msalm (59) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tart, raison-y aroma. I get some brown sugar, too. Alcohol, too. Black body with a thin light brown head. Taste is not well-balanced. Extreme sweetness followed by salty, bitterness. I feel like I want to take a drink of water after every sip. A rather abrasive palate. Thick body that nails your mouth with astringency and leaves a rather inexplicable numb, slickness. Overall, not impressed. Donít know what this beer is about, and I donít think it does, either.
Emeister84 (1554) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: roasted milk chocolate, molasses, and slight black cherry. Appearance: jet black, thin tan head. Taste: molasses, cocoa, espresso-like bitterness, and significant booziness. Palate: Full, milky-smooth, with prickly, boozey sensation, and a bitter, boozey finish.
rayOfBeer (673) - El Cerrito, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: black pour with small tan head. Aroma is soft with cocoa, coffee, malt and light citrus hops. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark roast grain, caramel. Palate is thick with a full mouth malty sweetness that grows into a dusty, grainy light bitterness with a alcohol warmth and tingle at the end. Rather easy drinking, with more flavor and bitterness coming out as this beer warms. I will store a few and hope the flavors mature over time.
callmemickey (3625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black brown body, moderate-sized tan head, streaky lacing. Nose is chock full of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and oddly, some citirc hops. Flavor is similar, without the citric bitterness. Nice mellow blend of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and roasted malts. Medium to full bodied, gentle carbonation, mild bitterness and roasty dryness in the finish.
ebone1988 (363) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is sweet, molasses, licorice, yet some hops as well. Appearance is dark brown, brown half-finger head. Taste is roasted malt, slight licorice, molasses, no real hints of coffee. Alcohol is present, but no burn, well-balanced. Mouthfeel is too thin for my liking. Overall, itís very good, and relatively cheap, too.
EithCubes (5237) - 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, bakerís 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 thereís very little in the way of coffee. Malts are moderately developed, alcohol doesnít 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 Iíve found some of the bigger offerings from SN to greatly improve with age as they mellow, so hereís hoping for development.
ilovedarkbeer (2445) - 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 (7231) - 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 (4357) - 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 youíd look for in an Imperial Stout are all there. Very big, a HomeRun! (3547)
wchesser (1467) - 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.