videofrog (57) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes, 5/5/11:
Poured out of 22oz bottle into pint glass.
Aroma: Coffee up front, roasted malts, chocolate and alcohol in the background.
Appearance: Thick, bordering on syrupy, black in color with lighter colors on edges. Head was dark cream and quickly dissipated leaving no lacing.
Taste: Pretty much matched the smell, but with a subtle bitter hop bite with the dry finish. Alcohol is there but not in the way.
Palate: Best quality of this beer - very smooth for an imperial stout. Light carbonation and leans on the heavy side of medium bodied.
Overall: Enjoyed this one, and I’ll probably grab another next winter if the impulse strikes me. Not something I’d seek out, though. Would recommend to someone in DFW in search of a solid Imperial Stout that isn’t overly complicated.
RickTStiles (779) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours inky black with a thick brown head and lots of lacing. Woody an nutty aroma. Taste is somewhat light with chocolate, wood and smoke coming through subtly.
Suttree (5225) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to roxtersoxter for the trade. Black, big dense head. smells like chocolate and vanilla, plus hints of coffee and pine. Taste is vanilla and coffee again, plus some crackery flavors. Pretty good!
Caytinator (963) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 release, aged about a year. Pours walnut-black with a moderate head. The aroma is actually pretty slight but good nonetheless, even as it warms. The taste is very bitter still for having aged a year, it has a little bit of complexity but still underwhelming. Primary tastes are licorice and dark chocolate at the end. Palate is good, relatively dry but still balanced. I hate to rate a beer that had this much work put into it this low, but hey, I calls em like I sees em.
TXBadger (1488) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very dark brown color. Dark fruit, cocoa, and sweetness on the nose; follow onto the palate. A little thin on the mouthfeel for the style. Finishes with some roasted malt notes.
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] 2011 vintage. Pours a very dark brown color with a rocky off-white head. Roasted malts, cocoa and mild alcoholic nose. Taste is of charred malts, molasses, brown sugar, light licorice, nutmeg and plum/fig. Good looking lacing on glass. Medium bodied. Tasting notes from 11/2011.
gnoff (7954) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at CBC Denver, April 10 2014.
Also marked "Anniversary Ale".
Very dark brown color, tan head. Sweet, malty, roasted scent. Sweet, roasted, raisin taste. Raisin, roasted aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Ferris (4760) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Bittersweet chocolate and roast malts. Jet black with a huge rich beige head. Roasted malts, chocolate abs some spice. Nice and rich with a great mouthfeel.
drjay44 (2708) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml. bottle. ABV 8.5%, 55 IBU’s, 2014, per the label. Pours a medium, well retained beige head, with some lacing, over an almost opaque dark brown (SRM 30) body....nose is roasted malts, with chocolate, coffee, minimal hops, minimal esters....taste is light sweet to start, with light toffee/caramel tones, then stronger roasted malts, with coffee, chocolate note, leading to a moderate bitter finish....mouth feel, body slightly heavy of medium, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, slightly acid on finish. This is a pleasant beer and is obviously an Imperial Stout, because it is too sweet to be a heavy Robust Stout. It is rather simple in its presentation, and lacks many of the more complex aromas and flavors often found. Specifically, dried fruit notes are absent, and body could be a bit heavier. Adding more crystal/caramel malts might help, and perhaps elevating fermentation temperature, and/or changing yeast might create a better beer. BJCP 8/3/15/4/6
FriendOfBeer (92) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate, roasted malt, bready taste. Boozy sweet aftertaste. Light carbonation, light mouthfeel. Good stout, however nothing stands out.
---Rated via Beer Buddy
ben4321 (4066) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: Draft at Ginger Man-Houston, 1/13/14
Aroma: The aroma is heavy malt, caramel, chocolate, molasses, and some roast
Appearance: This one pours a darker brownish color with a small beige head
Flavor: The taste is much the same, heavy malty and some boozy flavor mostly
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has a sticky feel, some heat, and thicker finish
I thought this was a pretty tasty one. It is on the hotter side, but it isn’t over-the-top boozy. I enjoyed it.