GT2 (7707) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
355mL thanks to blutt59. Deep mahogany pour with a healthy, mocha head diminishes quickly. Thick formation. No lace. Nose is quite nice: cedar, piney hops, cocoa, vanilla, small red apples, savory iodine/nori, big kalamata olives. Taste is silky, richer, nice cedar component, bitter hoppiness. Very soft palate with excellent bitter dark chocolate to balance. The right direction for this style. Silky and hoppy rather than super sweet maple and vanilla adjunct. Good stuff.
DalzAle (1898) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to CLevar. Dark brown pour, lasting lacing and an aroma of chocolate and raisins. Flavor is also chocolate, some green peppers and slightly boozy. Thanks Caleb!
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hopper, thanks! Dark brown pour with a light brown/mocha head, diminishing, with no lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, light smoke. Taste is light roast, lots of coffee, bitter chocolate, slight hop character lending a nice bitterness to the back end. Slightly thin for the style. Not bad.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Mora2000, thanks Bill! Pours a black body with a thin, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is roasty with a good amount of piney hops along with some molasses and chocolate malts. Some bitter cocoas and citruses along with a touch of anise. Flavor is similar. Roasty up front with a medium sweet molasses and chocolate malt as well as a good amount of piney hops. Some citrus comes in during the middle as well as some anise and wood. Piney hops kick it up a bit at the end as well as the roast as this dries with a medium-high bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a highly hopped, but well balanced imperial stout. Good amount of roasts and a bit of a molasses/chocolate sweetness balances well. Pretty easy drinking and really enjoyable.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a small mocha-colored head that fades to a small ring. Aroma of dark chocolate, moderate fudge, anise, citrus, toffee, wood, and an underlying roast. Pleasing nose. Flavor has the anise and citrusy hops upfront with dark chocolate, bitter coffee (Italian roasts?), wood, chargrill, and an assertive alcohol presence. Finishes with espresso and sambuca, and lingering earth and roast. Pretty full bodied but the carbonation is prickly and the mouthfeel just isn’t that wholesome. Still, this is a sound imperial stout with plenty to like and a good balance of elements.
pantanap (3335) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 liter growler contributed by vanvips, thanks curt... Pours a deeper shade of stout with reddish brown tinges and topped with a creamy light beige head... Aroma of roast and cocoa chocolate, semi-sweet with dark fruit cmin through late... Smooth creamy consistency with notes of chocolate, mild roast, and dark fruit components. Nice, light fluffy mouthfeel. Pretty easy going.
AmEricanbrew (5514) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color with tan sheen. Rich milk chocolate, dark roast malt, dark coffee aromas. Smooth medium full body with soft co2. Very nice medium sweet chocolate fudge, with deep roast malt, mild char flavors--very good
Fratto (2504) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Dr. Jeckyll’s. Dark pour with a light brown head. Aroma is licorice, roasted, and chocolate. Taste is lots of roast, alcohol, licorice, and even more big ass roast.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours tar black with a small, creamy, beige head. Decent retention. The aroma is full of caramel and dark chocolate with hints of blackberries and black cherries. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Balanced nicely, the flavor offers fruity cherries, blackberries and raspberries swimming in rich, bittersweet dark chocolate. Finishes quite roasty and moderately bitter. The berry esters are a real treat here! Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy!
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2011
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
bottle... dark brown beer, watery tan head, no retention but ok lacing... the aroma is severely lacking, wet grains, wet roast, skunk, toast, not a good start... the taste is equally lacking, watery cigarette ash, harsh... don’t bother