adnielsen (6161) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburís Fort Collins. Pours a black appearance with a foamy dark brown head and nice lacing. Somewhat piney, a bit sprucey, lightly minty, dark chocolate, roasty malty aroma. Somewhat dark fruity (fig, plum, dark grape), dark chocolate, piney/minty flavor with a somewhat bitter, yet smooth chocolate finish. Really a nice brew that I hope to get again.
raphael (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Itís Sierra Nevadaís first broad cast imperial stout so why am i surprised at how fine it is? Pours deep & black, and sure I havenít seen darker head.
Coffee, milk chocolate, leather, wood smoke what I smell. Doesnít want the mouth to contain it, so active. & perfect weight, not light, but not as heavy as other imperials. taste buds say roast (malt), beef, burgundy, alcohol, bitter pine with a sour-bitter-burnt finish.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from total wine in norfolk. pours surprisingly think for a mass produced imperial stout and sits a deep, dark, mocha in the glass capped by a thin, creamy, dark beige head. aroma is heavy on the chocolate, with notes of cocoa powder, chocolate cake, brownie bits, and hersheyís backed by molasses, earthy soil, and charred coffee beans with hints of vanilla as it warms. flavor is truly delicious with a hefty dose of dark chocolate, mocha coffee, burnt brownie ends, and roasted malts up front backed by earthy hops, toasted pumpernickel, toffee, and a bit of ash on the back end. palate is rich and full bodied with smooth carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel that leaves a heavy, roasted, chocolatey finish. overall, this really is a damn good imperial stout. iím not usually a fan of SNís dark beers but this is a winner.
polomagnifico (1102) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of roasted chocolate, espresso, molasses, dark dried fruits, vanilla, citrus malts. Awesome. Black hue with a nice average sized medium brown head that mostly diminished and left some lace. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Finish is lightly cloying and heavy bitter. Overall a fantastic Impy from Sierra Nevada. Loved every aspect of the beer but the best part is that it will only get better with time. Should cellar extremely well and very reasonably priced. Wonderful all the way around. Canít wait to see what itís like next year!!
savnac (2056) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Black with a thick tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, citrus, chocolate and some sweet caramel. Flavor is full on bitter roasted malt and bitter hops up front with some dry cocoa and light caramel sweetness, very mild alcohol presence. Full body with a thick, creamy mouth feel. This is a really great beer, it will be interesting to see how it ages.
mikedR (355) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful thick stout, chocolate and coffee well pronounced. Might be my favorite!
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dphoxie (57) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasty, definitey heavy on the coffee flavors. Slick boozy. Definitely going to pick a couple up for the cellar, should be delightful in a few month or longer.
dfinney23 (1000) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and roasty, chocolate and coffee, all amped up to a wonderful degree. Thank you sir, may I have another?
topherh (1857) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, chocolate, and dark sugar. Flavor is sweet roasty malt, earthy chocolate, and some coffee. A little hot and boozy.
jsquire (2953) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark beer out of the bottle with a small brown head. Nose of alcohol, molasses, and chocolate. This is a hot beer with plenty of alcohol. Flavors of bitter chocolate, molasses and roasted grains. There is a long green hop finish and a lingering resin bitterness.