BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What a unique beer: Not that overly impressive techniques, ingredients or unexpected results culminated in such a fantastic beer, but rather that I’ve never tasted anything like it. This is a hop monster, which leads me to believe I have a very fresh bottle on-hand. The aroma on this is piny/floral hops and licorice. That’s it. That’s all I get. Flavor is more of the same. Piny, bitter hop bite, dark fruits (from the hops), licorice and a hint of dark chocolate. Hints of mint and Jaegermeister??? The finish is dry and resiny. This beer tastes like a damn Christmas tree (makes mental note to pick up a couple extra bottles for the holiday). Body is medium. No alcohol burn. Aftertaste is almost asphalt-like, but not in an offensive way. I’m sure it’s roasty, but almost all aspects of imperial stout are masked by the copious amount of hops. This is the definition of an ager. I’d hope the coffee, caramel and chocolate flavors would eventually come through in a couple years, but maybe not as this puts any "Black IPA" to shame, IMO. A force to be reckoned with, but with a price tag to love. $5.50/22 oz.. Pretty good now. Should be fantastic with age on it.
Bulk_Carrier (3159) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - FEB 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned Feb 2015, hence aged review.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a semi-frothy off white to tan head. Slim little lacing slides into the beer.
The smell had a ton of dark sweet fruits coming about into a dry to roasty and semi-bitter chocolate.
The taste was dry and roasty with the dark fruits laying down a light sweetness, decent in the flavor. Dry roasty aftertaste and sliding into the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sessionable sweet to bitter feel about it. Carbonation has fallen off, but I get it and am not worried.
Overall, imperial stout, is it supposed to be a Russian or an American Double? I’m left scratching my beard and hoping I’ll get to try fresh soon enough. Almost seems unfair for the moment, but I’ll come back and update once I find fresher.
angel77 (1916) - oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botella 66 cl tomada en el momento en el kraken 17..01..2016. (r967). Sin Lote ni Fcpref. Color negro intenso con espuma oscura. Aromas y sabores maltosos tostados que al calentar de vuelven algo quemados con amargo ligero seco final más menos persistente. Cuerpo medio a intenso más líquido de lo que me esperaba pero con buena sensación alcohólica notandose en todo momentos sus 9.6 vol. Bastante buena.
kerenmk (3621) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 17, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Hopfenreich Berlin, 25.12.15. Thank you random patroness for sharing! Black. Chocolate, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and vanilla aroma, rich bitter and roasty taste, some soy and then alcohol. Full body, a little fizz, salt, bitter, chocolate finish.
Eastwood (98) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tomada en Cerveceria Kraken.
Espuma oscura poco persistente.
Imperial stout de 10.5° estadounidense.
Un poco densa, deja buen sabor a quemado y café.
Buena imperial stout.
gregwilsonstl (1706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black. Creamy beige head. Very roasted. Rich. Kind of hoppy for a stout. Pretty dynamic and rich. Easy drinking for an Imperial Stout.. Sipped this while hearing the Rams are moving to LA. Good riddance Stan Kroenke. Thx johnnnniee.
islay (1862) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, consumed on 1-10-16. Labeled “FEB. 2015 ABV 10.5%.” Pours an opaque, dark brown with a small to moderate amount of taupe head. Pretty ordinary stout appearance. Complex, sophisticated, malty aroma. Scents of chocolate, crème brulee, kumquat, watermelon, and lime. I did not expect the fruit scents, but I do enjoy them. Very much a dessert beer in aroma. Really a lot going on in the smell. Heavily roasted malt flavor at the start but calms down into a very well balanced imperial stout taste. Surprising, citric flavor element: Orange. Dark chocolate and prune. Alcohol taste noticeable. Roasted malt aftertaste. Alcohol heat in the back of the throat. Lively and oily in the palate. Medium to full body, actually a little light given the high ABV. A good imperial stout and a very good beer overall. A lot going on and all of it is good.
tfontana (375) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour into nonic glass from brewery. Aroma is bready, caramel malt with dark fruit and a hint of chocolate. Appearance is dark blackish brown, almost opaque with transient light brown head that quickly dissipates. No sparkle, trace lacing that slides back down the glass. Taste is dark fruit with mild chocolate and alcohol taste (a bit like rubbing alcohol) and roasted bitterness at the end. Palate is full bodied with thick texture, low carbonation, bitter finish and warming effect in the stomach. Overall, this is nice but warmth of alcohol in stomach is undone by excessive presence in taste.
FatTony (185) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle. Pours out as black as crude with no light shown through at all. Small chestnut colored head with no lacing to speak of. Aroma was "sugared blueberries " per my son and I concur. Taste was a remarkably subtle blend of dried berries, malt and a pleasant alcohol bite at the finish. The palate is oily smooth and silky. Top ten!
Erasmus_ro (2182) - Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
650ml bottle. Pours dark brown, black with a good, mocha-colored head. Aroma is roast, liquorice, some chocolate. Taste is roasted, liquorice, lightly smoky even. Some chocolate and coffee. Fairly light. Turns a tad one-sided as it warms up.
Whatup14 (1268) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille 650ml, gracieuseté de Stoned99, merci Alex! Couleur noire opaque, fine mousse moka foncée. Arôme de café, malt torréfié, alcool. Goût de malt torréfié, bonne amertume, café en arrière-goût. Carbonatation faible, corps moyen-dense.