marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a rich tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a hearty dark malt flavor with some plum and coffee and a bitter finish. Very tasty.
CLevar (375) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle to snifter. Pour is a very dark black, slightly muddy at the end of the bottle. Sparse mocha head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is big roasted malts, anise, burnt coffee, light dark fruit. Chocolate, some alcohol when it gets to room temp, and some nice caramel notes as well. Taste is fairly heavy on the roasted and almost smokey burnt grains, strong malt and hop bitterness, a touch of resin, but more floral. As advertised, lots of molasses, coffee grounds. Not quite as much dark fruit as I might like, but a great beer, and one that I will revisit as the winter becomes more winter-y.
Chuckaduck (577) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an oily black with a soft, oily chocolate head. Aroma is spicy, herbal, bread, some hops, sweet, soy sauce, coffee. Flavor is complex; spicy, some fruit, alcohol, roasty, dark chocolate, creamy, long coffee finish. Not incredibly malty; not as malty as I’d like. Very little lacing. Light carbonation. Creamy mouth feel. I would definitely order this in a bar; though it doesn’t taste as strong as it is. You wouldn’t be able to drink it for a whole session. Pretty good; just missing some maltiness.
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Might be my favorite imperial stout now. Pours with a thick head. Definitely smell molasses and chocolate. Taste includes chocolate, caramel, and molasses. FULL body!
MikeEnIke (6) - - NOV 7, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: 4/5Pours a silky, solid black. No hint of light shines through. A dark brown head slowly bubbles to the top before it dissipates to a small covering. Then persists ever so slightly throughout consumption.Smell: 5/5Immediate blast of dark, roasted chocolate. Smells like winter time with a nice dark chocolate candy bar. Roasted, slight hints of coffee, major chocolate notes. Little to no boozy smell, really a great smell. Wish they sold yankee candles with this smell. Just a hint of citrus bring some great balance. Hard to pick up, but slowly builds.Taste: 5/5Doesn?t disappoint. Again, major roasty chocolate flavor, slight undertone of roasted coffee but doesn?t pack a major coffee flavor until the very second you think the flavor has dissipated from your mouth, then the coffee hits you all at once. It?s fantastic. Dark roasted malt coats your mouth, with a slight sweetness, balanced well by the bitter. A big stout, puts hair on your chest. The coffee breath when it fades is great.Mouthfeel: 5/5Carbonation dances on your tongue despite the expectation of weight. Coats your mouth with bitter at first, which open you to the full body flavor. Quickly washes away, to give you a lingering tingle. Bold, not too heavy.Overall: 4.8/5One of the best Imperial Stouts I?ve had. Great balance, not too boozy nor too light. Imperial chocolate with hints of coffee, a great roast, but not so big you can only drink one.
bleeng (1461) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Common Table Dallas. Big huge tan head sitting on a dark black base. Sweet chocolate malty nose. Taste is the same with a very light nitro type body. Bitter and dry on the end and very full flavored. Nice.
jonas (5260) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Spicy chokolatl, orangepeel aroma. Black, brown layer. Spicy flavour, cinnamon, cardemom, cocoa, light citrus. Mellow mouthfeel, sparkly, surprisingly light body. Cocoa aftertaste. Well balanced, but needs more bacon.
drfabulous (3378) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Lexington Beerworks. Sticky big chocolate stout with nice roast build and super bitter. Really well done.
craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from a 4 pack bought at Whole Foods P Street. Pours a viscous black with a smallish dark tan frothy dense head. Nose and flavor are rife with bitter dark chocolate and espresso roast, cacao nib, and hints of vanilla and almond sweetness. The roasty char character is gorgeous, a bit reminiscent of Expedition. Rich and lush on the palate. Damn good.
Nikiel (829) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle with Carla from Fred Meyer. Pours dark brown with dark tan foam. Smells roasty with hints of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol and sweetness. Feels nice and thick and tastes more bitter than expected with hints of java, but the taste falls a little flat.