efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap @ southern tier. pours a dark brown-black with a brown head. unfortunately they only served it in wimpy 12oz glasses (not snifters either, just small pint glasses) as opposed to a full pint. aroma is dark chocolate roasted malt sweetness with a tiny hint of dates. taste is like thick, dark chocolate milk. mouthfeel is a bit sticky and syrupy, but not too much. full, heavy. pretty sweet. slight bittersweet chocolate finish. i agree with the others, not much alcohol in the flavor, which actually makes it a bit more drinkable IMO. though i have to say, i prefer (by quite a large margin) ST’s Oat over this one. it’s not as complex as Oat. that said, i think ST didn’t want to brew two imperial stouts that were too similar; this one grabs a different kind of beer lover than the Oat does. enough rambling. stylewise, i’m not impressed. not great for an imperial stout, unless you like just a pretty basic milky chocolate flavor. not nearly complex enough, though the flavor it has is pretty nice. definately try it though.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2008 Bomber. Rerating after the first bottle I had wasn’t very good. This bottle is totally different with both bittersweet and semi sweet chocolate. Its really liquid chocolate. Quite tasty.
Pailhead (4806) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Wow! That’s a lot of chocolate in the aroma. It’s a combination of cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, light vanilla, and the slightest hint of bittersweet dark chocolate. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head that quickly fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with an intense dose of chocolate syrup and chocolate cake batter. Light cocoa powder notes in the background along with some hints of vanilla. The finish has some faint burnt black coffee bitterness and bittersweet chocolate. There’s no alcohol present in the flavor. The further I get into the bottle the more the bittersweet chocolate increases in the finish and provides a more balanced flavor with all the sweet chocolate flavors up front. Medium-full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel and mild carbonation. One-dimensional? Probably...but that one dimension is pretty tasty.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
now we’re talking. Powdered chocolate aroma and flavor that makes this beer so unbalanced, but so delicious nonetheless . A new winter treat for sure.
TheEpeeist (3346) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a small, frothy tan head. Aroma starts with Hershey bar fading into a chocolate malted. Amazing. Body almost like melted chocolate with some lime tang. Taste, as expected, Hershey’s syrup and dark chocolate malted milk balls. Black coffee finish.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle: Pours to a opaque dark brown body that appears black with a tiny, almost nonexistent, light brown head that quickly fades. The aroma shows some sweet dark chocolate, though it’s almost as if the chocolate itself is bitter and roasty while the smell is being sweetened by the malt. There’s some hints of spice in the nose as well with some light almonds, rum-raisin bread, very mild vanilla, and a hint of a sweet gummy dark malt syrup. Taste shows hints of what I can only describe as a woody mild licorice up front, but might be coming from the type of chocolate used, This is quickly followed by a deep chocolate flavor showing both deep, bittersweet chocolate notes and dark, roasted bitter malt flavors. Hops poke through a bit at first and then later in the finish, just enough so that you can taste a bit of a bitter pine/grapefruit bite that never overwhelms any of the chocolate/roasted flavors but nicely cuts the heavy & bitter flavors (I know, odd to say that bitterness cuts through bitterness but it works here). Medium bodied, mild carbonation, finishes with a short bitter hops & chocolate taste then later cuts to a stale malt flavor at the end. As usual a solid offering from Southern Tier, but despite the fact that I’m not a fan of imperial stouts in general I have to say that this one is beat by other examples of the style that have more depth of flavor and fuller/creamier body.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle, was going to be having the Gemini tonight, but the damn wax ruined my evening, so Choklat it is. Generous pour yields a black liquid with a thin fading ring of tan foam. Aroma is straight up hershey’s syrup. Flavor is more of the same, pretty one dimensional. Fairly thin body, drinks way too smooth for 11%.
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @statelineliquors and bottled, thanks Robert! Medium statured light brown head, fair retention and lace. Black colored brew. Nose is bold and large, chocolate, subdued roast and some malted milk. Body is med/full, coating on the palate, slick. Just alot of chocolate flavors, bittersweet, bakers chocolate, whopperish notes as well as hints of berry, light alc. notes, cocoa. Finish is bittersweet and lightly roasty. Alot of flavor and aromas from this brew. Really grabs yer attention at first but wears you down as you go. Alc. is well hidden. Took alot to finish this bomber. WHEW!
adrian910ss (2356) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 22 oz bomber. Pours a pitch black with a thick and creamy beige head. Aroma of baking chocolate, Hersheys syrup and chocolate malt. Taste is rich and creamy dark baking chocolate with hints of melted Hersheys chocolate and malt. Superb !!
ABUSEDGOAT (2388) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What an interesting beer! After the mess that was Jahva I didn’t have high expectations. Wow was I in for a treat. Pitch black pour, moderate to small head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is EXTREMELY rich chocolate. I’m not talking Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence, that stuff is a joke compared to this. This beer actually smells like friggin Lindt chocolate. Extremely rich chocolate aroma, unlike any other beer I’ve had. Lesser notes of coffee, darker fruits and faint hops. Medium to heavy body, somewhat sweet but not overly so. Rich chocolate flavors, alcohol hidden well. Strays far outside the border of a typical IS, I found it very enjoyable. Great success!