Stine (1642) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a velvety black cabernet appearance; very blackened brown with a red glow around the rim and underneath. Charred brownies, cinnamon french toast, and chocolate chip pancakes in the doughy aroma; plenty of oily cocoa liqueur and belgian chocolate grahams. Hot oranges. One dimensional, but gorgeously full and undeniably rich. Flavor seems thick from chocolate additions though thinly masking an insufficiency of heavy malt; bitter cola tastes tend to smack syrupy sugar in between the rich earthiness of chocolate in many forms. Mildly minty, bitter and peppery like a type of spiced, boozy, and chocolate killed mocha. Palate is cool and syrupy, earthy and sweet in the mouth, almost with a touch of vanilla bourbon heat. Alcohol lends a chalky dryness to a lengthy, baker’s chocolate finish. Smooth and textured; considering the goal this is quite a success. Thanks Andrew!
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, with much appreciation to bmartin08 for this excellent bonus; thanks Brian! Pours a dark brown/black with a sizable fluffy tan head, good lacing. Aroma is full of fine cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, and a touch of vanilla. Flavor is more of the same, with some hops bitterness along with a slight cocoa powder chalkiness on the finish. Chocolate in all its forms throughout, but the chalkiness is somewhat distracting.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2008 Bottle thanks to miketd. Poured a dark brown color with a thin tan head that diminished to a ring. Exploding chocolate aroma. The flavor is straight chocolate; thick, warming milk chocolate. Sweet, perhaps a bit too sweet in the middle. There is a faint, chalky bitterness in the finish. Usually I am not a fan of too much hops in imperial stouts, but this one could have used some more. Still, low carbonation gives this beer a slick texture that is easy too drink. Some alcohol present, but not bad for a 11% beer. Big thanks to Mike for sending me this beer even though I already owed him.
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I dont think i have gone against the grain with a stout like this before. Poured a very dark brownish black not completely opaque. Had a very small tan head that disapeared quickly which suprised me. The aroma initally was chocolate and roasty but not all that exciting. Later on it turned into really rich chocolate and very sweet. Flavor was sweet, bitter, roasty, and chocolatey but i had something else there i couldnt identify. Palate wasnt all that impressive either. I really wanted to like this one but maybe i just like my chocolate by itself and not in my beer.
Nephilium (1453) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The smell is an overpowering aroma of dark chocolate. It pours a thick black, with about a finger of tan head. The taste has a touch of alcohol heat, and dark chocolate. Tastes more like the dark chocolate Godiva liquor then a beer. Very drinkable though.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is... dark chocolate. Some notes of maple, hazelnut and dark cherry as well. Flavor, again, is really deep and complex dark chocolate, slight smokiness, rich caramel, hazelnut, vanilla, and a little cherry. Really unique experience, but I think Brooklyn BCS may have a bit more complexity as far as Imperial Chocolate Stouts go. Nonetheless, delicious and exceedingly drinkable. Palate is a little sticky.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a fizzy tan head that fades quickly. Smells of chocolate up front but not much else. Tastes like a cooled down hot chocolate with some peppery splashes. This reminds me of a chocolate liquor.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Superb aromas of actual chocolate, not chocolate malts or that fake tootsie roll chocolate smell. Pours dark with a moderate tan head.
Taste is pure chocolate with hints of vanilla bean in the finish. Medium-heavy bodied and on the sweet side. Alcohol non-existent, cant believe this is 11%, also cannot believe how much aroma and chocolate flavor ST has packed in this beauty.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with nice froathy light tan head that dissapears quickly. Aroma is bittersweet dark baking chocolate that is being mixed with milk in some recipe. Flavor is a ton of chocolate and a warming alcohol undertone. Bitter roasted malt finish. Overall, pretty good.
bp (819) - Queens, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: pours a dark black with a tan head that really sticks to the edge of the glass, aroma has a lot of chocolate and a little bit of some malt, wow - the taste is a smooth, malty, chocolate flavor, nice dry finish which helps since this has a lot of sweetness up front. An excellent brew.