craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. far from an Imperial Stout... this is more of a brown ale... pours like one... tastes like one.... etc. lots of nut aromas and nut presence over the body.... really lacking the depth and roast of a big imperial. very disappointed.
brokensail (9113) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is an opaque dark brown color with a full, creamy tan colored head.
S: Great notes of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee in the nose.
T: The characteristics of the nose translate very well to the palate. A lot of great dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a nice bitterness on the finish. Maybe a tinge of alcohol as well.
M: The body is medium with a creamy carbonation.
D: I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. A great combination of roast and bitterness that I found to be very enjoyable.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours ruby colored with a fully receding tan head. Notes of dark toffee, rye bread, rum, spice, molasses and toasted malts. Full bodied with lively carbonation.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Aroma is roasty with hints of chocolate. Body is slightly thin for the given style. Coffee, roast, chocolate and a cream mouth-feel
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft at Brewvival. very cool of these guys to make the trip from texas and bring some great beer. pours a dark brown, actually light for an imperial stout, with a whispy tan head and solid lacing. aroma is excellent with big, roasted nuts, chocolate malts, caramel, char, and mild coffee with a hint of molasses. flavor is wonderful with huge, roasted nuts (peanut, almond, fliberts), dark malts, cocoa powder, coffee with cream, wood, and burnt coffee with a touch of vanilla. palate is thinner than your typical imperial stout but it definitely works with the nutty, roastiness of the brew. overall, a well made brew that iíd like to try again.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz can from Binnys singles rack (Orland Park, IL). Pours a murly dark brown, lighter ruby light brown bottom that letís copious light through, a big brown head that cakes, laces well. Aromas are sweeter cocoa, roasted malts, a touch of tobacco, vanilla, coffee. Nice, sweeter edged. Initial is a good roasty base, sweet and bitter chocolate, coffee with cream, almost like a solid porter with a touch of tobacco, roasty and sweet, a nice balance with light bitterness on the backend, a bit warming. This is nice, not too roasty with a sweeter yet still bitter cocoa edge, coffee, and a touch of vanilla, smooth on the palate, faint hopping as it finishes, this is pretty good, although feels like a porter
alexsdad06 (3821) - Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. can from maltomeal. Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights and a large beige head. The aroma is nicely roasted malts, a blend of milk and dark chocolate and molasses. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, mild coffee, with a smooth but dry presentation. The finish has some mild bitterness that balances some of the sweetness of the beer. Medium bodied and very easy to drink. Plus one for the can. I am happy that this is now sold locally and just in time for the early golf season.
Rating # 59 for this beer.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark reddish-brown beer with a great looking head. The aroma was roasted grains, coffee, & really is very grainy. The taste was very grainy, coffee, with a slight bitter ending.
dchmela (2482) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Xpimptastixx for the can. Black pour with a thick creamy head. Deep roasted grain and chocolate malt aroma. Dry roasted grain taste with hints of chocolate. Smooth and dry with a nice creaminess, good brew.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2010 One of my new favorite non-imperial stouts. Wonderful aroma and flavor of nutty roasted malts. Just a raw, simple, full flavored, easy to drink, stout. I bought a can to give it a shot and went back the next day to pick up a 4-pack.