radarsock (651) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap at Ales House, Amesbury. Guess I donít need to trade for one anymore, lol. Pours black with a frothy-as-hell khaki head. Definitely smells of roast, tobacco... walnuts? Cashews? Vague "earth" for sure, hops, and booze. Perhaps a bit of chocolate as well.Tastes predominately chocolatey with an underlying, almost unwelcome, earthiness resembling tilled soil, mushroom fungi and straw; I didnít believe the combination had worked, honestly. Still drinkable.
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Look: Jet black body, small khaki head that turned to a mocha lacing. Smell: Sweet hops, fruity/citrus, tons of roasted barley, mild chocolate, some leather in the backend. Taste: Roasted notes up front, bitter cocoa, smooth chocolate, alcohol warmth, citrus bitter dry finish. Feel: Soft light body, medium carbonation. Overall: This is one those take it or leave it brews. This seems almost as if S.N. didnít want to adventure too much outside the box in the brewing process. The flavor is a little meh, yet the aroma is interesting. Still a solid Imperial Stout that hides its 10 % abv well. Well hopped, clean and is still worthy.
crossovert (5701) - Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not my fave. It is a bit boozy. The flavor of it is hard to describe, not ashy or super fruity but like a mix of both in an odd way.
Cybercat (2788) - Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma absolutely screams "DRINK ME!" Smoky, oily, with strong notes of roast malt, quality coffee, chocolate and molasses, it demands that you take more than a mere taste. It pours an oily black sable that could hide in the folds of Darth Vaderís cape, with a firm and fine-bubbled tan head that hangs around for a while. Smoky flavor has firm tones of top-shelf malt and chocolate - youíd think they had tossed Hershey bars into the mash tun. Subtle notes and hints of quality coffee, molasses and caramel sneak through. Sweetness is not too strong - this ainít no dessert beer. Firm, smooth, somewhat oily texture has a good amount of fizz and leaves a smoky, chocolaty, lip-smacking finish. Nar this whal when you can! :D
Tinco (514) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a classic looking imperial stout. Nice thick black liquid with a nice mocha colored head. Aroma is roasted, chocolate, some booze, a nice sweetness in the form of some hidden dark fruit gems sich as raisins and figs. Full mouthfeel. Taste is roasty, also get some hoppy notes in there like grapefruit, dark rich chocolate, slightly sour, liqourice, cherries. A very nice imperial stout!
gpekar (455) - Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured an oily black with a 1 finger foamy brown head. Nice complex aroma with anise, prunes, dark chocolate and slightly smokey. The beer had a good thick texture and the flavor of espresso and a nice dark chocolate bitterness. There is a building alcohol flavor and warmth in the middle. The dark chocolate bitterness builds into the finish with a good bit of alcohol warmth lasting for a long finish. Excellent!!!!!!
Bjshades (152) - Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark black with light brown head, roasty dark chocolate aroma, tastes of dark chocolate and roasted malts, not my favorite stout
crajun (825) - , Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2013 11/13rerate. Lowered from 4.0. A rare stout that isnít better as it warms. Alcohol too prevalent then. Will try again. 12oz bottle purchased from Plano whole foods. Aroma is the only thing I didnít give great marks to. The alcohol overshadowed any roasted aroma.
5 for palate and appearance. Taste was great and less so as it warmed due to alcohol taking over. At itís best this beer is a smooth slightly creamy, chalky GREAT stout...
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid imperial stout that is begging t be aged in a barrel. Thick mouthfeel with a mocha head that leaves great lacing on the glass. Taste full of coffee and bitterness that hides itself dark cocoa. Great beer
TronnyJenkins (92) - Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Motor oil color. Great aroma of dark chocolate, anise, sugar. Very unique hoppy character. Thick mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Sweet malts at the first taste. Coffee like burned malts in the middle. Lingering bitterness in a very pleasing way.