CLevar (376) - 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.
rdixon77 (746) - Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice impy. Thick black pour. Coffee and chocolate in the nose. The taste has a pleasant bitter finish to a sweeter start. Again, real rich cocoa and espresso flavors. A little smack of vanilla. Lightish body for an imperial stout that made for a nice sipper. Good beer.
slowrunner77 (3843) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Excellent! Pleasant surprise when i saw this in a 4-pack when I had assumed I’d be plunking down $8 for a big bottle. Big roasted malts on the nose, with some evergreen hops, dark fruit, cocoa, and coffee. Flavor much the same after a big but very very smooth mouthfeel. 4.1-42 on this one - I’ll start low but may up my score with a bottle to myself. Yet another hit for Sierra Nevada!"
jsnicholas (151) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz. $9/4 pack): pours black with small darkish head. Mediumlus body. Pretty sweet. Cocoa taste.pretty good.
AmericanHobo (46) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark as dark can be nice stout aroma on pouring. Taste is heavy with roasted coffee flavor and hints of dark chocolate. Bold flavor on the palate. Finish is very chewy malty.
Gachupines (903) - USA - SEP 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a thick brown head. Aroma is roasted coffee and bold chocolate. Rich chocolate with a coffee backbone. Full body with a smooth mouthfeel. Mild, bitter finish.
MarkAg86 (4) - Conroe, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A very complex stout. A serious beer with hints of cocoa but not overly chocolaty. Delicious!
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gregwilsonstl (1094) - Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark oil black. Thick tan head. Coffee. hot. Not sure what to make of this. More alcohol taste than anything else.
coachd (108) - Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out black as night with a tan, sticky head. The amount of foam that it yields is the only thing that brings the appearance down from a 5 to a 4 - other than that it’s beautiful. Aroma is a little roasty, a little hoppy with a surprising amount of malt sweetness. I am also getting light cappuccino-like coffee aromas. Definitely doesn’t smell as strong as it looks. Tastes smoky with a sharp hop bitterness that comes out in the middle and stays through the aftertaste. I am getting some dark chocolate flavors as it warms up. I would prefer a thicker palate, but that’s really my only complaint. Good offering from Sierra Nevada, a brewery that is really growing on me.
adster (400) - HUNGARY - SEP 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Éjfekete színű, átlátszatlan testére kakaó barna hab telepszik, szakaszosan előtörő illatai között mogyoró, rumos kávé aromája lengi be az étert. Az olajostól némiképp ritkább textúrájúnak tűnik első szemrevételezésre, belekóstolva azonban mennyei testesség, krémes állag bontakozik ki. Már-már szirupos jellegben öltenek testet a pörkölt maláta, kakaó és sötét csokoládé ízjegyei, selymes egymásba karolásuk intenzív összhatást produkál, melyhez az alkohol likőrös jellege szolgál nyomatékként. Egészen fantasztikus imperial stout.
JHeath99 (970) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful deep black with toffee colored head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Taste big on the roasted malts, with coffee and dark chocolate.