radio_nowhere (605) - Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lucky to find this, had been seeking it but gave up until I stumbled upon it unexpectedly in a random small bottle store. Stubby 12oz bottle poured into snifter glass, dark black with thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and some grass. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, black coffee, marshmallows and toffee. Rich body, dry with lingering finish. Alcohol very well hidden. Very glad I found this, hope it can become a regular seasonal.
michaelinwa (537) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a light brown head. Aroma is lighter than I’d like, with notes of roasted grain and chocolate. Flavor is bitter roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate, with moderate complexity. Some alcohol burn. Finish is bitter and lingering, but not overly aggressive. Overall, decent, but for me lacks depth and complexity, and pushing the bitterness. I could see it changing a lot with a few years in the cellar.
RABinVA (996) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 bottle. Pours black and viscous. Slight brown head that leaves tan lacing. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is a bit hot. But as the heat fades, chocolate and coffee come through. The palate is very nice. A good, warming sipper.
deekyn (865) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
- pours thick pitch black. No head. S - vegetal and toasted malts. Hints marshmallow, toffee, molasses, hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Toasty. Toasty. M - full rich palate. Strong bodied. Average carb. Lingering bitter hops. T - toasted malts, vegetal malts up front. Toffee, coffee, vanilla, marshmallow. Chalky chocolate, oak. Lingering bitter hoppy bitter grassy citrus rind. O - overall quite good dry sticky bitter. 3.6
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JaBier (4352) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a quad purchased at Aficionado’s. Pitch black pour with a thick tan head. Malty aroma with notes of grassy hop, roasted malt, chocolate and licorice. Malty flavor with grassy hops coming through almost immediately and rounding out to a licorice and roasted malt finish. Pretty solid, but too hoppy to be great. Can’t wait to try again in a year or 2.
lamas (1288) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bottled: 10/11/12. A near opaque black pour with a smallish chestnut head. The chocolate cake-ish aroma features lots of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted coffee, caramel, molasses, and potting soil. Medium to full-bodied and creamy on the way down. Caramel and chocolate upfront taste-wise. Bitter dark chocolate, black coffee, grapefruits, and some resiny qualities at the tail end. A drying finish that lingers. A moderate amount of warming alcohol throughout.
NayTron (132) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an oily black with a one finger tan head, Aroma of roasted malts, expresso, notes of figs and raisin, hints of chocolate and smoke. Nice lacing on glass. Taste follows the nose with added piney grapfruit notes with a sweet hoppiness bitter finish This really coats the mouth. For 10% alcohol it is extremely well hidden. Wow this one is a winner, the balance is right on the money. Really nice stout.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Rating #128. Inky black pour with a nice brown head. Mild roast up front with an underlying chocolate sweetness. Nice flavor, mild roast again with a bit of bitter chocolate coming through in the finish. Good stuff. (2566)
wnoble (1107) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one pours deep black. Nose is intense black roasted malts, fruits, rich malts, citrus and herbal hops. Flavor is intense blend of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, fruits, breadyness, and herbal hops. Full body, warming alcohol and rich. Bitter, intense, and sharp. I would think this will age well.
umich03jm (1333) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a near black color with a small beige head that quickly fades. Aroma is chocolate and coffee mostly, a bit of burnt wood and ash too. Taste is mildly sweet chocolate at first and turns bitter dark chocolate by the finish. Coffee and burnt wood in the finish too. A touch spicy and grassy from the hops. Medium mouthfeel, a bit chewy. A high quality imperial stout that could get even better with age.