michaelinwa (463) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour, somewhat thin disappear tan head, light aroma of roasted grain and hint of chocolate. Flavor is balance of roasted malt, chocolate and hops. Moderately complex and interesting. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little velvety. Finish lingering hop bitterness and a strange sweet aftertaste that I could do without, and that’s probably the main weakness for me. Still, a nice IS.
icehawk (223) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big, thick, and chewy. Alcohol is well hidden, and surprisingly drinkable since it’s not sweet.
kaser (1125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour from 22 oz. drank on a dock on Sunday funday. Not a dock beer. Tan head. Chocolate and slight hops and malts. A huge beer.
timfoolery (904) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade at the end of 2011. Aroma and flavor of extreme oatmeal stout...good amount of sweetness, but nothing compared to other ST offerings. Palate is carb front, but loses it quickly. Excellent beer.
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Darwenus (405) - Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours thick, almost viscous black with a head that fades to just a foamy, tenacious ring around the top edge. The aroma is chocolate, toffee, coffee, all kinds of rich, sweet tones. That’s all in the flavor, too, along with an indication of the 11% ABV and some spicy, hoppy tingle. The body is really thick and formidable.
superspak (1539) - Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/19/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, oats, toast, toffee, coffee, cream, dark bread, floral, light nuttiness, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oats, roasted malt, toast, toffee, cream, light char, floral, dark bread, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark and milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, toffee, oats, light char, cream, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted and dark malt flavors; with big robustness and malt balance, with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial stout! Big robustness and complexity of roasted and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A highly enjoyable offering.
JStax (1724) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a darker brown to black with a thin, khaki colored head of foam. Aroma is a soft oat and nutty chocolate and coffee. Taste is mildly bitter in the front end, but that gives way to a pleasant dark sweetness from there to the finish.
tourette (200) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted on tap at Chuck's. For my palate, this is as good as it gets. More subdued than some of the other imperial stouts I've tried tonight. But incredibly complex and perfectly balanced. Almonds and hazelnuts. Coffee and toffee. Milky smooth. Jesus this is great beer.
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Itzjerm (598) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very oaty... for alchol content more could be done. Much better Imperail stout exist out there. Easy drinking, thin head. dark mild beer very thick maybe to thick. I’ve had better in this realm.
_angst_ (1796) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bought through Brill & Co. Pours viscous brownish black with a small frothy and fizzy mocha head that quickly dissipates while leaving a tiny trace on the glass. Smell is sweet with roasted malts, roasted cereal, oatmeal cookies, hay, wood, banana bread, alcohol, dark roast coffee, cocoa powder, toffee and hints of burnt caramel. Taste is sweet, bitter and tiny sour with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, oatmeal cookies, banana bread, burnt caramel, toffee, salty liquorice candy, dark chocolate and charred wood. Mouthfeel is smooth, silky and medium to full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter and tiny sour with roasted malts, oatmeal cookies, banana bread, dark chocolate, sweetened dark roast coffee, burnt caramel and hints of salty liquorice candy. Smooth and pretty tasty…
Beersiveknown (1660) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at craft Brighton
Pours hazy dark mahogany with tan head, becomes a lacing with legs. Subdued chocolate nose. Very full bodied, rich smooth, almost syrupy chocolate sweetness, boozy warmth, rich roasted barley for a lingering finish. Some honey and increasingly alcohol forward as it warms and burnt toast.