JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Sweet ass pour, thick and inky black with an oily cappucino head. Strong roasted malts and barley in the nose, with potent coffee and super resinous hops. Fresh and skull-fucking. Mouthfeel is smooth and full, a bit of grit here and there, and a dry finish. Bitter, grainy, and uncompromising.
Itzjerm (1578) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pretty good imperial stout. Good but nothing special either. On draft at ace and ales. Not to bitter pretty good mouthfeel could be a bit thicker. Nice brew though. No head
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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 ole’ 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. It’s very simple - maybe even more clean than you’d like. But there’s 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, it’s pretty cheap and easy to get. If your in the midwest, grab some Blackout Stout by Great Lakes to stay local; If you’re more west, this is a must-have in the fridge for the winter months. I’m not writing grandma about it, but I’m sharing it with my friends. Indeed, it surpassed my expectations; SN usually has the good macro option when you can’t get a micro. This one is better, relatively, than their usual offerings. So easy to drink... I guess I’d 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, Csakajósör. 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 don’t 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 IS’s, but very well balanced and drinkable. Long sticky finish.
MarkSachon (698) - 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 (4727) - Göteborg, 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 (1158) - 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 wouldn’t miss it if it weren’t there. I feel the alcohol, so it must be there. I certainly don’t taste it.