MrBeerFanatic (901) - Friona, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hearty dark brown with a creamy brown head. Big aromas of dark chocolate, coco, coffee, caramel, roasted malts, and vanilla. This is an absolutely delicious brew! The flavor is pretty intense of chocolate, almost like it was melted right into this glass and transformed to liquid. The coffee note is a par under with some roasted malts and a little caramel poking through. There are also noted coco and a touch of vanilla and toffee. Sweet, a little bitter, creamy/silky and rich. You can actually notice some of the chocolate after every sip. The alcohol is not really noticeable. Waited a long time to try this and Iím glad I did. Awesome.
smith4498 (3253) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by bconley @ otakudens Vero Beach Throwdown. Pours extremely dark brown with light brown head. Very strong milk chocolate aroma. It tastes like a liquid Hershey bar with some espresso. Alcohol flavor is pretty strong.Full body with average carbonation. Very enjoyable.
italarican (1526) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark chocolate brown with little head. The aroma blew me away with its intensity but gradually evolved (devolved?) with each sniff. It went from pure dark chocolate... to chocolate pudding... to chocolate pudding skin... to scratch ní sniff chocolate pudding. Flavor was stovetop chocolate pudding. Coffee and an alcohol finish emerge as it warms. Fairly creamy. No surprise that this is obnoxious and in your face, but thatís not a bad thing when it comes to chocolate.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black beer with a thick sticky tan head. The aroma is just incredible. Massive, soft sweet coffee and cocoa character. Excellent sweet chewiness. Intense chocolate syrup and a fresh coffeeish nose as well. Nice and chewy with a bit of heavy sweetness. Nice and chewy palate with a bit of milk chocolate sweetness. The chocolate is mostly present through the middle, but the coffee pops up on the finish. A little bit of soft earthy bitterness. Like all the ST imperial series, itís really intense and sweet but itís incredibly delicious.
joergen (23578) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home.
Black coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Sweet and light roasted aroma dominated by dark chocolate with notes of coffee and alcohol.
Sweet and light roasted flavour of dark chocolate and coffee with notes of hops and alcohol.
Roasted and warming alcoholic finish.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber. Dark brown, almost black body with almost no tan head. Aroma is delightfully chocolaty with a hint of coffee. Flavor is quite sweet, but not cloying, heavy on the chocolate, with a bit of coffee bitterness, and some hop bite in the finish. The 11% ABV is well hidden. Palate is smooth and moderately thick. This probably isnít the most complex beer Iíve tasted, but if you like sweet imperial stouts, and I do, itís a wonderful beer.
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Otakudenís throwdown. Very dark body...I mean BLACK body. Smells of big coffee and chocolate malts. Incredibly sweet chocolate, moreso than the coffee, but itís definitely. Also really cool milk flavor in there. AWESOME!
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bomber! Poured medium-dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of all that is good in the world - chocolate, coffee, and malt. Taste was extremely smooth and creamy coffee and chocolate. Sweet but not cloying, thick but not heavy. Delightful in the extreme.
argo0 (12118) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) Small tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, coffee ice cream. Taste is moderately sweet, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, light butterscotch. Creamy medium-full body.
3fourths (8600) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Mobile rating. Thick, rich, decadent caramel and sweet cream (cream puff) flavor. Mild butterscotch smell and flair. Body is rich, moderately thick, but somewhat harsh, tannic, oak heavy, astringent. Still a nice stout.