krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 0z bottle. looks thick and viscous as the black liquid fills my glass. a very short thin tan head fizzles away quickly. the aroma comes across as plums, molasses, fruitcake soaked in coffee liquor. Quite fruity actually with a mildly roasty character. lighter in body than it appears, but still very full. lots of creamy chocolate notes, as well as coffee ice cream. like french silk pie, but with more raisin and fig. a fine and robust bitterness manages to keep this from becoming too sweet. well done.
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - APR 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good caramellic aroma. Huge, creamy, light brown head. Excellent lacing. Fully lasting longevity. Black body. Heavy sweet, dark chocolate flavor, with a long finish duration. Medium to full palate.
IrishBoy (4063) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330cL bottle from mcbackus! Nose is dark bitter chocolate, toasty yeast, and a little toffee and prunes. Black with a medium cinnamon head. Flavor is chocolate covered prunes with some bitterness added like an impy stout with some barleywine bitterness and fruitiness.
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 (13000) - 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 (10736) - 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.