ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12.7 oz bottle into a tulip.
A: Pours an extremely dark ruby color. The head is about one fingers high, with a khaki shade. Retention isnít very good, neither is the lacing.
S: The main addition (anise) immediately takes the aromatic forefront. Some spicy oak tones come through behind that, with a hint of dark fruits further behind that. And thereís even something suggesting a mild hoppiness. Overall, the anise portion is rather overdone - then again, considering how I donít like (overdone) licorice/anise in my beer, this is to be expected. Still, I donít hate the aroma, so some hope about a decent flavor is preserved.
T: Boom. Anise hits the palate immediately. Thereís an oaky note on the back end, but this is mostly an anise bomb. Remember earlier how I said I donít really like anise? Still, it does bring some complex notes - coffee, mint, chocolate, and the like. Iíll give it a 3 because it is well made (if imbalanced): scoring subjectively, it would probably be a 2.5 or something.
M: I really enjoy its mouthfeel. Sure, itís a bit thin, but itís relatively crisp and dry without being harsh. In that regard, it drinks quite well. A sweet oiliness is left behind on the palate which serves to quash its dryness. Itís not very tannic or carbonated.
O: Your enjoyment is going to be decided on whether you like anise in your imperial stouts. I donít, so this is pretty middling for me. The whole idea of this beer interests me - Iíd love to see next yearís batch use something like chocolate, coffee, or hell, even coconut.
nimbleprop (4873) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle I picked up a while back at the Franklinís General Store. Pours a very murky, oily, black with some spitty, frothy beige head. Full disclosure, I wanted not to like this, but I did. Nose has a lot of licorice, some molasses, some black pepper, malt, the faintest bit of coffee. Flavor is sweet, plenty of licorice, plenty of molasses, black pepper is also evident, a little squid ink, some roasted mushroom, a little tobacco leaf. Big, thick, malty finish. The licorice dominates, but doesnít over power. Probably the best beer they do.
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick dark unclear black with a gorgeous big foamy lacey bright beige head that is plastered all over the glass. Aroma is lighter sweet roasted earthy malts with a whisper of vanilla. Flavor brings lightly balanced bitter roasted malts and notes of dark chocolate on a smooth body which is not rich or thick at all, but still fulfilling and delicious! There is no booziness at all for such a high ABV! Well done!
MadRobin (1940) - Silver Spring, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Opaque, brown-black with a 2-finger tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of sweet roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee, licorice, vanilla and oak.
Taste of sweet roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, alcohol, roasted coffee and vanilla.
Full body and medium/low carbonization with a rich mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
kramer (4945) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black in color under a one finger frothy dark brown head that faded to a thin film. The nose is heavy on the roasted malt with some rich espresso and chocolate notes. Some lighter accents of licorice, burnt caramel, and light alcohol. The flavor is rather heavy on the roast, but itís not overly burnt or acrid at all. Itís rather rich and intense without being over the top with the alcohol, even with being 10%. Nice espresso and dark chocolate notes with just a light hint of fruitiness on the back end. Excellent lingering finish. This really kept the sweetness in check, which I think is the key to a nice Imperial Stout. Medium bodied with a slight cling and soft fizzy carbonation. Probably the best beer to date that Iíve had from Pub Dog.
jrodooo5 (1016) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good opaque pour w/ a big mocha head that leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is a roasty, boozy delight. The taste is similar. The roasted flavor & alcohol dominate the flavor which leaves a little complexity to be desired. The body is a touch thin for such a big & bold beer. Itís good & w/ a few tweaks, could be great!
john_chaney (16) - - MAR 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a once annually brewed beer. Each year the brewer uses a different specialty ingredient. This year it is star anise. Poured vigorously into a 2/3 pint glass. Pours very dark red brown with a half finger of khaki foam that recedes quickly, leaving behind a small persistent head with light lacing. Aroma is dark coffee and cocoa with a nice amount of alcohol and a roasty smokiness. Flavor is chocolate syrup with a faint trace of cooling mint and nice bitter end. Alcohol is there, but itís well hidden behind the chocolate malts and star anise. This is a very good beer that succeeds where many other stouts fail. This beer has a very nice mouthfeel and is complex, but, not so complex that the flavors are muddled. Canít wait to see what they do with this beer next year.
Maxbier (258) - Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark pour with dark brown dense head. Aroma of spices am dark chocolate. Malty, with flavors of black coffee and a hint of chocolate and spices. Nice dark coffee bitterness in the middle and finish. Nice beer to sip and enjoy slowly.
dlovell2 (774) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with tan head. Chocolate malt aroma. Caramel malt, dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee flavors.
snoworsummer (2144) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Pours dark chocolate brown with almost no head. Tastes like strong bittersweet chocolate, syrup, bitter coffee beans. Strong alcohol feel, but very smooth. Light/medium body and very low carbonation. Smells like strong chocolate syrup and booze