jbeahler (36) - USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from a four pack. Pours a dark black with a lil off white head. Smells like dark malts and alcohol, a little chocolate and hoppy-ness. Taste is similar, a lot of dark malts and alcohol, little coffee, chocolate. Itís a little hot, more than I expected. Alcohol isnít very well hidden. Overall a solid imperial stout, especially for the price.
demitriustown (1011) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: Aroma has got a really nice roasted malt characteristic, nutty, slight coffee note, and light chocolate. Appearance is pitch black with a really thick tan head that linger for forever. Taste is interesting, big on malts, but there is a note of the cascade poking through. Nothing to be distracting just enough to know that itís there. Again a more pronounced coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and nut note. Palate is medium to high carbonation with a lightly chocolatey aftertaste. Itís over 10% abc, but I donít taste it at all. Really well disguised. Overall, Grand stuff get it if you can find it. Cheers!
PhillyCraft (2584) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft w/ James in Norristown. Pours a thick mirror black color with medium tan head that dissipated quick. Small amount of Lace. Aromas and flavor of roasted malt, chocolate malt, piney hops, tobacco, and cocoa powder. Med carboantion in this full bodied stout. Would like to try it in 6 months and see how shes tasting.
flatmatt (984) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Creamy cocoa aroma, notes of molasses, coffee, malted milk balls, anise. Flavor of coffee and cocoa, light roastiness, with definite anise notes and the malted milk balls. Definitely a good one.
poisoneddwarf (1480) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours opaque black with a thin tan head that falls quickly, leaving a ring of foam. Aroma is really chocolatey--I donít see that as an added ingredient anywhere, though. I also get coffee, bread and a bit of licorice. Taste starts out sweet before turning bitter and sour; finishes with a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is velvety, carbonation is soft; a tad watery. Nice enough...I wonder how it will age?
magsinva (826) - Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle state line - pours pitch with milk chocolate head. Aroma is smokey almost to the point of charcoal. Taste is bittersweet. Palate is dry. Overall, solid, but meh.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from state line liquors. Pours black win a thin khaki head. Not a lot on the nose. Big malt flavor on the tongue. Not getting much chocolate or coffee or roasted notes. It hides its alcohol well. Eh!
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of the bottle from Uptown. Pours black with a brown head. Great roasted smell and taste. Very strong but doesnít taste like it. Excellent!
illiniphil (101) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black with small one finger tan head. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate and dark roasted malts. Very good example of the style. Definately will have again. Sierra Nevada knows how to brew beer!
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brenn79 (1332) - Idaho, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle- One of the best beers I have ever had was Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary Fritz & Kens Ale after it had aged in a bottle between one and two years, my hope for this beer is that it will at least come close to the masterpiece that was that milestone of a beer, unfortunately I wonít know for at least a year, I will re-rate one year from the bottling date which is 279th day of 2012- Pours inky black with zero transparency, it has a nice thick three finger dark mocha colored head and nice cobwebby lacework, this is a beautiful beer. The aroma is cocoa off the bat, coffee and molasses as well. The taste is thick, chewy, chocolate milk, alcohol burn, creamy, a fair amount of bitterness which balances out the thick chocolate malt. Coffee is less in the taste, but is there. The body is undeniably huge, thick, mouth coating, and the carbonation is medium. I have drifted away from Imperial stouts recently, but this beer reminds me why I used to and still do love them, awesome!