DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark oily brown with a small light brown head. Very sweet almost fruity fudge aroma, The caramel, lightly roasted malts really dominate the smell. Wow, very sweet flavor for an Imperial Stout too. Molasses, chocolate flavors with very minimal roastiness. Pretty tasty. Nice smooth mouthfeel, maybe a little oily.
suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a thick oily black with a beautiful cinnamon-colored head that hung around for a short while. The aroma was chocolatey with a bit of black coffee as well. Taste was strange/disappointing. There was chocolate mostly with an extremely salty soy sauce type flavor that ruined it for me. A nice dry finish though and not recockulously hopped like some imperial stouts. Decent but ruined by soy sauce : (
njbfr (113) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an oily black with a thick, creamy brown head. Nose is typical coffee and chocolate. Flavor is malt, chocolate, sort of a soy sauce taste with saltiness, and alcohol, followed by a dry coffee bitter finish. Mouthfeel is extremely oily and viscous.
beerbill (3601) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dense black with a large dark brown head that lasted through two-thirds of the glass and laced the glass well. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt with lesser amounts of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is similar with roasted malt and lesser amounts of chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Moderate bitterness at the finish. Full bodied, but just a little rough around the edges with just a bit too much presence from the alcohol. Solid brew.
That1Guy (2191) - Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crushed with Jakebra. Non-offensive but also boring imperial stout. Not much body, some nice roasty, chocoalty flavor, but really not very impressed.
canary dog (727) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very rich nose. Heavy. Taste is complex but the body is less than one would expect from both the style and the flavors initially presented. Seems to get slighly more robust as you drink though the glass. Overall a very decent drink.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours pitch black with tan head. Aroma has chocolate and anise. Heavy body. Flavor is dark roast malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and more anise. This is a well balance brew. I would like to commend the brewer. Very nicely done!
HighlanderOne (1173) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottke. Dark chocolate and firewood in aroma. Poured like oil. Solid black with dark tan head. Flavors include dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, wood, alcohol. Anise present in the back. Very creamy feel, like ice cream. Gets a sticky, heavy feel toward the end. A very good effort.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black pour with moderate tan creamy head. lacing. rich, roasted malts, chocolate, some dark fruits, strong aroma. body is rich and bold. coffee, light chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, hint of almond. nice. I think it will improve with age. kudo’s to Sam Adams.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Andys Corner Bar. Poured a deep dark black in color with a medium off white head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Malty chocolatety roasty aroma. Caramel notes. Roasty chocolatety toffee flavor. Light hop character. Sweet tasting. Finish is bitter. Full bodied. Well balanced. Nice beer.