chickenflea (350) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL shared by my good friend Jason. Thanks bro! I have high expectations from this one due to its packaging and pedigree. I am not disapponted. The appearance is typical imperial stout: black body, foamy, dark tan head. The aroma is also typical for the style, but with a distinctive American slant. Itís super roasty with espresso notes all over the place and very assertive hops. Also in the bouquet are fruitier notes buried under hints of leather, molasses, pine, and espresso. The flavor is simply beautiful. Even bittersweet cacao flavors provide a vessel for sharp, roasty espresso; dark fruits, pine, leather. The finish is colored by an ashy woodiness with lingering bitterness. The finish was one of the longest I have had. This beer just keeps on giving. This is a world class take on the style. Thanks, Sierra Nevada, for keeping the faith.
beertholomeus (1061) - California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a tan head. Rich chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, soy sauce and hop aroma. Rich chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, hop, soy sauce, smoke and anise flavors. Full body and average carbonation. Mild oxidation. Chocolate, roasted malt and soy sauce finish. 2010.
chinchill (2621) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[From nots.] This black stoutís opaque body supports a nice tan head.
Aroma: Dark roasted and near butnt malts with hints of coffee and molasses.
Taste: Rich and moderately complex flavor. Primary flavor is certainly from the dark roasted malts, which bring more smokiness and less coffee that expected based on the aroma. A nice contribution of hops adds complexity and bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Light carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel is not as creamy as ideal, but that might require nitro.
O: A high quality imperial stout, no doubt. While not strongly smoky, I donít care for smokiness in most beers and enjoyed this one a little less because of it. Pushs the border on dark roasting without actually crossing over into the burnt range.
bytemesis (4071) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Stawn! Pours inky black, medium super creamy brown head, lasts a long time and laces well. Aroma is roasty with notes of chocolate, anise, and a bit of smokiness. Flavor follows, lots of anise and chocolate in the body, dark roasted malts lend a smoky flavor as well. Light plus sweet, medium bitter. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. This is an interesting take on the style and a really nice beer.
tricyclist (994) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large sample pour, fairly black, with almost no head. Nose is fully roasted and dark, some burnt coffee notes. Flavor is similar, fairly roasted throughout, not quite burnt. Dark coffee again. Not bad for four years old. Not overly oxidized.
cobaink2 (148) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bold coffee notes with a little bit of chocolate and a funky backend that I can not put my finger on. Seems that with time the coffee notes really shine through.
teorn88 (3545) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Backlog rating. Keg at CBC Islington tap takeover, London. It pours a deep black color with a small beige head. Aroma is bold with roasted malts, cocoa powder, vanilla bean, leather and wood. Taste is quite sweet with dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, wood, roasted malts and slight alcohol kick. Overall, top notch impy
alexsdad06 (6540) - Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared with drsordr. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee blends well with everything, medium plus body, solid drinking straight forward stout.
drsordr (1380) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pours opaque black with thick tan head. Nose light roast, milk chocolate, faint mineral, molasses. Taste slight muted but similar to nose. More bakers chocolate in flavor. Late palate mild bitter. Chocolate on the finish. Nice mouth feel.
radiomgb (2460) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in colour, thin beige head, light lacing.
Aroma is roasty, some burnt malts, some sweetness, dark chocolate.
Flavour is of chocolate, light caramel, some hops, roasted malts.
Roasty mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation.
Finishes sweet, roasty, long.
Nice stout, good roast.
punkska101 (1119) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2014 Bottle shared with the crazy bunch a: dark chocolate, roasty, caramel app: pitch black beige head t/p: full body with long bitter finish. O: excellent. Like the maltiness and nice chocolatiness. Well brewed and highly recommend