ccoburn (22) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours black with a tan head. Normal imperial stout appearance. The aroma is just like a cardboard can of nestle chocolate milk mix. Can’t pull anything out of it other than that. Maybe if it was the dark chocolate version which to the best of my knowledge, does not exist. By now the head died from a quarter inch to a slim film on the brew. Taste... wow. Not as much of a beer as it is a dark chocolate powder and water mix. Is this really 11 percent abv? I’m getting zero alcohol out of this beer. Brilliant. Just Brilliant. This is insane. Hence the spelling of the name. I now regret only getting one bottle of this from out of state. If i had only known, I would have bought more to show my friends that are non-believers. I can’t believe what I have here. I wouldn’t say this is the best Imperial Stout ever, but there is another category for it, and this puts a new standard for them all. Of all of the Southern Tier brews, this is their masterpiece by far. The rating needs to be one more point above 99. This is just magic.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. This one pours basically black with a dark tan head. Aroma is, well, chocolate. Very dark chocolate to be precise, with a touch of sweetness and an undertone of alcohol. It tastes a little like a mocha with the heavy chocolate and a touch of espresso on the backside. Really really tasty.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 Sweet sweet aroma. Smells like I just opened a bottle of chocolate syrup and stuck my nose in. Very malt, and maybe a hint of fruit. Dark brown nearly black color. Extremely sweet chocolate flavor, sweet on the start and a nice dark chocolate bitter finish. Very full bodied and thick as can be. There are some notes of alcohol in the finish, but not enough to make it unpleasant, and after all, it is 11% so I can forgive. This is a dessert beer through and through.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
taste from 22oz bottle thanks to after4ever(or maybe Colin?). Almost perfect aroma of pure, high quality chocolate. Wow. Tons of bitter chocolate flavor in the taste. A little fruity. Reminded me of chocolate sauce after being mixed with a little bit of cherry juice in an ice cream sundae. But, a 1oz sample is more than enough to say "wow, cool" and then move on. Interesting, but not very approachable and wish they had accomplished that type of chocolate flavor with a less intense beer.
Viper666 (2811) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille 650ml, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur noire et opaque. Nez de chocolat assez sucré (poudre Quick), moyen de chocolat noir, léger de chocolat au lait, de malt rôti, de houblon herbeux (herbes mouillée) et d’alcool doux ainsi que des notes de noix et de vanille. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture riche, crémeuse et aux petites notes sirupeuses. Goût de chocolat au lait (légèrement lactique) avec des notes de crème brûlée et de vanille lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût moyennement amer de malt rôti (petites notes brûlées), d’un mélange de chocolat assez sucré (rappelant les barres de chocolat industrielles) et noir avec des notes de caramel sucré. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un léger-moyen goût d’alcool un peu réchauffant présent jusqu’en finale où on note également la présence de houblon herbeux (herbes humides) ainsi que des notes de noix asséchantes et des traces de café. Post-goût long et un peu sec, moyennement amer de chocolat noir, de rôti (notes brûlées), léger de chocolat au lait, d’alcool, de noix et de houblon herbeux avec des traces de café.
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22. Thanks, Colin! Pours black. Headless, laceless (after a few seconds). Gargantuan chocolate nose; just ridiculous. Starts off like rich dark belgian chocolate--ya know, the antioxidant kind. As it warms it gets more into tootie roll/milk chocolate territory. Creamy body, like chocolate milk. Everything about this beer is decadent and overwhelming. 6 of us split it and everyone at some point uttered some variant of "tooooo much." But at the same time everyone enjoyed it. A little hot and twangy at the end. It would be shocking if it weren’t at this abv. Great stuff. For now and then.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a thick brown head. Aroma just screaming with chocolate - lots of cocoa and dark chocolate notes accompanied by some notes of vanilla and light roastiness. Flavor is also heavily chocolatey, with some roasted nut flavors, moderate hop bitterness in the finish, along with coffe and bittersweet chocolate. This one is for chocolate lovers.
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
*loved it would buy it*
aroma: deep rich dark chocolate. some sweet malts and classy booze. app: black. Flavor: just the like the seed from the loins of willy wonka himself! great chocolate. very nice. very 1D though. I would have balanced it with a hint of smoke. but great. palate: fine OA: shameful childhood memories mixed with great rich chocolate! amazing.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. Bottle. General appearance of the beer is rich brown/black with a fairly thin tan head. Snifter really accentuates the potent cocoa and chocolate aroma. Not much else in the nose, but lots of fairly sweet scented chocolate. First touch on the tongue is also heavily chocolate flavored although not too sweet, definitely more of a bitter or semisweet chocolate character. The chocolate is followed up by some intense doses of hop bitterness. Almost to the point where it seems a bit harsh for a beer designed to accentuate and display the flavors of chocolate. Flavor also shows some burnt malt character. Mouthfeel is medium thick with a soft but persistent carbonation that is just about right for this style. Finish is short and perhaps a bit too bitter. Chocolate character is all upfront in this one with more traditional imperial stout characters dominating on the back half. At 11% the alcohol is amazingly well hidden.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a typical imperial stout black with minimal head. Aroma of chocolate...taste of milk-chocolate, with a creamy mouthfeel. I found the chocolate to be more of the milk-chocolate variety and it didn’t balance very nicely imho...I’ll stick with their Java stout instead.