bigguns22 (747) - Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is cool large tan head that sticks to glass. Dark brown to black in color. Sweet and bitter. Yeast and a wine note with a little chocolate.
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a dark amber with a small beige head that lasts awhile. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet raisin malt and light roast with sweet finish. A good Imperial stout,
nearbeer (4391) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2012 750 ml. bottle. Opaque black with a small ring of bubbles. Nose is sour berries and cocoa. Taste is tart blackberry, dates, plums, coffee, clove and hints of oak and cocoa. Medium-heavy body has medium carbonation and is well balanced, with a well hidden 9%.
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, oak, chocolate, fruity. Taste is sweet, chocolate, spicy, oak, roasted malt. The dk fruit flavor came out more as the beer warmed up. A nice tasty beer, nice lacing. Thanks for another tasty beer Mr. Koch.
BadAprilia1000 (379) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Okay, first off this is not a stout. It’s a sour with stout/chocolate sweet notes,
Aroma is of dates/cherries, chocolate, with a note of medium roast coffee. Definitely strong on the dried fruit. I feel like this is primarily a Belgian style ale with notes of a stout. All of the flavors they describe are there.This tastes like sour chocolate. I love the aroma........
danrcook (25) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful bottle. Hints of sherry, oak, sweet vanilla as well as dark chocolate. Good foam and great finish. Smooth dark ale.
gregwilsonstl (1569) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smells like oak. Raisens. Some chocolate. Dark brown. I was expecting better. Slight sour like cherry. Very cool bottle.
VikingWrath (1) - North Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2012 does not count
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sam Adams should do better. Given the cost of this beer was expecting something not so shallow and without flavor. This is like drinking Storm King when mixed with water. Very sub par beer. Shame on you Sam Adams.
BeerStallion (5) - - DEC 16, 2012 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber into pint glass.
A: Dark brown with reddish edges. A little bit of light pass through and a light tan head.
S: Weak aroma of rum raisin, toffee, coffee, and chocolate. Light fruit notes, dates or tart cherries.
T: Deep sweet barleywine with a presence of alcohol, chocolate, cherry or cranberry, and a bit of metallic oak.
M: Medium carbonation gets flushed out by the tart, sweet attack of the fruit. The fruit lingers long after the chocolate leaves.
O: less sweet than the criminally bad elf (recent tried). A decent barleywine but sweeter than I would have liked. Would do again at 9% though.
ads135 (3702) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
When compared to other, better Oaked Imperial Stouts. In fact, the oak in this beer is more of an off-flavor than anything else. I’m glad I had this at a tasting as I wouldn’t have to drink the entirety of the bottle. Tried at the winter beer tasting in Dec. 2012. Courtesy of Brandon.