ICEatALAMO (980) - Troy, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Pours black with a little rim head. The aroma is mostly malt, similar to that of 10 Fidy. THe taste is thick, full bodied. A little sour in the carbonation. The malt is still front forward. Nice stout and interested to see how it ages. The 10%+ is hidden well.
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black with a full, long lasting mocha-colored head. Smells like browned sugar and chocolate with coffee notes in the background, little to no hop aroma. Tastes like a chocolate lava cake thatís been dusted with coffee, thereís bitterness from the hops but itís somewhat disguised. Very rich but finishes dry, like dark chocolate or black coffee.
Could handle being cellared for a couple years.
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours jet black with tawny mocha head, aroma is lactic roast, with som light boozy esters, full and creamy, plummy with lingering roast on finish, a solid and straightforward impy stout
Caskalefan (150) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2012 Midnight black pour, thick tan head that dissipates to form a lasting ring.
Gigantic, deep nose of roast coffee, cacao, prunes, dates, figs, plums, and cedar shavings.
Flavor is similar with great hops in the endless finish.
Massive, syrupy body that coats the mouth with all of the above.
Iíve never been a fan of black IPAs, and this is reminiscent of those, but with the needed addition of the fruitiness, which transforms it into something amazing.
thicksuds (436) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent stout, lives up to the imperial billing, hoppy, flavorful, bitter, almost like a strong black IPA, notes of coffee, and a bit of fruitiness.
frothy head.....awesome beer
Iphonephan (3537) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at whole foods in falls church. Pours almost black with a thin tan head. Chocolate and coffee notes. Bitter finish. A very nice imperial stout.
Pastor (797) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pretty solid stout, the right balance between bitter and malts. the mouthfeel is just the way I like it. would love to see what some age does this.
J_man (725) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smoky, malty and even a slightly briny aroma. Beautiful opaque black (even under a bright halogen light I see only a sliver of ruby/brown at the corner of the glass) with a long lasting but thin light brown head. Sweet, charred malt flavors and a good alcohol bite hit first. This evolves into a delicious mix of dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, molasses, figs and dark cherries along with a very light vanilla/marshmallow flavor in the back. Thereís an underlying earthy bitterness and tames the sweetness perfectly and a dry huskiness that wraps it up. Bittersweet chocolate is left behind in the aftertaste. While maybe not quite as balanced as Old Rasputin, it compares very favorably to it. Happy International Stout Day!!
Thechasm442 (337) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2014 12 oz bottle to a snifter. Pours a opaque black with hints of dark brown. It leaves a thin tan head with moderate to little lacing. Aroma is coffee, cocoa, roasted barley, leather, burning paper, and pepper. Taste is bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, roasted malts and barley. There is a little smokiness and a hint of dark fruit and molasses. Mouthfeel is medium to chewy and very sticky. Excellent stout.
Update. Drinking a 2012 2 years later. Pour is the same, opaque black, tan head, attractive beer. Aroma is oak, dark coffee, more of that burning paper and hints of bourbon. Taste is coffee grounds, roasted barley, wood, maybe some bourbon, and some hop bitterness lingering. Itís more mellow and easier to sip now, although I can taste some booze in the back of the drink. Very nice aged beer.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 11/8/2012. This Imperial Stout pours a eclipse black color from a 12oz bottle. Medium to large sized tan foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and sweet. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and molasses. The hops are earthy and herbal. Decent carbonation. A pretty big stout, lots of roasty and chocolate malts, yet fairly bitter. This one could be really interesting with a couple of years of bottle aging. Or even better some time in a whisky/bourbon/rum barrel. Touch of alcohol at the finish. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.