wedgie9 (2236) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 5/14/13 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Sun Devil. Pours an inky black with an average brown head that slowly recedes to a thin layer of uneven lace. The nose is full of molasses and darkly roasted espresso with touches of molasses and vanilla. The flavor is nice and dry and bitter, with some of the sweetish molasses and dark chocolate, but the bitter espresso really takes over nicely. The body is massively full with a little lighter than average carbonation and a super long molasses and pleasantly bitter espresso finish
superspak (2919) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, just release in April 2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, roasted espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, light char, floral, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt notes with the espresso; and some lightly noticeable hops. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, floral, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted flavors with big espresso; with a good hop bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial coffee stout as expected. Big balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with espresso; and quite smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour at bricks. Glossy black with chocolate colored head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate, some caramel, toffee. Taste is coffee and chocolate, roasted malt, some vanilla sweet, some burnt oak to it (bourbon?), great body, light smooth carbonation.
trevor211 (1358) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Fatherís Office in LA. Holy frijoles -- now this is a coffee stout. Unbelievably smooth, and the coffee is the warm espresso variety, not the stale note that too many beers exhibit. Chocolate and molasses -- this one is definitely a sweet stout, balanced beautifully by the roasty coffee. Wish this were available on a (really) regular basis -- itís just great.
zizzybalubba (1527) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bottle from The Greenville Beer Exchange, Greenville, SC (bottled March 28, 2013). Thick dark brown to nearly black pour with a rich brown head. Delicious aroma of roasted espresso and dark chocolate with light floral hops that sneak up from the back. Wonderful coffee flavor with rich mocha and light smoke that leave a slight lingering bitterness on the palate. The richness and mouthfeel are absolutely perfect. This is my kind of beer.
decaturstevo (5264) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of strong black coffee and roasted malt. Flavor is espressoish, roasted malt, and a good warmth. Full body with good carbonation. Sweet middle with a very nice bitter finish. Very nice
StefanSD (2217) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a dense black color with a small khaki head that soon recedes to a ring. The aroma is strong with coffee, coffee grounds and sweetened coffee. The flavor is more of the same, like the nose, there is ample coffee, mocha, espresso and some bitter walnuts for good measure. The palate is full and creamy smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering coffee beans. Overall: First rate coffee stout--compares favorably to speedway.
zathrus13 (1728) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is espresso, roasted malt, chocolate, and lesser bits of smoke and alcohol. Flavor is roasted malt, espresso, alcohol, caramel, and chocolate. Creamy, fairly heavy body, long finish.
wheresyourball (520) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stone Liberty Station. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Nose is coffee and chocolate. Taste is bitter coffee with some chocolate sweetness and licorice in there. Nice creamy mouthfeel.
bwa5879 (733) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deuce from Megabev, Portage, MI. Stored and enjoyed at room temperature. Dark mahogany brown to black pour with a few inches of carmel colored head. Aromas of warm dark cocoa and dark roasted coffee beans, sweet cola syrup, some woodsy smokiness. Mild carbonation, foamy mouthfeel, clean finish. Left my tongue a bit numb. Great rich chocolate coffee-ful malty taste. Bitter dark roast coffee with just a slight acidity. Roasted malt adds a perfect amount of sweetness with some woodsy smokiness. Cocoa flavor too, adding bitterness. Very good, very well balanced imperial stout. Maybe next time I will try to age it.