rockchalkgenes (19) - - FEB 7, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Pours jet black with a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, peppers and booze. Taste starts earthy which is followed by a medley of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and hints of pepper in the back of the throat. Goddamn tasty and super smooth considering the ABV.
Hopswagger (178) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
P: Pitch black abyss with a deep espresso cap that hugs the edge of the glass. Phantom lacing.
S: First sip, rich caramel coffee syrup, eucalyptus leaves, roast chipotles, play dough, and vanilla cola. Aromas of latex paint, black strap molasses and columbian roast coffee. Rich and decadent but graced with natural aromas that balance this ticking time bomb.
T/M: Upfront carbonated water taste, follows by loads of velvety rich cocoa nibs and a slow building heat brings up the rear and tingles the inner mouth. Lots of earthy flavors, vegetation, roast chilies and medium toast oak. Booze becomes more assertive once warm and delivers dry smoky leftovers.
O: An explosive grand tasting brew by anyone’s standards. I really appreciate the delicate balance that was achieved with so many variables that were in play. The heat from the chilies help the bourbon create a heating blanket inside your chest. Makes me proud to be a native Okie. Cheers!
AirForceHops (2573) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold wax covering cap on 12 oz. bottle. Right from the crack of the cap I can smell chili peppers. After pouring the pitch black liquid with very thin bubbles of tan head, all I can smell is peppers. Third inhale... Yep, more chili peppers. Thank The Lord the flavor is more than pepper. The start is light traces of vanilla, weak hints of coffee with a slightly roasted finish. Texture leans on the oily /slick side. Really nice stout but top 50? Really ? Good but I can’t buy into the hype train on this brew. It has great traits but not something I would not seek out again.
AdamJackson (1995) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for my Danish partner for sending this over. Batch 1 wax. Split with AirForceHops.
A - Not as black as I thought but pretty oily...1 finger creamy head fades fast to a thin lacing.
S - Cocoa, roasted graham crackers, marshmallow and a big powerful pepper aroma.
T - Starts with a burst of sweet vanilla, cocoa, milk chocolate and finishes with this huge spice that sticks around forever and ever. I mean it is a very spicy beer..lingering spice for days.
M - Oily, slick, medium body
O - Decently good imperial stout. not much residual sweetness, coffee has faded (batch 1 is like a year old now?) but still really good.
WilliWill (2) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 7, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a treat! I’m not a fan of Stouts on the whole, but since it was available and from Prairie, I picked up a bottle. The Appearance was Thin velvet Black coal oil, with a creamy light brown head. The taste is a rich earthy, roasty, caramel, that is rich in coffee, and chocolate. The Prairie Wine Barrel Noir rates higher but this is a good addition to their lineup!
BeerandBlues2 (9003) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a large, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast, heavy chocolate, coffee malt, earthy and spicy hops, prunes and figs with oak notes. Flavor is dark malt dominant with dark fruits, spicy coffee, medium hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black and thick looking. Sheet of broken mocha on top. smells primarily of vanilla and cocoa powder, some leathery malts, some soil and marshmallow. Flavor is alcohol, marshmallow, vanilla, a little oak sharpness, some cocoa powder; as it warms I get a little bing cherry note in there. Not really getting the peppers in here. Full bodied with moderate on mild carbonation and a semi dry finish. Promising, but not world class.
DesertDevil (423) - Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12-oz. bottle (Batch 5 - orange wax). Awesome aroma of intense dark coffee, cocoa, vanilla beans, dark loamy soil, strong cinnamon, and a pleasant chili spiciness. Pours extremely dark brown with dark ruby highlights. Delicious yet sharp taste of coffee and spices (mainly cinnamon), and powdered cocoa. There’s hardly any hop bitterness, but a definitely heat from the chilies easily makes up for it. Somewhat chalky texture. Quite delicious.
Tybalt (203) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma of coffee and vanilla. Nice dark, full bodies pour with brown head. You can specifically taste every added flavor: coffee, chocolate, vanilla, chili peppers. The most balanced beer I can recall - each flavor perfectly complimenting the other. Super smooth finish.
Fantabox (16) - USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice imperial stout with chocolate from beginning to end. Vanilla is a definite flavor but no chili pepper taste, just a slight resinous-spicy hot finish at the back of the throat. Almost oil-black with a tan head.