Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, pretty roasty, caramel, yeast, dried fruit. Taste is lightly roasty, caramel, chocolate, light alcohol. Pretty good.
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Belmont Party.
Poured a clear dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, caramel and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet roasted malty flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.
This is a standout beer.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - APR 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
tall burnt sienna colored thick creamy head, body is the blackest brown mahogany and light mahogany at edges. aroma is deep roasted malt, coffee, high cacao chocolate, and dried black mission figs. a little chocolate liquer too. flavor starts a little dry, oaky, and a bit yeasty/astringent, gets bready and deep roasted malt with some fresh roasted coffee bean. bitterness of baking chocolate, tart dark dried fruits, and faint malt sweetness comes and goes quickly, then a pleasant ginny heat flies by. a little of the acidity and smoky bitterness in the finish. aftertaste is bitter licorice. very well done, quite a journey!
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours nearly black with ruby red observable in direct light. Nose is incredible with Black Forest Cake - chocolate, dark fruits, and breadiness. Palate offers a nice correspondence with the nose - chocolate, dark fruit, bready, and some light vinegar/sourness. Finish is slightly chalky, in a good way.
Dogbrick (10019) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This Imperial Stout pours an inky black color with a very thick and foamy light brown head that diminishes slowly. Swiss cheese lacing that sticks to the glass. Potent aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and raisins. Woody notes as well. Rich body with flavors of mocha, dark fruits and oak. Underlying caramel sweetness balanced by a light alcohol burn. The finish is roasted malt with a licorice aftertaste. Aside from some mild acidity afterward there is little to dislilke about this beer. Very good from start to finish.
kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a dark brown head. The aroma was average with sweet notes and and the alcohol smell is not what you would expect for a beer with 13% alc.
I was impressed primarily with the drinkability of the beer. It does a great job hiding the alcohol behind sweet and smokey flavors in the beer.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Crosling. Poured a deep brown/black color with a thick, creamy tan head that slowly receded to a thick layer and left some spotty lacing. Aroma is dominated by fruit, mainly sweet berry (raspberry, blackberry) and actually borders on koolaid mix sweetness. There is also some chocolate in the nose and a bit of alcohol. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some moderate fruitiness (berry, plum, and red apple) lead into some dry dark chocolate and a moderate chalkiness paired with some faint hop bitterness that lingers in the finish. Low carbonation and moderate mouthfeel. I don’t know, at times this seems more like drinking a fruit beer infused with chocolate rather than an imperial stout. The flavor, while not offensive, really isn’t what I think of when I think imperial stout, or even stout. I understand that Belgian style stouts typically afford fruity flavors and aromas due to the yeast, but this was a bit overbearing. I have heard the consistency of bottles isn’t great, so perhaps this was off, but it’s doubtful I will be trying it again at $11 a pop.
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - APR 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rótulo diferente, muito bonito. Coloração preta, turva, com espuma bege densa, cremosa, volumosa, deixando marcas nas laterais e uma generosa camada perene. Presença evidente de malte torrado e café, sendo seca e com amargor acentuado. Sugestão de ameixas pretas. Leve adocicado. Complexa. Encorpada (muito encorpada!). O álcool encontra-se muito bem disfarçado no conjunto. O aroma se desprende facilmente, exalando fortes notas de torrefação. Destaque para o amargor, bem acentuado, em razão de generosa presença de lúpulo. Ótimo conjunto, mas acredito que tenha faltado um melhor balanceamento. Para mim, essa cerveja ficou forte demais, não em razão do álcool, mas por ter ficado muito encorpada, tirando um pouco de sua drinkability.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh good god yes. This was wonderful. First aroma was straight black coffee at 5am, with a good amount of head for an Impy and carbonation to go with it. Pour looks good, but not chunky like some other big imperial stouts. Huge rich taste of coffee beans, massive chocolate everywhere and some hidden cherry and vanilla flavors. Hops that i can almost pick out underneath the huge malt bill. A slight burn in the aftertaste, which i cant tell if its the alcohol telling me its there, or the burning coffee. Does not taste like a 13%-er, maybe an 8 or so, all the alcohol is well hidden under the mountain of flavor. I wish i could pick this apart more, but god himself couldn’t tell you all the flavors in this. Syrupy on the mouth and clings to the glass just a little bit. The only thing lacking is the palate really, but its almost lacking in a good way because of the ease you can drink this. A great beer that doesn’t need any mellowing. Awesome.
DocLock (8797) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a secret admirer whom has pissed off my wife. Pours onyx with 3-finger dark brown head. Nose is dark malt, chocoff, hops, black berry, licorice. Tastes hoppy and richly dark malty up front, with figgy and cherry fruit at mid-point, followed by cacao, chocolate syrup, and a rich, complex palate that throws a lot at you and demands that you sort it out, although if you were drunk it would just demand that you chug it then go vomit at the nearest hole in the ground because you couldn’t deal with the massive 13% ABV, or were using the beer as an excuse to cover up your manly shortcomings. Novices need not apply (and please keep cheapdark away from this one!!!), but true beer connoisseurs will love every sip of this very well made beer, and yet another testament from Struise as to what human beings can make when given the right skill sets. BRAVO!!!