gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The oleí 1/4" dark brown head on a blackout brew. Yup.
Aroma is pretty clean. Not too roasted at all, and not much else happening. Smells good though.
There are so many great imperial stouts out there. And this is one of them. Itís very simple - maybe even more clean than youíd like. But thereís just nothing to complain about. A gentle molasses is really the only lingering flavor; otherwise neat, trim, and proper - an imperial stout.
Again, the mouthfeel is pretty damn standard, but in the enjoyable respect. Admittedly thin, thus the lowest point score for this one.
Overall, itís pretty cheap and easy to get. If your in the midwest, grab some Blackout Stout by Great Lakes to stay local; If youíre more west, this is a must-have in the fridge for the winter months. Iím not writing grandma about it, but Iím sharing it with my friends. Indeed, it surpassed my expectations; SN usually has the good macro option when you canít get a micro. This one is better, relatively, than their usual offerings. So easy to drink... I guess Iíd have to say a kinda laid-back imperial, but an awesome stout none-the-less. And most importantly, a great beer, regardless of the words on the label.
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0,355 l bottle, CsakajůsŲr. Poured black, with a small, lacing beige head. Licorice, molasses, honey, roasted arabica, plum, raisins and a slight hint of alcohol in the aroma. Dark fruity sweet taste well balanced with pleasant hoppiness, all mixed with a tarty, burnt wood, ash base. Dense body, oily, well carbonated. Fruity, dry, lasting finish with a bitter note at the end. This is outstanding!
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
November 2012. From bottle. Pours black with a beige head. The alcohol is very present throughout. Coffee, dark roasted malts and chocolate aromas. Very rich.
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really good, if a little too boozy aftertaste. Got accused of slurring tonight... good job I donít have to taxi anyone anywhere
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours inky black with a quick brown head. Nose is pleasant coffee and cream with a touch of booze and chocolate. Flavor is less potent than many ISís, but very well balanced and drinkable. Long sticky finish.
MarkSachon (690) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just about everything is right with this stout but I thought it ran a little to the heavy and overly sweet side to warrant the super high ratings.
Nisse666 (4712) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe cons 2013-04-01 Uddingston
AR: heacy roasted malt, pine, fruity
AP: black on black, wee dark brown head, 1 bonus point for the label!
F: thick fluid, sugary feeling, heavy roasted malt, black coffey, dark chocolate, spicey vanilla
DocJitsu (1153) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque, nearly black with a short, quickly fading head. The color of the head is caramel with shades of mocha. A very nice looking beer. A shame the head dissipates so quickly. Usual dark roast malt and coffee aromas. Nothing remarkable or unique. Mouthfeel is viscous and creamy, helping the whole experience of the beer venture a little north of mediocrity. Flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, caramelized sugar, and plastic.
Addendum: as the beer warms it improves. Boldness emerges and becomes much more like a Russian Imperial Stout. A bit of a sour character that seems to accentuate the experience, but I wouldnít miss it if it werenít there. I feel the alcohol, so it must be there. I certainly donít taste it.
Ocean82 (82) - Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into snifter. Opaque black with fizzy brown head. Aromas of piney hops, toasted malts, with light cocoa and coffee. Flavors of roasted malts, coffee, pine, and smokey oak. Creamy mouthfeel with hops and warming alcohol on the finish. A balanced beer, but I was expecting sweet not bitter.
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours near black with a nice foamy tan head. Aromas of licorice, ink, black coffee, graham sweetness. Acidic coffee, molasses, baking chocolate in the flavor. I donít say this often about breed but this needs some sweetness to round out the overly acidic character.