Ratman197 (8469) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a translucent dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, carmel, dried fruit and dark chocolate. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolatye, roastiness, coffee and light dried fruit with a smooth lingering roasty finish. Solid beer, but yet another Impy Stout (yawn)?
rlgk (8445) - Skövde, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to _angst_. Black beer with a brownish head. Malty roasted aroma, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, warming alcohol, figs, molasses, grapes, toffee notes, tar, dark chocolate, prunes, leather notes. Roasted chocolate flavor, caramel, smoked notes, raisins, prunes, tar, smoked notes, bitter notes, grapes, molasses.
BeerandBlues2 (8444) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours opaque with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roast and coffee malt with raisins, prunes, licorice, and oak with pine and herbal hops. Flavor is malt dominant with medium hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters, oak, and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2013 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pours black with a small, creamy, khaki head. The aroma offers notes of molasses, dark chocolate and Cuban-roast coffee. As full-bodied and plush as they come accompanied by tickling carbonation. The flavor is carbonic, acrid and singed, just like the Cuban-roast coffee that I love so dearly. Hearty charcoal finish. Much better than expected. The abv seems completely hidden. Since caffeine makes me nervous, maybe I should switch over to this when I’m jonesin’ for deeply roasted Cuban or Cuban-style coffee.World class effort from Sierra Nevada!
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Black pour with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of roast, cocoa, some earthiness, and a little ashy. Tastes of cocoa, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, licorice and molasses. Overall alcohol well hidden.
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Super dark brown pour with a light brownish head. Roasty aroma melds well with lots of good chocolate notes, some brownies, and I can actually smell some light hop notes. Flavor is sweet, roasty, lightly bitter, well balanced and damn good!
Sammy (7709) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Capone’s Restaurant. Dark brown with no head. A rich aged beer aroma. A good carbonation and full mouthfeel. Chocolate is important, coffee-like roasting is incredible. Fruity, a little syrup. Very good drinkability, no obviously booziness, other than its slight resemblance to the new Manhattans.
adnielsen (7557) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Pours a black appearance with a foamy dark brown head and nice lacing. Somewhat piney, a bit sprucey, lightly minty, dark chocolate, roasty malty aroma. Somewhat dark fruity (fig, plum, dark grape), dark chocolate, piney/minty flavor with a somewhat bitter, yet smooth chocolate finish. Really a nice brew that I hope to get again.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013-10-09. Black body with a nice brown head. 4+ Aroma has good amount of green hops over a rich dark malt base. Mild alcohol and cocoa like roast. 7++ Flavour is similar, rich sweet dark malt base has a good dose of green hops and a fair bit of hoppy bitterness. Moderate roast character, and cocoa highlights. Alcohol is not overly present in the flavour but leaves the inside of your mouth tingly from the alcohol. 7++ Smooth medium to full bodied palate is pleasantly carbonated. Bottle is a bit old but drinks like it is very fresh, with a lot of hop presence. Bottle, 2012 Vintage, from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Squat bottle from Capone’s. Pours thick, jet black, with 1-finger dark brown head. Nose is awesome. Huge black patent barley malt and choc malts, cacao, blackstrap molasses, hops, honey. Tastes rich, complex, with flavors of big roasty choc malt, huge hop astringency, honey, espresso, and a thick muthfeel with well hidden -OH. Finishes very hoppy and astringent, with, I’d estimate, around 75-85 IBUS, and a huge roasty choc malt load, plus cacao, mild honey, and molasses. This one is huge, and makes an impact.