screigh (481) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours completely black with the thinnest of tan heads. Aroma is roasty, malty and sweet. Very roasty taste with chocolate, coffee and maybe some licorice. Mouthfeel is very full and creamy.
cbfobes (2601) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours black with a nice light brown head and spotty lacing, aroma has a decent amount of chocolate mixed with roasted malt, the flavor has a sweet front end with cocoa and sweet chocolate in the finish, the abv is slightly tasted in the finish, wanted a little more out of the mouthfeel of it, all around a nice addition to the seasonal brews from SN, will probably pick up at least one 4 pack a year.
jrob21 (2739) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A surprisingly easy to drink 10 percent beer. Lots of cocoa and chocolate goodness. A little bit of bittersweet coffee on the back end that sticks with you for a while. Nice tan head adds some creaminess to the experience. Pretty decent from start to finish although lacking some of the complexity and depth of the marquee names here. This is a solid easy to get impy stout.
boxofrane (2294) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mariís. Itís amazing how many ratings have hit this beer so quickly. Pours pitch black with a small tan head that quickly dissipates to a tan film with a few bubbles. The alcohol legs are definitely present. The aroma has a lot of roasted characteristic, some lactic notes, some booze. the taste is big and roasty, a good coffee hit, some dark chocolate, and warm rush as you swallow. You can feel the warmth but not taste is. Really good - very impressed.
Tmoney99 (11351) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sweet chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a solid beer.
Thisis12ptfont (908) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Faint aromas of chocolate, barley and leafy hops. Jet black with a maroon tint. Nicely blended coffee, toffee heavily roasted cocoa and caramel upfront with a thick and massive finish leaving the palate with notes of raisins, oats, molasses, resin and fudge. Overall, a big malty monster of a beer with a full body and complex flavors. Iíd give this an A+ rating. Great job SN.
fauxpunker (76) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: All malt here. Chocolate most prominent with a touch of vanilla. Nothing over powering but definitely enjoyable.
A: Pours black with quickly dissipating dark tan/brown head. Appears heavy but not thick or syrupy.
T: The chocolate taste is there as well as some vanilla. Really nice roastiness and bitterness in there, not acrid or over powering at all. Slight taste of alcohol on the finish, but not really biting. Very nice balance.
P: Nice and full. Not as thick or chewy as I was expecting. Low carbonation and clean.
O: Truly enjoyed drinking this.Great to sit back and sip. And for the price, a really nice buy. Nice warming from the alcohol making for a pleasant cold weather drink. Would definitely get this again.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This divine stout has a full, gorgeous, medium-brown head... and it keeps a thin, but healthy, dark-cream colored head throughout. The lacing is epic, with dark brown patches running through the lacing, defining its depth like a topographical map. Light carbonation keeps the ring of foam around the edge of the glass full, while the pitch blackness beneath beckons you to dive in.
Its aroma is of heavy, roasted, malty, slightly chocolately, but mostly (simply) some dark, heavy and strong-flavored fermentables like molasses and a heavily-stained wooden table from a random English pub. At first I mistook some of this character for hops, and if so, theyíre blending well with the rest of the beer. The nose reminds me of something fresh from a brewery. Damn good.
In the mouth, the unique malt profile and definite bitterness in the finish define its hefty presence in the mouth. Enjoyed fresh, itís a little hard to pull apart the ingredients. Definite roasted malts couple with the sharp, heavy molasses-like flavor, then almost immediately a combination of roasted malt bitterness and hop bitterness consumes your tongue. Hints of coffee echo after everything else has departed. Thereís little room for the alcohol content to have much of an effect on the flavor, but it peeks its head out to fill gaps and help decorate the experience. Itís full and smooth in the mouth, silky and warm.
I wouldnít expect anything less from Sierra Nevada. Iím actually surprised that they hadnít put an imperial stout into their regular lineup yet. If they do, Iíd say this beer is close to worthy. Although itís good, I think they could do better. You donít want to make something completely traditional, and even more importantly, you want to make something unique that is not only a defining rep for your brewery, but also enjoyable and is worthy of a name like Sierra Nevada. Itís a nice imperial stout... but I wonít be done with a full review (and opinion) on this until I review it at one and two years of age.
craftbeerdesign (2197) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle. pours black with a small tan head. big roasted malt nose with some sweet notes. med to full body with thick layers of cocoa, coffee, roast, oats and sweet honey. incredibly smooth finish with more chocolate notes, dark fruits and dry flaked oats. outstanding!
CanIHave4Beers (3427) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours basically black with a small-ish but well retained head with lots of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is lots of dark chocolate, plenty of roastiness, and some light blueberry and faint smoke. In many ways aspects of this beer are not unlike a good mocha.... just not as sweet smelling.
The flavor is bold and bitter. The sweetness level for a beer of this kind is very low but there is some fruity kind of blueberry like flavor in there. The beer has a big roasty character almost like Ethiopian Coffee. The beer is not especially boozy, but has a big huge mouthfeel at the same time.
There is a whole lot "right" about this beer & it seems pretty suited for ageing, I should get a hold of some bottles.