kenko (85) - Florida, USA - APR 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is of cocoa, coffee and roast. Taste is dry roasted barley along with vanilla and caramel along with a lingering aftertaste. Some alcohol heat as well towards the end. Full bodied.
Sevenlee (1555) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is malt, roasty, coffee, chocolate,
liquorice and dark fruits. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to a roasty finish. Fabulous.
ctipping (112) - Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Pitch black body. No transparency at all. Not too viscous looking as it pours, but it stains the glass as I swirl it. Nice tan head, but it doesnít leave a tremendous amount of lace. Lots of coffee and chocolate on the nose. Great roasted malt character. Maybe a bit of hops coming through at the end. Again, a strong chocolate and coffee flavor. An interesting sweetness persists through the drink, but gives way to a nice hop back. Not overly hopped, like Old Rasputin, but just a nice bitter finish. Very nice. Not quite as viscous as I thought it would be. Could be chewier. A hint of alcohol burn. Outstanding with bonus points for being available.
biggsbowler (520) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft - Pours dark black. Nose is rich chocolate, roasty, dark fruit. Taste is dark, bitter chocolate, roastiness, and some booze. Flavor is rich but balanced. Really outstanding!!!
patricks110 (2022) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a completely viscous and opaque black with a thin tan head. The aroma is intense with a booze sharpness. Anise, licorice, coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate on the aroma. A bit sweet up front with syrupy malts, black currants and anise come through alot. A bit more bland on the first sip that I expected. Still big, brash and unrelenting. The finish is robust, heavy with roasty bitterness and alcohol warmth. A pretty great Imperial Stout.
TH28 (234) - - JUN 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Appearance: Completely black, opaque, with a thin brown head.
Aroma: Roasted coffee, anise, licorice, chocolate, dark fruit.
Taste: Rich chocolate malt sweetness, molasses, dark fruit, and roasted coffee. Bitterness is strong on the swallow, balancing the malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium high body with a slick, velvety viscosity. Carbonation is minimal. Alcohol warmth is high but not sharp or solventy.
Finish: Roasted chocolate and alcohol linger long past the swallow.
Overall: Fine imperial stout. Rich chocolate and roast backbone, with layers of complexity. This is a freshly bottled version. Could stand to use a little age to mellow the lingering alcohol warmth.
Dorkenstein (85) - - JUN 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of pipe tobacco, leather, rum soaked raisin, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is the same with some toasted coconut.
samsmith33 (560) - - JUN 18, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle to goblet.
Aroma: chocolate, toasted barley, some coffee.
Dark black, small head; lacing.
Taste: sweet and sour dark fruits win out over savory. Plum, fig, black cherry.
Alcohol is present.
A touch flat, but to be expected for this type of beer.
Yummy....the chai spiced version is in my fridge and may get opened later tonight to compare.
AgentAle (1043) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2015 Aroma is rich dark aromas, chocolate, mocha and slight liquor. Taste is rich dark malts, rich caramel , chocolate and fig. Deep and chewy mouthfeel with very pale light bitterness that is very well balanced. Slight liquor burn but quote pale for the abv. Appearance is black with a thin brown head that retains fairly poorly.
dagimp (817) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber split with a buddy. Pours jet black. Oily and murky with no head. Bitter tar aroma. Mouthfeel is like motor oil too... Iím getting a theme. Taste is bitter with chocolate, cocoa, licorice, coffee grinds and some smokeyness. I wasnít a fan. Too much licorice and bittnerness to be enjoyable.
Shark_Pants (426) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tar black with small creamy mocha head. Earthy aromas, with molasses, leather, licorice. Sweet tastes of treacle, licorice, vanilla, sherry, before the roastiness begins a battle with the sweetness and takes over with coffee and ash roastiness and bitterness. Not quite as full bodied as expected - only medium to full bodied, but also very oily and sticky. Pretty good but I think it needs some age on it.