dlovell2 (531) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown color with tan head. Sweet rich malty aroma. Sweet roasted malt flavor. Piney spruce flavor. Then molasses finish.
puboflyons (1808) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 22 fl. oz. bottle dated July 19. Not quite sure what that means. The pour is jet black with a large, foamy beige head. The aroma is of dark malts, roasted chocolate, spruce, and only a hint of pumpkin. The body is bold and creamy. The taste is just warm and balanced with all of the expected notes from a good stout and a milder IPA. Nothing quite like this one.
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Fred. Thanks Fred. This is a good beer. Very seasonal. Spicy and good. It’s a nice match for the impieral Stout. Go find yourself some!
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, creamy tan head. Aroma of smoked pine trees! Some citrusy hops too. Flavor is hoppy up front, light lactose, maybe a hint of cooked pumpkin. Finishes with an alcohol warmth. This is pretty damn good. Would get a higher score if it was from a "cult" brewery.
bdgf06 (19) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Prepare yourself. This is unlike any fall or Octoberfest beer you will ever try. Light on pumpkin and other flavors, this uses spruce and an imperial stout style to attack. Great aromas and character at the finish but not for everyone. If you want different get this!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BeerandBlues2 (8984) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a large, frothy beige head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate and coffee malt, earthy notes, spruce, dates and prunes with nutmeg. Flavor is moderate bitterness, dark fruits, spices, dark malt and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
craftycarl21 (2115) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extremely dark brown pour with a beautiful, thick, tan head. Aroma holds chocolate and roasted malt, sweet pumpkin spice, creamy nougat, caramel, and a touch of evergreen hop. Flavor brings a lot more of the spruce hop out that mixes quite nicely with the roasted malt. The sweet malt presence and pumpkin comes through as well. This is quite a tasty imperial stout- not as complex or full as the top tier of the style, but really good flavor and definitely one of the best efforts coming out of Vermont (excepting HIll Farmstead, which has placed itself head and shoulders above). Palate isn’t super rich, but still holds some good body. Nice genuine brew!
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bottle. Was my palate off last night? I hated one of the best reviewed ciders on the site and really enjoyed an Imperial Stout in the 5th percentile for its style. Anyway...while the nose was quiet on this and a bit soft in roasted character, the flavors lived. A dark, dark brown was the color, with a good finger of cocoa-colored head. Flavors were balanced and played well. Nice bright roast, a tiny bit of caramelized squash flesh and a slightly deodorant-like spruce twinge, however, not overwhelming or punishing. I expected something over-sweet, over-spiced, and over-alcoholic, but got a restrained reasonable mildly nuanced interesting seasonal stout. I appreciated that it didn’t have the overbearing density and booziness of more popular examples of the style, while still packing in a lot of flavor for a relatively drinkable example. Rock Art surprised me here.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and some nice spruce tips. Earthy and roasted, light sweetness, really no hint of pumpkin spice at all. Dark brown, almost black pour with a nice tan head. The flavor starts roasty, moves through some nice dark chocolate, bitter with light sweetness, nice spruce tip notes in the finish. Bitter and roasty with hints of pumpkin meat here and there. Nice and interesting.
Strykzone (4377) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of Daknole. This beer pours an almost black hue with a short lasting tan head. I wish the aroma were bigger. It is pumpkin and coffee with dark fruit. Flavor only offers a bit of pumpkin and more a big stout. Some nice pine hops that add only a smidge of bitterness. The feel is smooth and rich. Plenty of malt in this baby. It is sweet with a unique kind of spiciness, perhaps it is the pumpkin. This is a delicious and big stout and an underrated one.