EithCubes (5215) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fresh 2012 bottle, nose inky coffee black with a touch of sweet plums and molasses, subtle roast, baker’s chocolate, and even getting some mild PNW hop prickle. Dark brown/black pour with a light brown head. Taste moderately bitter and [somewhat too] sweet, resting on a hollow scoop; mild mineral character under light plum and roast, a little hoppier than many impies but nothing like Black Sun or what later developed into Black IPAs. Little bit extra acidity, good deal of cacao but not overly heavy, and there’s very little in the way of coffee. Malts are moderately developed, alcohol doesn’t burn but is slick and slimy, to the great detriment of an already oily full body. Swipe of ash in the finish and it passes a nice espresso creama on the the way out. Disappointed at this stage, but I’ve found some of the bigger offerings from SN to greatly improve with age as they mellow, so here’s hoping for development.
ilovedarkbeer (2436) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an almost black color with a bubble reddish brown head. Notes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and syrup. Silky mouthfeel. Pretty good.
douglas88 (7179) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle from 3300 South State Store. Pours a jet black color with a medium tan head. A big nose of cocoa, minerals, some roast. The flavor is excellent: heavy roast, massive chocolates, bitter dark chocolates and bitter hops, lingering heat, vanilla, finishes sweet with light alcohol. Very hoppy, but big enough that it is just part of the story. Very good.
unclemattie (4356) - Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Short 12oz bottle, black cap.black label. Vintage 2012. Color of roofing tar, BLACK. Foam is color of chocolate milk. Aromas of coffee, roasted barley, alcohol, mead, wooded hops. Oily texture, creamy body, very heavy. Tastes of char, burnt sugars, unsweetened cocoa, charcoal, leather, licorice, coffee, dark fruits, and alcoholic heat. Mostly burnt grains character. Some hop character lies beneath the heavy malt backbone. Overall, All of the flavor you’d look for in an Imperial Stout are all there. Very big, a HomeRun! (3547)
wchesser (1430) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark opaque and slightly oily with a thin coffee foam head. Lots of dark roast coffee on the nose and some anise. Bitter dark roast malt, espresso, and dark chocolate. Tasty...gonna cellar some. Not quite Old Rasputin.
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big thick cocoa head. Taste matches. Cocoa , molasses , some vanilla. Damn fine stout. Mr Narwhal would be proud.
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williamstome (1320) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour, NICE brown foamy head. Chocolatey malty boozey aroma, flavor is rich cocolate, fruit and more alcohol. Creamy, mildly bitter finish. Damn.
TheGB (561) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thin head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. More on the taste with coffee, roasted barley, molasses etc. Nice palate, a bit sweet though.
maxwelldeux (4158) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an almost black color with a rather thin head. Nose has some roasty notes to it. Feels very thick and rich, with some harshness of alcohol in there.
tmoreau (2902) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle viscously poured to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co., displaying an opague, black/brown hue, with a slowly diminishing amount of creamy, brownish tan head froth, and clingy ribbons & spots of lacing. The aroma was heavily roasted, with a grain and straw scent that bore a light creamy nature, expressive cocoa & coffee, but no notice of alcohol at this point. A strong flavor profile included a combination of hefty malt, potent, earthy, lingering, and slightly abrasive hop bitterness, light smoke & wood, and an amped alcohol presence that was hiding during the aroma introduction. Full bodied, with a pleasantly dry finish.