hotstuff (4729) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of patrick767 at the Fort Wayne Winter Gathering.Small tan head, no lacing, opaque, no carbonation observed, and a dark brown hue with a red tint.Nose was malty, heavily chocolate, sweet, some caramel, and a hint of vanilla. Flavor was sweet, a lot of chocolate, vanilla, caramel and finishes dry.Smooth, dry mouthfeel and medium in body.Quaffable, pretty much one dimensional, and would make for a nice dessert beer.
jrob21 (3304) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
With a beer, I like complexity. At the same time I am a total chocoholic. That’s why I am a bit torn on my review here. As far as complexity goes, this one is pretty uncomplex and one dimensional with its chocolate bomb. The aroma is like walking into grandma’s house just after she baked a chocolate cake. The flavor is decadent truffle like chocolate. Oh yeah, this one came from rollinhard. Would totally welcome this one back again anytime.
BuckeyeBoy (5028) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle thanks to kmeves. I pulled this Chocolate treat out about the same time I was loading up my kids Easter Basket full of chocolate. This one Pours out a dark brownish red. This baby pours out nice and thick. A nice aroma of chocolate and light hop aroma. Tast full of sweet chocolate. With a nice bitter end. Very nice and thick. One more thing 11% I couldn’t pick it up. WOW Southern Tier is moving up my list. I have not had a brew from them yet that was bad.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to goldtwins: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin ring of light tan head. Aroma of rich sweet molten chocolate and some earthy roasted malt. Starts rich and chocolatey with a sweet Tootsie Roll flavor toward a slightly drier, full bittersweet finish. Slightly cloying right now, but should age well.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque black with a three-quarter-inch head of beige.
Traces of lacework are found on the glass only for a short while.
Aromatics are massively chocolaty.
Extremely fresh, high cocoa content chocolate.
Solid chocolate drizzeled with chocolate syrup and dusted with cocoa powder.
The nose finishes with a hint of espresso and dried brownie mix.
The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and tongue-wrapping.
The pallet is laced with a huge amount of dark chocolate, cocoa nubs, fudge-coated coffee beans, and black forest batter.
Alcohol is barely warming and barely cuts through the profile.
Finishes with ligering dark chocolate syrup, a drying bitterness, and espresso gounds.
Wowza. Did I mention chocolate? Absolutely by far the most intense chocolate experience to be found in a beer.
thedm (5367) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 21, 2008
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a small sized head of foamy fine to large sized dark brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a dark brown colored body and a poor lacing. The strong aroma was all chocolate/cocoa. The thick mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong chocolate/cocoa aftertaste. The strong flavor contained notes of malt and chocolate/cocoa. A decent one but not one that I would consider drinking again too sweet and wya too much chocolate for my palate although it smells wonderful.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An awesome beer that I was lucky to try. Great aroma, chocolate and malts. Taste is hugely chocolatly though a nice roasted malt taste shows through. Ending was of a dark chocolate, ie: slightly bitter with a slight sweetness accented by some malts. I’m a great fan of this beer.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, they sure aren’t kidding about the chocolate, the aroma of which instantly permeates the room once you start pouring. Said pour produces a solid dark-brown with a tight foamy creamy head. A closer inspection of the aroma is still overwhelmingly chocolate, though it has a slight artificial quality to it. Aroma also gives off a good dose of sweet sugary malt. A sip first reveals -- surprise! -- lots of dark chocolate, though the artificial quality that showed up in the aroma is thankfully absent in the flavor. Dry, roasty, slightly bitter grain shows up next, only to be tempered by a welcome dose of sweet caramel-like malt and a dash of vanilla. Alcohol shows up just enough to warm and not enough to overwhelm. Velvety-smooth, thick, creamy and slightly flat palate. Yeah, this is good stuff even if they almost go into overkill with the chocolate. Well worth the praise it has received here and elsewhere.
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overpowering chocholate. This one is almost to the point that I wouldnt call it beer. However, the chocholate is of high quality, and the brew is tasty so it gets good marks. Tastes good and gets you drunk.
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Capone’s. Deep brown to ebony with a soft, foamy caramel head. Big nose of melted chocolate, and a nutty roastiness. Flavor was alot of rich chocolate, much more than I’ve ever gotten in an imperial stout. Pretty impressive in that regard. Despite these merits, I felt sick and sluggish toward the end of my 9oz. snifter of this. That, to me, is the eternal downfall of most imperial stouts: I just don’t have it in me to finish the blessed thing.
There should be a ratings criteria for "drinkability" or "does it make you feel sick" or something to that effect. I suppose those points should be deducted from the overall score if the beer TASTES good but makes you feel sick due to how heavy it is, but I’m just saying.