bennetj17 (10) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black color, with hints of light about the edges. Not really thick or viscous looking for stout. Leaves a thin tan foam after pour, but doesn’t last long. Straight up coffee aroma, sweet, but lacks depth and is a bit one dimensional perhaps.
Flavor has a bit more roasted bitterness than the smell suggests, but I’m not sure it stacks up against the cloying sweetness of vanilla/cola like malt. The coffee taste is somewhat heavy, almost like it dominates the overall flavor instead of complementing the beer. There isn’t much contrast from start to finish in the sip either. Alcohol seems pretty mild actually, not really understanding the "Imperial" title here. Moderately thick body, decent carbonation.
Overall a slight disappointment. Not a well refined Coffee Stout, and a little too sweet. Considering the abundance of options in the Coffee beer arena these days, this one will be easily forgotten.
zoucrew102 (1088) - - JUL 12, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can. Very strong, robust coffee aroma with very light hints of chocolate. Pours black with a decent light brown head with ok retention and lacing. Starts with a a lot of roasted coffee flavors with a tiny hint of chocolate. Finishes smooth but still uber heavy if the roast coffee flavors that assault the palate with coffee. Good for the coffee lover, I would guess but for anyone else a heavy barrage of coffee was definitely not my favorites.
bluejacket74 (1676) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce can that one of my friends gave to me. No date that I can find on it. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch tan head that stayed around for a bit. There’s also a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like coffee but there’s also some burnt/charred malt, caramel and some bittersweet chocolate noticeable. For the most part I think the taste is pretty much like the aroma, but there’s also some vanilla flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s smooth and easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good coffee stout. Glad I got to try it, but also disappointed I won’t get to try this again soon since Santa Fe Brewing doesn’t distribute here. Definitely worth picking up if you come across some!
drjay44 (3159) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Pours a medium, well retained, beige head, with hints of lacing, over a clear dark brown black (SRM 40) body......nose is heavy coffee, hints of cocoa chocolate, minimal herbal hops, balance to the coffee and roasted malts.....taste is lightly sweet, with heavy coffee, cocoa, chocolate, finishing with light hop but heavy coffee bitterness.....mouth feel, medium body, slight alcohol warmth, carbonation creates creaminess. This is quite overly dominated by the remarkably heavy coffee. The result is a very simple coffee flavored beer. None of the other elements in an Imperial Stout are allowed to come out. No fruits, no hops, no toffee/caramel, no umami, just coffee. BJCP 6/3/11/5/5
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Blackish beer with a brown head. Coffee and light caramel aroma. Caramel and coffee flavor with light fruitiness. Medium bodied. Coffee and caramel lingers with light fruitiness.
jmsloderb (4) - USA - MAY 2, 2015 does not count
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tried it in a can at Brookside Art Annual. It has a great coffee flavor, I could see myself drinking it in the morning once in awhile. Finds a good balance with the heaviness.
Marheb (3877) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Une bonne tasse d’espresso avec un chocolat noir fondant. L’astringence est ferme au départ mais s’atténue avec le temps. Très vif et enraciné ce café.
lawman834 (266) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Entering from my scorecard after having sampled at the Big Texas Craft Brew Fest.
TheEpeeist (3667) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz can. Dark brown with tan foam. Nose is coffee bean, char, Baker’s chocolate and black licorice. Creamy almost full body with a roasty tang. Taste is big on coffee bean with vanilla, raisin, juniper and brownie.
ttoadee (1110) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
jey black pour, tan head. Nose is coffee, coco, little alcohol. Bittersweet. Middle is more soft coco, creamy malt, espresso. Finish is dark malt, woody hops.