Niekon (10) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: dark with a nice espresso foam colored head that retains rather well & foams up with a swirl of the glass
Aroma: chocolate witha slight hint of anise
Flavor: a definite chocolate & maltiness combines for the makings of a fine beer out of SF
Palate: full & thick with a long chocolate finish that lingers
I’ve only had a few different beers from Speakeasy even though my wife is from the Bay Area... they just weren’t a brewery that we went out of our way to try too often, but finding this imperial stout would have me looking more into their other styles to try.
Suttree (6013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one those beers. You know, its good, but I still have half a bottle in the fridge and the prospect of finishing it isn’t exactly thrilling. At any rate it’s a well made imperial stout. I don’t think I need to describe it.
Strykzone (6560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook. He was in McCall, Iowa and I in Illinois. The poured very dark and was almost black. The aroma was chocolate with roasted notes. The flavor was that with a biting spicy aspect. At first it tasted like pepper. I realized it was hop based. Those hops were citrus but I am still not sure how it gave this beer such a bite. I did like it. Roasted notes, cocoa, citrus, and that bite were the four legs that this beer stood on. Nicely done. I liked it.
Thomcann (6) - Selden, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amazing and strong stout. Very bitter and a bit of tobacco throughout the palate. Not a hint of sweetness in this one.
kcorum10 (347) - Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice black color with tan head. Aromas and flavors of roasted malt, some chocolates and mild black licorice.
Butters (4038) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. This thing is pretty nice. 2013 bomber pours jet black with ample brown head. This is your typical impy stout, but with so much more character. Notes of vanilla, cocoa, wood, earth, tobacco, and smoke. The oak aging adds a perfect facet to this beer without overpowering it. Finish with a dry/acrid cold smoke flavor. Really enjoyed this.
Barreras (1526) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2013 Pours a dark black color with an intense deep coffee aroma. Taste is rich with caramel and coffee coming straight through. A slight chili spice lingers on the tongue after the swallow, leaving a bitter bite. The alcohol content is evident with this beer. An Imperial Stout that is complex and bites back.
daknole (10840) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark pour, brown head. Charred oak, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, prunes, molasses, lots of hops. Not quite integrated well enough.
50belair (3315) - Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a brown head. Roasted malt aromas. Mild chocolate and roasted malt notes. Decent body and mouthfeel. A little underachieving IMHO.
Ibrew2or3 (8040) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber pours with a nice and dark body that supports a cool looking mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, chocolate malts and a bit of black licorice. The taste is nice and roasty, burnt malts, chocolate malts and firm spicy black licorice. It pretty much stays nice and roasty with dark roasted malts right into the finish. Pretty nice but all the black licorice like notes are to the level that I find them a bit distracting, but not nearly enough to not try this again. I liked it.