ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Evil looking black pour with a big dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, caramel, wood. A lot going on in this one. Flavor is a big burst of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is a little disappointing though. A bit thin and watery for what you’d like it to be. A hint of bourbon and a healthy dose of chocolate. This is a nice beer.
ADfan (691) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Barbaras in L.A. it poured black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted fruits with some caramel. Taste was rich with some mild coffee notes and some oatmeal. Medium finsih.
bhensonb (12764) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Pours really dark with a 3 finger creamy dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate with underlying vanilla. Med+ body. Flavor is bourbon/vanilla, nasty burnt malt, coffee and chocolate. It burns - whether from burnt malt or hop? Delicious. Finishes dry and bitter. No noticeable heat.
sonnycheeba (4388) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, creamy beige head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, and light earthy hops. Flavor is heavy malt, average hops, and light fruit esters; dry, dark chocolate finish. Medium/full body with medium carbonation and warmth.
BeerandBlues2 (10915) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Naja’s. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee and roast malt, plums and dates with light smoke notes and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with velvety chocolate, coffee, lightly bitter malt, dark fruity esters and a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
marcus (7822) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Toronado. Pours black with a modest tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a bitter chocolate flavor with a coffee finish. Quite complex for a stout.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a 22 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a deep brown-black with a medium foam brown head. The nose is deep roasted malts with coffee grinds and dark fruit sugars. The flavors have a sweet malts, sugary dark fruits, prunes, anise. Can be a bit over sweet at times. Full mouth with a good carbonation that sometimes feels too much with the peppery feel from the anise flavors. A good IRS.
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Chocolate aroma, taste of chipotle chocolate with a bit of coffee. Smooth finish.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Rating #53. Black pour with a milk chocolate brown head. Light roast coffee aroma, dark chocolate. Bitter roast flavor, more coffee with a lingering bitterness. (2195)
SDalkoholic (2261) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop: Poured an evil dark black while a tan colored head formed on top only to retreat moments later. The nose is lush and robust with a rich aroma of perfectly roasted black malts with a hint of lactose to balance and sweeten the coffee presence. The drink is mind blowing with a bold delivery of roasted coffee bean and bitter sweet chocolate that mesh together in harmony. Also, in the finish there is a thick taste of roast coffee that just hits the spot and sends satisfaction signals to my brain. Prime example of what an Imperial stout should be. I’m sort of surprised it was brewed by Speak Easy, but I will be keeping my eye on future releases.