OKplus (673) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle served into a Great Divide Pint Glass.
A - Pitch black with an espresso head that retains very well. The bubbles form a dense collar with wispy cap patterns and very nice lacing.
S - Toasted chocolate malt, fruity alcohol, roasted coffee, pine hop resin, minerals, bready yeast comes out as it warms.
T - Toasted malts, creamy milk chocolate, berry fruit, creamy coffee, green pine hops provide a solid, oily bitterness, raspberry tartness on the finish.
M - Super fuzzy and creamy carbonation, tart cocoa bite. dry finish.
A great looking brew. Very dense and yeasty aroma with tangy chocolate and coffee beans. Drinks good with some fruity tartness on the finish. I would buy this again.
Serving type: bottle
italianjohn (2149) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a tan head .... aroma is roasted and of light licorice, earthy and chocolate..... Taste is of light licorice, chocolatey, roasted with a bitter earthy hop and dark fruits .... roasted and chocolatey soft overtones on the mouthfeel it is full bodied, slick and oily ... Abv hidden well ... typical solid imperial stout finishes dry and with a lingering bitter hop and roasted bite.
olr1984 (712) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle Pours pitch black with tad head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Taste better as it warms. Chocolate vanilla and roasted malt
Johnsense (600) - - MAR 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour, huge head. Roasty aroma, cocoa, fudge, subtle woodiness. Taste of Cocoa, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, subtle vanilla, slightly charred wood. A bit too sweet for me. Nice effort, though it took a bit for flavours other than chocolate to come through.
glennmastrange (2030) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of toasted dark bread and chocolate, with spruce-y hops, moderate dough for the yeast, and vanilla and alcohol in the background. Head is tiny, frothy/fizzy, brown with spotty lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is almost black. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a soft carbonation and a chewy and sticky on the lips finish. Very nicely done. This Imperial Stout is unique without it missing any of the necessary attributes of the style.
jgb9348 (4285) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black body with a two centimetre tall lighter brown head - viscous as hell with a few bubbles noticeable. Aroma of pungent roasted malt, a bit of peat, earth, milk and bunches upon bunches of prunes, raisins and pit fruits. Full-bodied; Deep roasty flavour with a lot of malt, some milk, a hint of earth and a decent amount of peat and other smoked notes, along with soy sauce noticeable. Aftertaste shows hints of sweetness, but mostly a bittering malty flavour that persists and permeates some lactic and medicinal flavours afterwards. Overall, not a horrible imperial stout, but not showing enough complexity and enough sweet and classy notes to make this great. Still, nice to try, along with most other longshot series beers. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 01-August-2012 for US$8.99/six pack sampled at home in Upstate New York on 28-December-2012.
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.
An outstanding appearance. The beer is black with an inch of dense beige head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.
The aroma brings chocolate, roast, molasses, anise, some sweet malt.
The flavor is sweet, focusing on molasses and anise. Roast and chocolate come in next, and a touch of booze finishes things off.
Medium bodied with a creamy feel.
Overall, pretty good. Some really nice things going on here, but overall, a little too sweet for my personal preference.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-19-2012
JDBaker11058 (1067) - Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: near black, with purplish highlights and a surprisingly large dark brown, almost purple head. Aroma: licorice, molasses, chocolate, coffee, peat bog, and chocolate. Taste: bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, brewer’s licorice, molasses, and a bit of smoke, with some nearly hidden piney hop character. Finish: boozy, slightly sweet, with a bit of a syrupy tang. Notes: Usually Russian Imperial Stouts are a little too strong for my tastes, but this one was just restrained enough that it remained a massive beer while still being approachable in flavor and palate. Of the Long-Shot Sixer this year, this was my favorite.
redtechnj (175) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance- Deep thick black with a fluffy brown head. Nice lacing and long lasting.
Aroma- Deep, rich roasted chocolate, Sweetness
Flavor- Dark, semi-sweet chocolate, big roasted malt, just the right amount of hops,nice caramel sweetness. Avery well rounded Imperial stout.
Shakesbeere (212) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark coffee brown with a persistent dark hazelnut brown head. Nice aroma. Smells of brown sugar, dark fruit (cherry), and roasted caramel malt -- complex, though not as complex as some other imperial stouts. Taste starts out rich, sweet, and malty with lots of roasted and toasted malts, toffee, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee flavors. Toward the middle, the taste begins to turn bitter with an increasing hint of dark fruit. Finishes on a balanced note. Aftertaste is malty. Palate doesn’t have the engine oil thickness that some similar imperial stouts manage. Overall, a very good and enjoyable beer. Not the best in its class, but it is solid.