jhp40219 (301) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle into snifter. Pours black with a chocolate colored head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy for an imperial stout. Big earthy hops with a bit of citrus, smoke, toasty malt and pine. If I had just smelled this, no way Iíd guess this was an imperial stout! Taste is also far hoppier than any imperial stout Iíve ever tasted. Fresh earthy hops too. You can tell this was dry hopped. Toasted malt, smoke, pine, and a bit of chocolate in the finish. Far more black IPA tasting than expected. Medium to slightly full bodied, oily but a little creamy textured, average to low carbonation, long and dry finish of earthy hops and toasted malts. VERY impressed! Tastes of a heavy black IPA with the body of a stout. Unlike any imperial stout Iíve ever had. Love the strong dry hop taste!
CJ_Pain (79) - Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not an imperial stout. More akin to a black ale or even a black IPA. Very similar, though slightly less hoppy than their dank tank "Some Strange". All that being said based not upon style than itís one helluva beer.
Chudwick (1983) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - smoky pine nose. Smooth for a impy stout. Black malts. Impressed.
AndyReynolds (861) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smoke-Kay thanks to Chudwick. Wasnít quite expecting that from an imperial stout but whatevs.
gendv138 (1028) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at ChurchKey. Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of lemon citrus, big interesting herbal/spiced notes that I couldnít quite determine, maybe a bit of a minty or green tea flavor. On the taste, the herbal/spiced notes come through with some milk chocolate and caramel, maybe a bit of mint or green tea again. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel.
MadRobin (1858) - Silver Spring, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at R.D.F. in Gallery Place, Washington, DC.
Opaque, brown-black with a small creamy khaki head and very good lacing.
Aroma of pine, grapefruit, roasted malt and tropical fruit.
Taste of pink grapefruit, orange, pineapple, roasted malt, and tropical fruit.
Medium/full body and medium/high carbonation.
More like a black IPA with a roasted malt backbone than an imperial stout. For a stout, this is a pretty decent IPA.
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DrSilverworm (6011) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, from Party Town. Best before 1/07/15. Black color. Good one-finger thick light brown head. Leaves good, thicker lace, and has good head retention. A lot of that c-hop in this thing. Getting a lot more citrusy hop than expected. Big bitter taste. Roast malt, some dark chocolate. Light, lightly spicy bite in the finish. Bigger body. Smooth, chewy texture. Lightly slick. Lighter carbonation. Nice stuff... I like the hop, I like the stout characteristics... But the citrusy west-coast type hop seems to clash. I donít mind a hoppy stout but Iím not entirely comfortable with this type of hoppy stout. I like the bigger bitterness, though, minimal sweet here, and good roasty aftertaste. This gets better as it warms up... LOL at the suggestive label that RB has displayed. My 12oz bottle has a label of 2 guys catching a fish
GothGargoyle (1132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a good chocolate head. Aroma is dates, molasses, citrus peel, tobacco. Medium bodied, roasty bitterness on the palate. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. A little boozy.
MrFecesious (920) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share. Thanks Jason. Almost black, minimal cap. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, coffee, bread. Taste is both bitter (hoppy) and sweet. Tangy mouthfeel. Reasonably dry finish.
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 12 oz bottle for 2 bucks. Pours black as night with a brown head. Looks great. Aroma is slightly chocolatey, very sweet with a piney hop aroma as well. Taste is burnt chocolate, slightly fruity with little other flavor. No bitterness or anything. Body is just average and a little thin for an imperial stout. Average carbonation. Overall this is a decent and easy to drink Imperial Stout. Itís definitely different from most beers in the style. I like it but it lacks a very robust flavor.