Ed5388 (1732) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at AC Beerfest (2014). Poured pitch black in color with a thick frothy tan head. Aroma of fudge brownie mix, roasted malt, and caramel. Taste of bitter roasted coffee, dark chocolate, earth, and sweet caramel.
cbfobes (2155) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 22oz bomber, 2014 edition, pours black with a thick brown head and lacing through out the entire glass, aroma is very roasty, touch of dark chocolate mixed in with a hint of coffee, sweet for sure, flavor has a roasty front end with a finish of bitter chocolate and booze, pretty sweet through out as well, mouthfeel was a little disappointing, pretty sweet but has a hoppy finish at the same time, hmmm, not blown away but still ok I suppose.
dnstone (2111) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really a fantastic stout. Black in color with a solid tan colored head. Sweet roasty aroma. Chocolatey roasty flavor finished with a solid hop character.
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rxeight (1047) - Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic roasty stout that is maybe only a hair behind expedition and founders imperial.
Chudwick (1790) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 vintage bomber into Le Duvel - Nose is dark fruit and roasted malts/chocolate. Second whiff adds pine. Sips reinforces the roasted character leaning towards coffee. The main bitterness I get is of the dark chocolate kind and some sweetness, leading to a generally balanced taste. Long coffee finish with dry lips. Can’t really detect 9.4% ABV’s worth of booze. Latent pine/resin hop kick.
rbrazell (1457) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Market Square. Black pour with a creamy tan head. Big fudgy chocolate aroma, light smoke and ash, with roasted malts, Sumatra coffee and hints of dark fruit. Thick baker’s chocolate, roasted malts, coffee with a lengthy bitter chocolate and piney citrus hop finish. Medium thick body and smooth carbonation. So balanced and drinkable. Damn fine.
AWISLguy (1051) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Ray’s in Tosa. Pours an impressive looking inky black with a brown head leaving spots of lace. Aroma has loads of grassy hops, heavy roast and chocolate. Definite an Alpha Klaus similarity in the nose - and it is hard to get any better than that. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, espresso and molasses, with light citrus. Full bodied and chewy. A bit rough. Finishes bittersweet, with a good balance of the two, and with some length. Far exceeded my expectation from a so-so brewer. Anytime something can be mentioned in the same breath as Alpha Klaus, with the hoppy bittersweetness, you are top of a class. Rougher than Klaus, and stout-y, but somewhat similar. Probably would be good to age, so will have to look for another.
crossovert (6363) - Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 vintage. 650ml bottle. Dark pour, dakr head. Really nice looking head that is really foamy and tan. Smell is herbal and piney hops, chocoalte, graham cracker, and licorice. This one is big and boozy, prickling carb. Lots of hops, super hoppy, think darkness but drier and hoppier even.Tons of coffee and dakr cocoa flavors. This is freakin awesome.
Westmeister (1534) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just how I like my stouts. $6 bomber and big flavor. This one you could say is run of the mill upper echelon imperial stout, but that is a severe compliment. I still love a bold roasted, chocolate, high octane stout done well for a good price. This one is in the realm of purchase again for the sake of just seeing what the hell happens in 3 years.
annunz123 (809) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate, coffee, raisins, and vanilla in the aroma. More of the same in a bittersweet flavor, with some alcohol and roast coffee bitterness in the finish. Another great beer in their Big Beer series.