CampesinoTino (757) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours black as motor oil with a solid layer of light brown head. The aroma is surprisingly devoid of the standard Imperial Stout notes of chocolate and coffee. Instead there’s a fair amount of cherry, molasses, roasted malt, licorice and caramelized sugars. The flavor opens up with a heavy dose of caramel, roast malt and espresso as well as some black cherry, date, licorice and alcohol notes. Just a little bit of an herbal hops presence in the background. The body is slightly syrupy with some creaminess and adequate carbonation. The finish is predominately chocolate, roasted malt and dark fruit. The overall flavor is sweet, rich and smoky with just enough complexity to make it worth seeking out.
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a tulip at bottleworks.
Pours black with a small tan head.
Gives off a rich espresso aroma.
Lots of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits in the taste, very rich.
Powerful mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with a slight bitter finish.
Overall, it’s a very drinkable imperial stout. Sure there are betters out there, but it’s a nice local brew.
TomTiedemann (251) - Levittown, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a creamy rich dark black. aroma strong of smokey coffee, chocolate and caramel. first sip was strong of all aromas and thick creamy taste. overall was a great pour from a local brew
phaleslu (6397) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Keir at the STL RB Gathering- thanks again, Keir! 2006 vintage. Pours an almost opaque brown with a small tan head. Aroma of big chocolate notes, dark fruits, roasted malts, and nuts. Just a ton of chocolate in there. Flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, oaky, earthy notes, and coffee roast. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, rich mouthfeel. Has held up great for 5 years, particularly in the nose and appearance. Very nice.
seymour (1414) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Saint Louis Ratebeer Gathering into tulip glass. 2006 vintage. Thanks, kier! Poured an opaque dark brown color with weak tan head but fine lace and alcohol legs. True-to-style Imperial Stout aromas and flavors. Dry, fruity, nutty, toasty, very roasty. Hints of black coffee, dark chocolate, plums and wild cherries. Somewhat oxidized in an interesting way, like port, not a flaw. Held up very well to 5 year aging. Recommended.
jandd1983 (2538) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the St. Louis RB gathering. It poured a dark brown/black color with a brown head. The aroma was dry roasty chocolate. The flavor was roasty, charred chocolate and light fruit. A very good Imperial Stout.
Strykzone (4911) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the st. Louis rarebeer gathering. An ’06 vintage. I smell chocolate and tobacco. Powdery chocolate flavor with ash. This is smooth and good. It aged very well.
Mora2000 (5664) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate, with the added bonus of having some dark fruit and a little bit of anise mixed in. All of the components go well together.
The flavor is full of milk chocolate and heavily roasted malts. I also get a little bit of alcohol which accentuates the big, bold flavors present in this beer.
Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bomber thanks to Mora2000) espresso brown pour with very dark tan head and excellent lacing. Nose of fudge, rich chocolate, mildly roasty, milk chocolate, nearly decadent in the nose. Taste is very roasty, nice bittering herbal hops, fudge, well balanced and delicious.
daknole (9052) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark pour. Small beige head. Aroma has light smoke, prune, molasses, mocha and roast. Flavor is lightly sweet, toasty, hint of smoke, charred oak. Nice brew.