ContemplateBeer (1776) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Grapefruit. Grapefruit! Seriously, more hoppy than any IS I’ve nosed; this thing could be an Imperial Black IPA. After that, some roast character and a little chocolate. Appearance: Slightly inky black pour with a bubbly mocha head that settles into a bubbly, patchy skin. Flavor: Grapefruit still most apparent, but with a solid roast/chocolate balance underneath, leading to a somewhat bitter, citrusy finish. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Actually enjoyed this quite a bit; an IS with significant hop personality.
BVery (8056) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Sweetwater in the Atlanta airport. Very dark pour with a brown head. Roasty with some dark chocolate and sweetness. This is really good.
Niall73 (2284) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home while in j'ville. Pours a deep dark brown/black. Aroma has a little coffee coming through some nice green stuff. Medium body, medium carb. Pleasant choc, coffee bitterness, caramel sweetness, orange, grass, salt... Pleasant tasting and booze well integrated. Lighter than expected but a nice drop.
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mansquito (4199) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rustico, Arlington tap: pours black but the pour I got was without much head. Aroma is chocolate and sugar and a wee bit of roast. Taste is sweet and surprisingly light for an imperial stout. Very creamy. Pretty good.
DCLawyer (1866) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Black with moderate tan head. A: fruity hops over hints of chocolate malt and coffee. T: mild coffee and dark chocolate, pine hops. Interesting.
Aggiebob (331) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured dark brown with a tan head that left rings of lace as I drank this stout. It was a little thin for a 9% stout. The flavor of coffee and chocolate was well blanced to make this very easy to drink.
tia (1315) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Mekong. Dark brown with tan head that dissipated and decent lacing. Smells roasty with some chocolate and an antiseptic note. Nice dryness with some bitterness.
ordybill (693) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22OZ bomber into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a malt and sweet coffee aroma.
Appearance- Coffee black beer with a very small tan head
Taste- Definitely taste the malt, with a sweet fruit backdrop; very tasty
Palate- Full bodied beer with medium carbonation, has a dry finish.
Overall- My favorite Sweetwater offering.
BarleyandVine (56) - Stockbridge, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great roasty flavor and aroma! Rich maltiness and medium hoppiness that balances well! A well brewed beer that is well worth enjoying!
chinchill (3117) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle served in a snifter. Best by date of Feb. 2012.
A: pours black and thick, with about 1 cm of light brown head. Good head retention with plenty of lacing.
S: aromas of roasted malt, for sure, but this also has a substantial hop character of the weedy/herbal sort. Higher ABV is evident even while cold and contributes to floral notes and hints of dark fruits. Fair amount of dark chocolate.
T: semi-sweet mocha and malt flavors appear initially. The hop component remains partly herbal in tasting but is less pronounced on the tongue than in the nose, and turns more piney here. The hop contribution grows in power, and comes to the fore in the aftertaste, which is also nicely, if lightly, fruity and bitter. These hop characteristics seem well-matched to the malt profile, producing a stout that is relatively hoppy but still seems well-balanced. Hints of dark toast and molasses. The fine and lingering aftertaste has good bit of mocha tint.
M: creamy smooth and full bodied with a soft medium-light carbonation. The high ABV has little negative impact on the feel.
O; rather hoppy yet drinkable imperial stout, with a high ABV that is well-hidden in the taste and feel, although fairly obvious to the nose.