KajII (782) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour was a non transparent very dark brown almost black with an average sized (1-2 finger) thick creamy head and had decent retention which diminished down to a spotty residue. This allowed for some excellent sheets of lacing that coated the glass rather nicely.
The aroma was of a burnt chocolate malt and the moderate odor of a leathery yeast with notes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and molasses and a decent scent of alcohol towards the end.
The taste was very malty and bold with a nice note of chocolate and a hint of molasses in the beginning and finished with a nice bitter coffee flavor that had a mild alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lingered for a real long time which allowed the bold alcohol coffee flavor to settle nicely on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was quite full in body with the texture being nice and creamy, and yet a little dry with the carbonation being a tad on the mild side.
Overall an exceptional Imperial Stout that had an explosion of flavor and a nice dose of alcohol that worked very well together.
katrinaez (13) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Perfectly balanced. Lightly chocolate. Finishing bitter coffee. Heavy yet perfect. Have two!
jrodooo5 (992) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hmm, thin & a weak aroma for an imperial. I’d like this to be much chewier. No head on the pour w/ a subtle aroma. This is quite disappointing!
Darkmagus82 (907) - - AUG 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 11-7-12-
Poured from bottle into snifter
Appearance – Pours a deep brown nearly black color with a two finger tan head. The large bubbles in the head pop slowly over time to give a nice level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is of some roasted malt and oatmeal. Mixed with this is a light hoppy and alcohol flavor.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter and roasted flavor. Mixed with this is a caramel sweetness. Flavors of oat and some lighter cocoa soon come to the tongue as well as an increase in the roasted and a sweet caramel taste. In the end some toffee and a light herbal hop flavor come to the tongue. The flavor is rather interesting - slightly roasty and sweet yet hoppy and a little astringent.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thickness of the body is quite nice for the oat and dark flavors, allowing all the strong dark flavors and oat to linger on the tongue.
Overall – It was an alright stout. The appearance was nice and the feel very much so. The taste starts out very appealing and for the most part is nice. The smell however and the finish to the taste leave something to be desired. Not one I would likely frequent, but it is a tough one to call. Overall, I would recommend to give it a go and see what you think of it yourself.
Mark_Eck (656) - - JUL 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is lightly sweet with the alcohol coming out in the aftertaste.
jtclockwork (8190) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Paul’s blind tasting. Backlog. No label taken. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of roasted oats, roast chocolate and light coffee roast. Medium body. Creamy mouthfeel.
drsordr (1040) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours opaque dark brown/black. Nose lots of roast,bakers dark chocolate and hint of oatmeal. Taste sweet malt and chocolate up front. Then roast and light bitter mid palate. More roast and chocolate flavors than coffee. Light bitter finish. Average mouth feel.
zvsn (551) - ISRAEL - MAY 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at oatmeal stouts tasting at Beer&Beyond shop. Dark brown, nearly black with a medium beige head. Roasted aroma with some coffee and earthy notes. Sweet with dark chocolate, coffee, dried fruits, medium bitterness, quite alcoholic. Medium-full bodied, creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Decent IS.
tim9887 (20) - USA - APR 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Notes of cocoa in the aroma with malt sweetness. Tastes not as sweet as bitter roasty malts take over the cocoa. Really awesome stuff.
tcane7 (1660) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Firkin at Real Ale. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma or chocolate, roast, dark fruit, brown sugar. Medium to full body, oily mouthfeel. Milk chocolate taste, roast, nut. Haven’t had this one in quite some time and it was much better than I remembered it to be.
DrinkinWell (259) - - APR 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a caramel colored head with decent lacing. Roasted coffee beans and chocolate on the nose. Flavors of noticeable chocolate, dark fruit, caramel. One of Stoudts best offerings.