brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: This is a great looking imperial stout: black in color with a nice mocha colored foam.
S: The smell has the usual cast of characters: roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. There is also a nice hoppiness that I find enjoyable in the porter and stout that Sierra Nevada makes.
T: Like the nose, but more intense. Absolutely wonderful roasted malt character, which helps to bring out the chocolate and coffee flavors a bit more. The hops are still there, but a bit more subdued.
M: A bit disappointing in terms of the mouthfeel. The beer was a bit thin, but still overall quite good. I enjoyed the bitter finish this one left.
D: I was amazed at how quickly I flew through my glass of this. Absolutely amazingly drinkable for the alcohol level and the style. I wish this one was more common, I’d order it all the time.
bhensonb (12959) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c as Beer Camp 6 from the shop at SN. Pours black with a 4 finger creamy tan head (tulip glass). Aroma is mostly coffee. Full bodied. Flavor strongly suggests bacon and coffee. It’s a little sweet, and there’s a good dose of hoppy bitter. Chocolate develops with some time. It’s just plain mouth smacking. Another brilliant ale.
argo0 (12508) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle, thanks nmann08. Medium beige head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some orange/earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some alcohol, light roast.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and cardboard. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, grain, noticeable oxidation, and caramel malt.
BeerandBlues2 (11055) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by nmann08. Pours opaque with a medium, creamy tan head with medium retention and good lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate and roast malt, raisins and prunes with earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with fruity esters, medium hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL thanks to nmann08. Towering tan head with powerful retention atop black SRM. 360 sheets of lace. Perfumey and floral nose with sweet orange and lemon bitters. Small lavender and mild brine. Taste is dark chocolate, exceptionally silky with big ass spicy and waxy dark chocolate. Oh yes. Ultra waxy dark chocolate palate with big ass bitterness to balance. Huge imperial stout.
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j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rattle n Hum during their Sierra Nevada event. Pours black , clean with a thick tan head. Roast, coffee, chocolate. Smells like a brew day. Big chocolate and coffee notes, lots of roast. Dry and smooth, roast and char go a long way. Lots of char and a bit of warm alcohol on the finish.
BMan1113VR (7911) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2012 On tap at Beachwood. Pours with a black body and nice lace from the tan head. Aroma of autolysis, soy, umami, chocolate and vanilla. Taste of chocolate and vanilla bread pudding. Light carbonation.
Re-rate: Bottle. Pours with a nearly black hued body with a tan head. Aromas are of cocoa, marmalade, yeasty, chocolate, anise and licorice. Flavors are of chocolate, fudge, cocoa, and licorice. Medium bitter with moderate carbonation and a fuller body.
SudsMcDuff (7259) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had as Beer Camp #6 .. . 750ml bottle, corked .. . pours a jet black ( jet black? are black jets that black) .. . good foam .. . white wurst .. . tar and burnt to a crisp sugar .. . mild mouth .. . good brew, easy enough to put away .. . . my hat!.. my spine!.. my dignity!!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a lightly sweet toasty dark caramel and chocolate nose with a touch of nuts. Starts with average fullness and pretty good dark malty sweetness with some dark chocolate and bittersweet coffee before a drier roasty finish. A decent imperial stout, but could use some more complexity.
Earlier Rating: 2/24/2010 Total Score: 4.2
On cask at San Diego Real Ale Fest, Carlsbad (6/12/09): Aroma of lightly sweet roasty dark chocolate malt and lots of fresh resiny piny hops. Pours an oily opaque with a large, creamy, well-lacing tan head. Starts with good fullness and rich dark caramel and chocolate flavor with some crisp grapefruity hoppy bitterness before a drier, slightly earthy roasty bittersweet finish. A well-hopped enjoyable imperial stout. I’d like to see them bottle this for distribution.