Drake (8706) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours clear very dark brown such that little light permeates it. Large dark brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, toasted notes and piney hops. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a tart note, cocoa and a hoppy finish. Medium bodied. Nice.
SDalkoholic (2173) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop: Poured a dark blackish brown liquid with a firm layer of tan colored head. Aroma is soft considering this is an Imperial stout weighing in around the 9% mark, but the smell is more timid than usual and I only pick up on a couple of things such as roasted malts and a hint of cocoa powder or perhaps chocolate milk. The flavor is similar except for a smack of alcohol taste and burn that wasn’t concealed by the weak flavor of roast malts. Meeh.
shrubber85 (7865) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cinnamon, chocolate malt aroma - kind of like a cinnamon roll. Oil black with thin brown head. Sweet chocolate malt, cinnamon, and moderately bitter herbal hops and light astringency. Smooth. Nice, drinkable beer.
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, almost black color, thick with minimal head. Aroma is sweet and roasty, some caramel noted. Taste is heavy sweet malt but balanced out nicely by high alcohol taste and some bitterness. The beer really fills you up and has a long sweet malty finish. Good example of an imperial stout.
SSSteve (3805) - - MAR 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. one of the thickest, darkest pours i think i’ve seen. medium sized dark brown head. roasty, toasted nose. flavor has hints of brown sugar sweetness and bitter nuts blended with black roasted malt. more sweetness would bring this beer out even more. kind of salty and leathery. missing a middle. full body with moderate carbonation.
notalush (4959) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black pour with one of the darkest tan heads I have ever seen - nose of sweet cream, bitter chocolate, cocoa, light char - creamy mouthfeel - fairly sweet up front, with vanilla and chocolate notes - gets a little spicy through the middle, with some peppery alcohol - notes of anise arrive late, some char, a leathery notes - a little sweet, but follows some of e profile of the classic examples of the style - a pretty good brew.
johnnnniee (2406) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that leaves moderate lace. Smells of licorice, dark fruits, smoke, acridic coffee, a bit of caramel. Taste is quite sweet with lots of dark fruits coming through as well as lots of anise and caramel. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This one reminds me a lot of the regular Sam Adams imperial stout. Its thick and tasty but its missing the heavy roasted grain presence that should be there for the style.
ChainGangGuy (4395) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Part of the Longshot 2012 six-pack - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a black body with a growing, steady, dark tan head. Sporadic lacing on the drop.
Smell: Roasted malt, heavily toasted malt, Dutch cocoa, dried fig, oatmeal, light spice, even lighter alcohol, and a small sprinkling of Morton’s salt.
Taste: Roast, toffee, with plenty of melted chocolate and coffee spiked with spirits. Moderately sweet. Fruitiness of dehydrated figs and black currants. Very low hop character, low bitterness. Faint but noticed salty-ish iodine twang underneath. Puckish pinch of alcohol. Drying, silken, roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel, it’s quite smooth.
Overall: Almost really nice except for a slight salty, iodine quality. If I wanted salty, soy, I’d pop open an old bottle of Triple Bock.
jtclockwork (8776) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of star anise, roast chocolate, black coffee, raisins, dark fruits and molasses. Finishes with anise soaked in alcohol. Full mouth feel.
queenholly (3007) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Molasses, dark roasted malt, chocolate aroma. Black with a small brown head. Anise, charcoal, burnt coffee, molasses flavor with a long dry bitter finish. Overall, I found the flavor a bit harsh.