GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
355mL. Pours a clear, deep mahogany. Thick head formation. Rocky, dense. Huge retention. Huge lace. Nose is lemon, detergent, cleaning up to savory bittersweet chocolate, but aroma is not the high point here. Taste is melted dark chocolate with some lemon meringue, sweet orange chocolate. Cleans up even further to hazelnut chocolate and vanilla. Palate is excellent- bitter, silky, not too dense. SN has a lot of talent for imperial stouts, this is just not as good as some others. But for being a regular in their lineup, Iím a happy camper. As it warms, rich Kalhua silkiness and mild vanilla/coffee is awesome. Serve is a large snifter so it can breathe and dump the detergent volatiles. Consume room temperature.
Arayaga2 (1811) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shiny black with an inch and a half of cocoa colored head. Aroma is cocoa, and gingerbread with roasty and treacle notes. Taste is the same, but richly medicinal with coffee (donít mean that in a bad way), and finishes pretty cleanly with a prickle for something so heavy-duty. $9/4-pack
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark black, rich, and creamy. Good head. Not too thick. Tastes very nice. Roasty and malty. Nice dark chocolate and coffee. Full bodied with a good finish. This is very polished and well done. What I have come to expect and appreciate from Sierra Nevada. While it isnít over the top or blow me away, it certainly could be a staple for years to come.
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black with a dense dark tan head, mild lacing. Aroma is bakers chocolate, lots of earthy hops, tons of roasty malts, some black coffee hints. This tastes amazing!!! Good bitter sweet chocolate, earthy hops with just the right amount of bitterness,smooth coffee, not boozy at all, good mouth feel, really impressed with this one from sierra Nevada
Crispy34 (416) - Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. The aroma is sweet malt with a lot if darkness. The appearance is jet black with a tan head with nice lacing. The taste starts dark and turns sweeter and finishes almost dark chocolate. The palate is dark and dry with a burnt malt aftertaste... Pretty pleasant. Overall, i look forward to aging this beer and seeing how it changes. It is beers like this, that make beer worth drinking.
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reberiii (360) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 Malty caramel aroma, super dark and thick in appearance, the taste is full of bitter hops with a sweet background, and the beer is medium to full body with a lingering bitter finish. UPDATED: Chocolate and dark fruit nose, bitter hop front velvety/coffee to chocolate middle, almost rye finish. Like.
tmongoose (1389) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours black with coffee/cocoa head lasting awhile leaving an oily type of lacing on the glass.aroma and flavor upfront is old fashioned black licorice and dark roasted malts. The maltiness comes in the middle and the end. There is an alcohol burn in there that is mild enough to almost miss. Drinking this around 45 degrees gives this a great array of flavors.
rougeau13 (2025) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Blackish with a resilient brown head and light lacing. Aroma of roast, coffee, dark chocolate, and light booze. Very nicely balanced between bitter and sweet rich dark chocolate, roast and coffee flavors. Overall, the alcohol is quite well hidden. Medium-full bodied, smooth. Excellent.
reggiedunlop (3217) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a medium mocha head...nice retention and lacing. Aroma has burnt molasses and cocoa...the faintest hint of smokiness...boozy. flavor has coffee and burnt/roasty malts...hint of anise and still faint smokiness. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a burnt/roasty/bitter warming finish...lingers.
BroSpud (1740) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Deep dark black pour with a creamy tan head and plenty of lacing. Flavor of coffee, dark chocolate and licorice. If I can manage to keep these around for awhile it would be nice to see how they taste a year from now.