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.
deepeary (281) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, creamy and a bit smokey. Everything you want in a RIS. Nose has a noticeable hop presence.
Jrwhitney6 (365) - - JUN 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with light tan head. Nose of chocolate and booze. Taste of some chocolate, some smokiness and booze. A bit too much on the smokey and alcohol taste for me. Good, but not more.
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yourilevesque (299) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bière dégustée avec Philippe et Mademoiselle Irina, un soir de dégustation où nous avons fait bombance! Cette bière noire et d’apparence visqueuse présente une tête volumineuse, de grosses bulles et d’une teinte vanillée. Malts torréfiés, alcool bien cachée, fruits noirs; le tout accompagné d’une légère note fumée. Toutes ces arômes, saveurs et flaveurs sont à la fois présentes au nez et en bouche. Le tout est parfaitement homogène et concocté avec un grand soin apporté à l’équilibre général. En bouche, je remarque une amertume que mon nez n’avait cependant pas détectée. Cette amertume n’est cependant pas attribuable au houblon mais au rôtissage du malt. Le houblon se veut aromatique ici et non un vecteur d’amertume. Bière élégante au corps moyen, ce stout impérial est somme toute léger et fort agréable!
crazy_cat_lady (213) - - JUN 4, 2015
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from LCBO. Lovely Brien head on very dark body. Aroma of chocolate, catching a hint of dish soap, and coffee. Amazing smooth silky mouth feel. Sweet chocolate flavour with touch of coffee. Bit of lingering bitterness. Wish more imperial stouts were thus nicely balanced.
thorongil2 (1616) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) clear, bright dark brown colour with a medium tall, brown head; aroma of roast, coffee, alcohol; rich, balanced flavour, bit boozy; creamy palate
Mortlach (1244) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @Ma che siete venuti a fà (Rome). Deep brown appearance with a medium beige foam. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, some licorice, some hops presence, nice! Flavour is rich and balanced, chocolate, coffee, it has a strong bitterness in the end. Full body, low carbonation. Excellent imperial stout, it could be refined a little to become a world class!
Thisis12ptfont (987) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of dark roast, charred malts, raisin, dark chocolate, toffee, figs, dark grape juice and slight oak. Appearance is pitch black with a thin brown foam. Taste is very raisin, red grape, merlot, cabernet forward. Other notes of dark cacao, toffee, tree bark, funky dark malts, roasted malts and finishes dry with big dark fannie mae cacao chocolate. Overall, this is a good imperial stout but it’s too cacao and raisin forward for my taste.
HopsandBolts (178) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle from the LCBO.
Appearance: Pours a
dark black with a couple fingers of tan head which leaves quite a bit of dense lacing.
Smoky wood, malt, some hops.
Malt, chocolate milk, moca, black licorice, charcoal and some hops.
Rich and creamy with lighter carbonation.
Overall: I like this stout. The subtle nuances of smoke and hop aromas come together with loads of chocolate milk, coffee and black licorice flavours.
BigBeer45 (1318) - Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a bomber bottle, this bottle has ‘10.5% abv. ‘ printed on it,
this beer poured a dark brown / black and gave a creamy, dark tan one to two finger cover that receded to a ring and brown film of bubbles,
the nose had aromas of roasted malt (but not intense dark roasted malt), chocolate, a little coffee, caramel and malt sweetness,
grass and citrus hops in the background,
the flavors were roasted malt, citrus hops, chocolate, caramel and brown sugar sweetness,
the finish had some hop bitterness that lingered on the tongue,
the mouth feel was medium full with average carbonation, it was creamy and gave a touch of warmth on the throat,
it had a smooth roasted malt and chocolate nose, the flavor had a good hop presence with roasted malt and chocolate,
probably one of the hopiest impys I have had to date, even though I found the abundance of hops interesting in this beer, I prefer a less hoppy beer with generous roasted malt, chocolate and molasses, I will age another bottle and see how it drinks.
Berard (447) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - APR 27, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours nearly black with crime colored head that is slow to form and dissipates to the edges quickly. Slight off-putting aroma. Mild heat and nice balanced coffee flavor. I bit light in the shorts.
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