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.
jgb9348 (5169) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich, deep dark brown coloured body with hints of pure plack and a super large, slightly dense lighter brown head - showing some microfoam. Aroma of prunes, raisins, plums, earth, roasted malt, light cocoa and a touch of alcohol - more of a porter smell than an imperial stout. Full-bodied; Assertive effervescence with a deep roasty malt flavour, some subtle nuts and cream flavours with vanilla and prunes very noticeable. Aftertaste shows more of the pitted fruits with plums, apricots and even concord grapes coming through with a large malt note and some cream near the end with all the bubbles still hanging around. Overall, this is definitely more of a Baltic Porter than an Imperial Stout, and it’s not a bad beer overall, just keep expectations in check and you’ll be okay - not worth searching out for nor cellaring for a long time - it would probably explode in a few more years time, given the carbonation now at a single year. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Central Market in Austin, Texas on 06-May-2014 for US$6,99 sampled at home in Washington, just a few hours before leaving for Texas again on 31-August-2015.
jbruner (3031) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask with cocoa nibs and mint sampled at ACAT 2015. Pours a deep black with bubbly tan head. Aroma of big roast over dark chocolate and earth. Taste follows with a nice cocoa finish, no real mint there for me. Good balance and light bitterness, thick mouth, soft carbonation, solid stout.
Brandon1989 (437) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black with a thick khaki head that left a lot of lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malts, sugar, coffee, chocolate. The taste is very similar to the aroma. Great beer.
GTAEgeek (1532) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at ACAT. Pours black, with a bubbly, brown head. Nice aroma of coffee and bitter chocolate. Cinnamon and molasses follow. Sweet, with almost perfect hop balance. Heavy body, sticky, and surprisingly dry. This is an excellent stout!
Cybercat (4167) - Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque coffee brown with a decent light tan head. Aroma has roast malt, chocolate, nutty, and earthy notes. Flavor rolls roast malt, chocolate, caramel, and earthy tones across the palate. Texture is firm and smooth, if not too fizzy. Get snowed in - just don’t get too "snowed."
Travlr (16791) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Almost completely black, brown head with good retention. Aroma of licorice, cherries, coffee, chocolate. Taste has cocoa, toffee, burnt espresso. Nice body. Delicious, complex, characterful.
Brigadier (3290) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle
Doing a side by side of the original release with a bottle from the next year shows that three years seems to be the sweet spot before this starts to slip. Before that point you should experience a solid imperial stout that borders on sweet like an amped up oatmeal winter warmer.
Aroma / Appearance - A ivory head bobs above the ruby red base. At its core the beer retains a deep black heart. Dark malty tea, rich thick malts, and oated coffee hang out with a laid back feel that comes for a few years of cellaring.
Flavor / Palate - Coffee and malts cling to the corners of the palate with sweetness. Fresh tea leaves warm the throat as the experience carries to a clean bitter finish. Unlike big imperial stouts this feels more refreshing than harsh. For 10% ABV it certainly drinks like less. Thanks to the trader(s) who sent me the bottles.
RickTStiles (826) - 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 (5638) - 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 (1005) - 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.