ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - SEP 10, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: chocolate, roast malts and coffee, some bitterness. Pours an opaque inky black, thin tan head with average retention. Chewy chocolate, roasty with some coffee, caramel and molasses, pleasant sweetness, moderately bitter. Full body, creamy and smooth texture, average carbonation, really nice mouthfeel. Great brew.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yet another awesome beer shared by Josh and Jacqui at the hotel taste. Thanks!!! Love the label showed on the site, but the new, elegant one with gold and flame is equally bad-ass. I imagine the beer’s name, too, is a little nod to the local church (would’ve been more obvious to call it Telestial Stout, but gotta go stealth campaign I reckon). Anyways, this is one of many big stouts I had this summer that restored my faith in the style. Nice thick and creamy pour, with a huge aroma of dark choc and roasts. Velvety mouthfeel with a nicely chalky finish, and the fine flavors settle well and are complemented by dry bitter hops. Really fine.
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big bottle that goes forever. Pours deep and dark, with a glorious soft dense head. Smells like the darkest deepest roasted malty feast of happiness. Tastes just as deep and dark as it smells including the fact that you know you’ve got a serious beer. I would take another one but I don’t know if i can drink this beer by myself again. Although it would be a great beer with steak or game animals. Perhaps a good beer to enjoy with a 15yr scotch.
dwyerpg (5489) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really a great beer from start to finish. Pours much darker than used car oil, and thicker too. Tons of roasty characters and licorice notes. Very thick, definitely a sipper, but a darn good one. Wish I could afford to drink it all the time.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a 22 oz bottle from The Pub in the Monte Carlo. The appearance is an oily black with a thin tan brown head. The aromas are milky with a good amount of coco. The flavors are solid. Nice roasty malts with a bitter chocolate being the main contributor. Some oaky dryness notes and molasses as well. Worth another try for sure, solid Imperial Stout.
Capa (2597) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a dark brown head. Aroma is hefty and full of molasses, dark malts, herbal, chocolate, and booze, too. Thick body. Flavor has plenty of dark malts, molasses, cocoa, light roast, like smoke, and plenty of booze. Finish is nicely warm. Quite nice.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap: Oily darkness with a lively tan ring head. Wonderful aroma of brown sugar, alcohol, and mild splinters. Strong flavors - bitter then sweet. You can definitely taste the alcohol. It’s not smooth, a bit sharp for an imperial stout. Thin finish.
jzzbassman (1577) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Sparky. Pours a deep opaque black with a very small tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and smoke. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, earthy hops, and a bit of molasses.
markwise (5135) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours imperial stout dark brown/ black with a tan head. Nose is chocolate, spices, earth, licorice, and booze. Flavor is roast, chocolate, spices, earth, licorice, and booze. Medium-bodied and distinct licorice in the finish.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml, gold foiled bottle courtesy of bobbypaulson and arminjewell. thanks mike and armin! interesting that i landed two bottles of this stuff in a week, haha. pours a silky, slightly oily, opaque black with smooth, one-finger, mocha head leaving slick rings of lace. aroma is wonderful and reminds me of a southern chocolate shop with notes of dark cacao, milk chocolate, and cocoa powder backed by molasses, pralines, and whoppers candy with subtle notes of campfire smoke, coffee & cream, and vanilla cake with a touch of roast and earthy hops. flavor is fantastic as well with a more pronounced roasted coffee and charred malt presence layered atop smooth dark chocolate, molasses, and rich dark fruit notes with hints of creamy vanilla pudding, butterscotch, and burnt brownies with dry, herbal, earthy notes on the back end. palate is full bodied, rich and smooth with perfect carbonation, and a long, lingering, warming finish of dark chocolate and roast. overall, and outstanding imperial stout.