TheJestersBeer (2200) - SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml bottle, 2012 bottling.
Pours virtually pitch black, with a brown head.
Compact, tarry aroma, licorice, chocolate, tobacco, mint leaves, coffee beans, leather, ashes, caramel, asphalt, roses.
Off-dry, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2.
Rich, compact, complex taste, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, eucalyptus, ashes, tar, iodine, faint smoke, caramel.
This is a real monster of a stout, it will probably benefit from a few years cellaring. At the moment it is almost too immense to drink. (2013-07-19)
Ed5388 (2496) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle (2012). Pours jet black with a thin creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, burnt sugar, slight roasted malt, and rubbing alcohol. Taste is dark chocolate, caramel, burnt toast, and roasted coffee.
phaleslu (7382) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Root Cellar. Pours a deep, opaque near-black color into my Schlafly tulip with a finger of rocky tan head that settles into a ring. Aroma warms the nostrils, with notes of rich, roasted malts, burnt sugar, earth, dark and bakerís chocolate, and wood chips. Flavor of intensely bitter dark chocolate, earth, roasted malts, burnt toast, and citrus peel. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a bitter mouthfeel. Not my favorite type of imperial stout but very good nonetheless. Kind of drinks like an imperial black IPA with equal emphasis on the roast.
PhilJackson80 (499) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2013 12 oz Bottle. The beer pours to a black color with a medium dark tan head. The aroma has a strong coffee, chocolate, smokey scent to it. The taste is a medium body with a very balanced bitter sweet finish. Overall a very good Imperial Stout.
oh6gdx (22105) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. More or less pitch black colour with a brown creamy head. Aroma is roasted malts, some raisins, toffee, caramel and some slight alcohol. Flavour is raisins, some roasted malts as well as some toffee and mild alcohol and coffee.
SDalkoholic (2219) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from La Mesa Market and Liquor: Poured a dark jet black topped with a fluffy pillow of foam head that took several minutes to retreat. Aroma is subtle with only minor notes of roast malt and canned ground coffee bean. The drink is strong of roasted down black malts that suggest notes of chocolate and ground coffee while also delivering a boozy dosage of alcohol that any czar that could afford this 4-pack is sure to enjoy.
StoutHead (841) - DENMARK - JUL 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at home. Pours pitch black with a small and shortlived brown head. Really great aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Really smooth and FULL mouthfeel. Small amount of alcohol in the aftertaste along with the lingering taste of roasted malt and coffee. From the description it may sound like most other imperial stouts, but this is REALLY good (imho) - absolutely the best beer Iíve had from Sierra Nevada.
Skinnyviking (7616) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Medium high and lasting brown creamy head. As expected the body is indeed pitch black. The first that hits the nose is alcohol followed by roasted malts and choccolate. The flavor is quite clearly of roasted malts coffee and choccolate whereas the expected liquorice is just hinted. The beer is relatively bitter and not as sweet as feared. As the combination of roasted malts, coffee and bitterness is rather heavy the alcohol is nicely subdued. Low carbonation. Long bitter and dry finish.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
THOUGHTS: First off, Iím buying much more than a four pack next year. The one Iím trying tonight is just a few months old and itís already improving with age. A wonderful addition to the great Sierra Nevada portfolio. Hid alc. fairly well.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with an average, light brown head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had heavy chocolate syrup, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted and burnt malt; light pine and mint hops; light alcohol; dark fruit; plum; and cherry. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter. There was chocolate, roasted malt, burnt malt, coffee, dark fruits, cherry, plum, bitter chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee beans, cocoa, roasted almonds and meat, a little alcohol, chocolate syrup, pine hops, a little banana, fudge and chocolate cake. The medium to full body was oily with soft but tingly carbonation and a slightly alcoholic finish.
brewballs (210) - USA - JUN 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an extraordinary brew! Captain Ahab would definitely approve of this on his ship. It is dark but beyond a draught. It has a bitter head. Its aroma is like a coffee mixed with chocolate. It reminds me of an espresso stout, but not so harsh. It has a smooth wash down and the aftertaste is delicious! Sierra, who are mostly known for IPAís, really get it right with this stout. An absolutely joy to partake in!