ImtheSlime (10) - Norwood, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It poured black with a thin, almost one finger dark brown head. The glass wasn’t clean enough, so it didn’t stay, and thus no lacing. It smelled of dark fruit, malty sweetness, some roast, apple strudel. It’s sweet, dark fruits like raisins, apples and plums overtop light roasty malts. It feels thin with some light carbonation. This was nice at first, but a bit too sweet. It’s pretty light - good for after dinner even on a pretty full stomach. I remember this leaving a somewhat flat kind of memory in my mind.
chinchill (1963) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours near black with some dark brown/reddish hues. Large, creamy tan head has good retention - leaves a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass.
Sweet and lightly spicy aroma with a base of dark roasted malts
Taste is unusually sweet. The hops that lend a spiciness to the aroma fail to do enough to counter the sweetness until the finish, although the sweetness does linger into the finish. Seems to lack a solid dark malt base until near the finish. A bit of tartness to it.
Mouthfeel is smooth, but with some tongue tingle; Ner full body. Medium-light carbonation that seems appropriate.
A little too sweet for style from the start to mid-taste. Lacks balance,
queenholly (2987) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Chocolate, smoky prune/dark fruits, caramel, and light coffee aroma. Black brown with a small dark tan head. Roasty coffee, chocolate, light licorice, sweet dark fruit flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation. Solid, but not incredibly complex.
SlovakSniper (3229) - Out Of This World, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Une petite bouteille qui crache un liquide noir et huileux. La grosse mousse brune est coriace et presque fabuleuse. La dentelle est éparpillée. Le nez est plein de malts rôtis, de réglisse, de chocolat mi-amer et de caramel foncé. J’aime bien ce que je sens. Au goût, c’est un peu comme un sweet stout bien balancé avec du chocolat, de la réglisse, de la mélasse et une pointe torréfiée. En bouche, j’ai la nette impression d’un corps de moyenne densité avec un pétillement modéré et une texture crémeuse. La finale est sèche, amère de grains foncés et parfumée par une réglisse chocolatée. Pas pire. Bouteille trouvée au Total W de Fort Lauderdale.
Indra (2626) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Aroma of dried fruit, dark, roasty malt, semi-sweet chocolate, raisin and cherry, some background sweetness present here as well. Utterly black in color with a very slight, fading head. Flavor profile is full of dark chocolate, prune and malt roast, with lighter notes of toffee and vanilla, mild-moderate hop bitterness, and a coffeeish finish. Smooth and gently warming on the palate with low effervescence and a full body. Interesting and tasty.
Beachmaster (145) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours an inky blank, with a medium off-white head which quickly fades, leaving fair lacing. Nose is burnt malt and coffee. Taste is coffee and dark malt, with a mild hop finish which nicely cuts the sweetness. Well made.
AndyW68 (1108) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark pour with tan head. Aroma is sweet molasses and dark fruit. Taste Smokey dark fruit with.light chalky feel.
Lemke10 (806) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours a very dark brown color with a slight head. The aroma is mild with sweet malts and sugars. The flavor has a sweet malty taste that finishes a little chalky. There is also a little bit of a alcohol burn in the finish. Pretty decent stuff.
suprchunk (2266) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour. Big tan head, but I did force it a bit. It does stay for a bit once there though. Little bit of lacing. Molasses and dark fruit aroma. Slight caramel and vanilla. Chocolate and malt taste. Creamy finish. Nice beer.
HonusWagner (1428) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit heavy on the carbonation. Nose has a fairly alcoholic character for a beer clocking in this low for an RIS. Flavors of berries, cocoa, a dusting of coffee grinds, but a bit alcoholic in the finish and not clean by any stretch. Has some decent flavors going on and is certainly drinkable but a bit of a disappointment since I really love Black Bavarian.
drjay44 (2672) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained mocha head, with extensive lacing, over a black (SRM 40) body......nose is coffee, cocoa, chocolate, with minimal hop spice....taste is coffee, cocoa, chocolate, light toffee/caramel, hints of sweetness, vanilla, cherry, with light hop bitterness near the finish....mouth feel heavy of medium, slightly sticky, carbonation adds a heavy, almost ice cream creaminess, but finishes with a nice acid finale. This is a nicely complex, well balanced Imperial. It is not the best in complexity and is reminiscent of the more English Imperial Stouts. BJCP 8/3/15/5/8