MadRobin (999) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap 4 oz. sample at the Uptown Grille in Commerce Township (near Novi), MI.
Clear, extremely dark mahogany with fine tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of roast coffee, chocolate, dark malt and dark fruit.
Taste of dark fruit, sweet roasted malt, roast coffee and caramel with a peppery finish.
Full body and medium/light carbonation.
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esp0r (1259) - NORWAY - NOV 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Pours pitch black with a thin brown head. Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee, oats and some hops in the back. Taste is medium to heavy sweet, dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee, some caramel. Creamy thick mouthfeel, feels quite excuisite, ends with a moderate bitter finish. A very nice imperial stout. Heavy, flavorful with nice texture. Nice!
alcaponejunior (349) - Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite nice looking, black as night with a two finger lasting brown head and good lace.
Smells nice, plenty of roasted and burn malts, some chocolate sweetness, a little coffee, a little hoppy tang, some dark fruitiness too.
Taste is very nice, the roasted and burnt malts provide a very nice background, accented by tangy, spicy hops, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, tons of oats, balanced sweetness and a tinge of alcohol.
Body is full and thick, carbonation is smooth, a little alcohol warming, residual bitterness balanced by a light sweetness.
An exceptionally well balanced and delicious stout, perhaps my new favorite stout that’s touting "oats" as it’s big selling point. This may also be my new favorite from the Southern Tier Imperial series. It has less of a desserty flavor than many of the other imperial stouts in the series, making it more of a standard stout than a dessert beer.
Now matter how you slice it, this one kicks ass!
freeofthoughts (522) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dense black with tan coffee foam head. Smells dense, sweet sugary with roasted barley and a near peatiness. The taste is rich smooth creamy oat driven with a cutting bittering roasted barley, a good deal of sweetness brightens the beer bringing in a slightly warming alcohol. The alcohol is welcome but upsets the smooth grainy base of the beer by taking the sweetness up to 11, near 11% in fact. A light earthy peppery ginger root + some bittering grain with the spice of hops gels well with the malt flavor and a touch of fruit in the hops brings out a dark raisin, pear, and some subtle dark berry yeast flavours. Smooth soft carbonation helps the feel but the bold roasted grains and alcohol are the solid lingering characters and make it a good strong imperial stout. Quite a bit rich on intensity but well worth the price.
Thechasm442 (287) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 10/11/2011 served in a snifter @ 41 degrees. Pours a midnight black with a thin tan head that shrinks leaving decent lacing. Aroma is roasted barley, licorice, bourbon, oak, and brown sugar. Taste is barley, oats, chocolate, mild licorice, vanilla, and more oats in the back. Medium and chewy in the mouth. Real good stout.
OrionBelt (32) - ITALY - OCT 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with shades of brown. The nose caramel, coffee and licorice.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, roasted malts, light caramel and cofee. Softness very pleasant in the mouth, combined with the floral hops. Good stout.
kdm1984 (433) - Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oat - Strong roasted flavors of coffee and dark chocolate with a backing of oatmeal. Head isn’t too impressive, but the lacing retains thick, if uneven, rings. Taste - floored! One of the best balanced impies I’ve had. Great depth of roastiness, a hint of smoke and licorice, and sturdy - but not syrupy-thick - body. Doesn’t have the lingering quality of, say, Founders, but an excellent impy regardless. Very pleasantly surprised.
erickok (2282) - Tours, FRANCE - OCT 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black bodied and with bubbly, quickly disappearing tan head Big carbonation. Roasted, rye malts, honey, dark chocolate and licorice. Clean yeast profile. Quite a full flavour, but it better be at 11% abv. Lots of balancing hops. Different than your usual low carbonation, sweet and concentrated impy, but pretty good by itself. (Bomber)
libertine (143) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours almost black with a thin tan head.aroma is espresso,chocolate and burnt sugars.flavor is coffee and chocolate upfront.getting some raisins and very slight anise and finishing bitter.medium carbonation and full bodied with a sticky mouth.alchohol is present but well hidden.balanced in aroma and flavor,oat is a completely solid stout and well worth the nine dollars i spent for it.southern tier seems to really knock it out of the park with their stouts.
Chudwick (1084) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - OCT 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
double deuce - pours black with two finger’s worth of dark beige head and decent lacing. Nose is chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark fruit, and hops of some sort. Flavor adds oats and roastiness. Dry finish. Moderately sweet with a linger bitterness. Full body and easy to drink.