palate- lower carbonation, slick mouthfeel
Overall- Too hoppy for my personal tastes. The appearance is spot-on, the flavors are almost there, and the palate is quite nice, but the hop bitterness and boring aroma limit it from being special.
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(From notes 4 Oct, 2012) Bottle. Pitch black beer. Foam is brown and compact. Smells like candy and chocolate and a bit of coffee. Flavor is espresso, bitter, milk chocolate. Some carbonation that takes away from the smooth mouthfeel I enjoy the most. Aftertaste is long and bitter. I like my imperial stouts, and this one was definitely a good one.
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 19, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2007 bottle, consumed 12/19/07. Pours a dark clear brown with small head that quickly disappears. Only a very thin ring of tan foam clings to the sides of the glass. Aroma is subtle roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and a metallic undertone. Mouthfeel is only a little thicker and smooother than water. Not much flavor, oddly, perhaps due to the burning astringent sensation on the tongue. Hints of bitter chocolate, maybe. Finishes with an alcohol burn. Not really a great imperial stout; disappointing from this brewery.
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours Black with a huge pillowy tight, mocha foam head. Laces all night. Smells like coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a bit of burnt sugars. Tastes like nose with a nice hop bitterness in the middle then a slightly spicy finish like cinnamon. Palate is not as thick as everything else led me to believe it would be but it isn’t thin. A great stout.
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber. dark and smooth. pretty delicious. dig this winter seasonal.....wish it wasn’t seasonal. appreciate the long bitter finish.