slowrunner77 (6289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Interesting belgian-ish style stout. Has elements of a stout and a Belgian...light roast, chocolate, dark fruit and spice. The x factor here is Sam Adams special yeast, causing juuuust a bit of twang in the aroma and flavor, and adding a unique level of tart apple like complexity."
kidobutai (454) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. This is a great beer. Poured from a bottle. Great color (dark brown) low head, sharp bourbon flavor, smooth, just the right ABV.
mike5326 (1058) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle. Medium mahogany color, medium off white head. Complex aroma, of fruit, grape and syrup smell. Medium body with a complex flavor and a medium flavor.
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Luvystypotables (874) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
An interesting aroma of spice, Belgian yeast, and a hint of coffee. Dark brown color no head. A sweet taste of spice, banana and coffee with a watery feel and a tart spicy finish.
teemoney (94) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle into chalice. Dark brown color with soapy tan head. Smells of sweet dark fruit and a little spice and belgian yeast. Tastes like it smells, with some oak barrel character as well. A little bit of lingering bitterness. Feel is medium- thin and crisp. So basically, this beer is really just like a belgian quad. I don’t get any of the chocolate/ coffee stout notes that are listed in the description (edit: just tiny bit after it warms a little, but not much). I actually like it though, and I rated it objectively rather than going by the description. I think if they just called it a Dark Belgian Ale it would make more sense.
cfrancis (2594) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is faint chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is light roasted malts, chocolate. I was expecting more complex.
Tonkun (942) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark docter pepper pour with a big off white head. Raisin, spice, oak, cherry chocolate, coffee, dried figs. Medium body. Acidic, sourness throughout. Dried fruits all the way. Nice but not my style
574deadzone (1122) - North Central, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours black/dark brown with a taller khaki head that settles to a thick film/ring and leaves some soapy lace. Nose involves marshmallows soaked in bad wine with a dash of cocoa. Quite sweet, fairly tart, sort of bitter. Full body, soft, oily, finishing oaky and dry. I don’t think I like this very much.
Homer321 (2370) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Keith. Nose is chewy raisins and dried fruit. Pour is a light brown with red highlights. Taste is a dried fruit roll up with raisins and cherry. Actually good.
Darkmagus82 (1898) - - JUN 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown, nearly black color with a one finger head of a thick creamy head of an off white color. The head very slowly fades leaving a fantastic level of thick and foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of a yeasty and banana smell mixed with lots of darker fruit aromas of raisin, plum and fig. Along with these smells comes other more Belgian spice smells with strong notes of clove and coriander and a bit of pepper. A sugary sweet bubblegum aroma and a bit of candied sugar mix with the fruit to create an overall very sweet smell. This sweet however is overall balanced by the presence of some lighter dark chocolate and roasted malt aromas which with the sweet produces a very inviting smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat sour dark fruit flavor as there is a rather strong presence of cherry, raisin, fig and a lemon like taste. Right up front there is also some flavors of a roasted malt and light chocolate nature, which begin stronger, but end up fading more and more as the taste advances. While the roasted and chocolate fade, some yeasty and spice flavors come to the tongue along with more and more sour lemon flavors joining along. While quite weak more toward the middle, the roasted flavors make a resurgence at the end of the taste, bringing along with them some hay and grassy hop flavors. These flavors balance some of the more sour flavors nicely and with some flavors of a light candied sugar and some warming boozy rum flavors coming to the tongue at the end, a mildly bittered and somewhat sour dark fruity and lightly boozy Belgian flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on somewhat thin for a brew of 9 % abv, but not too far off for a Belgian strong dark, while the carbonation level is on the slightly higher side. The feel is rather nice as it mellows the sour a bit with the thinner body and higher carbonation all while still allowing the other more mild dark fruit and malt flavors, as well as the yeast and spice, to come through.
Overall – While listed as an Imperial Stout, I would definitely not classify it as that, but instead as a Belgian strong dark ale. It is fruitier and less roasty with a whole mess of Belgian yeast flavors.
Overall it is alright, but really does not outshine other beers of a comparable style and price.