RamyG4 (323) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small-medium brown head. Aroma is sweet, lots of coffee, like walking into a coffee shop, some slight metal. Taste is very sweet, dominated by coffee, in a good way. Finish is sweet, lightly bitter. Medium-full body, soft carbonation. Very good, but needs some more bitterness.
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate and coffee flavors dominate throughout this beer. Absolutely delicious beer.
Steve_0 (3587) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pour is viscous, oily black with a frothy brownie-colored head and great lacing. Huge coffee and dark chocolate aroma - oaky, earthy, light tobacco, oatmeal, roast, molasses, dark fruits, somewhat leathery, light soy, and raisins. Nice. Taste is espresso, dark fruits, light vanilla, dark cocoa, figs, deep earthy roastiness, slightly hoppy - so smooth and velvety - light leather, smoke, and nutty leading to a lightly bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Absolutely no signs of alcohol and super easy to drink; hard to believe it is 11%. Rich, decadent, smooth, slightly hoppy and the perfect balance between roast, sweetness, and coffee. Delicious stuff.
reggiedunlop (3539) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a medium mocha head...nice lacing. Aroma has notes of roasty coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and a hint of dark fruits. Flavor has fabulous espresso and hints at dark chocolate...roasty but not burnt...wow. mouthfeel is medium and silky with a nice roasted coffee warming finish. Fabulous beer.
kaosmax4u (4) - California, USA - MAY 15, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep dark and delicious ... While the c2h3o2 mellows you out, the coffee keeps you alert. With every swirl, the head makes the kind of patterns in the surface like barista artistry. Truly a feast for the olfactory and the ocular senses. Cheers ^_~ and ... i got at Costco!
wedgie9 (2528) - 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 (3756) - 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 (1479) - 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 Father’s 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 -- it’s just great.
zizzybalubba (1692) - Raleigh, 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.