dfinney23 (2391) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown with a finger of mocha head. Caramel and chocolate aroma. Taste is more of the same with more cocoa plus a bit of smoke. Dry, slightly chalky finish.
lukemcg (8) - Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2015 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Somewhat dry, with nice carbonation, dark black appearance and coffee notes.
cards04 (2466) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with whisky mocha head. Aromas of toasted malts, anise, and molasses. Definitely some smoky flavors going on with this one. A touch of sour and sweet too. Nice mouth feel. Solid stout.
3fourths (8788) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2014 Bottle undated. Dark brown near black with a lasting brown head. Dark chocolate and inky char in the nose, yeast gives it a faint milk powder chalkiness but it’s otherwise clean smelling. Pleasant aroma hops show up more with warmth, giving the nose a nice herb / pepper character. Medium body, moderately sweet approach, effervescence and acid cutting the sugar well. Frothy and rich carbonation, dark chocolate expression from the malt is surprisingly good; lasting cocoa bitterness in a savory, dry, salty finish worthy of gulps. Rock solid mouthfeel and flavor balance, if only the nose were more expressive.
M82 (426) - Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black body beneath a creamy, tight, two inch, frothy crowned head falling slowly to a solid sheet, thick ring, and thick arcing peninsulas of lace with leopard accents
Well attenuated and balanced aromas and flavors full of black coffee, restrained tingling citrus-pine hops and belgian esters, dark berry nuances with layers of lean caramel and smoke flowing through on a smooth, drying medium body offering residuals of smokey dark chocolate with vanilla, citrus rind, and grass, a light tact builds as the first serving finishes out
Solid complexity with just enough richness to offer depth and balance the dry, bitter qualities, keeping this one drinkable and interesting, well done
22oz bottle 2014 served at 55° into 13.25 oz Luigi Bormioli brandy snifter
Skyhawk (2) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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slowrunner77 (7860) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
absolutely beautiful beer...dark as night with a big dense cocoa colored head. flavor are feel are intensely dry. Yeast is prominent, though heavy roast and dark fruit also come through. Solid Belgian Imperial.
John127 (1) - - JUL 16, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth real nice chocolate, smoky taste. Nice Belgian yeast nose, rich flavors, sweet, semi-dry finish.
Ferris (8937) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Roast malts and molasses. Jet black with a decent beige head. Molasses, sweet dark chocolate. And a sweet/sour finish.
stevoj (3106) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating.