Fatehunter (1178) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a Delirium Tremens glass. Almost pitch black, just a bit of light in the pour. A perfect two fingers of tan head. Looks beautiful.
Lots of citrus on the first sniff, then a thick layer of chocolate.
Strange tasting. Layers of malt, black and burnt; then a punch of hop bitterness; ending with alcohol heat.
Quite smooth and creamy with a low level of carbonation throughout.
I thought it was disjointed at first, but after a couple of drinks I am really enjoying it. It is an excellent sipper for a cold day.
finn1918 (192) - Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle, aged for about 18 months. Pours a motor oil black with a good 4 fingers of frothy brown head that collapses on itself very slowly, leaving excellent lacing. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, and a little boozy--weak but probably diminished due to its age. Taste is a big chocolaty malt backbone with some licorice (remarkably little for the style) and a faint hoppy finish--finish could be a little longer and stronger. Thick and silky mouthfeel with just a touch of carbonation. This isnít the best imperial stout on the market by any means, but at $5.50 a bomber or $9 a six pack, itís hard to beat at its price range. A very well-done stout, but not quite an imperial stout.
hockeybeerguy (1483) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes. Rcvd in trade.
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with a nice two and a half finger-ed off white foamy head that dissipated within about a good two minutes.
The smell had a nice blend of roasty coffee flavors to milk chocolate to dark chocolate. I also get a nice vanilla that seems to settle over my nose.
The taste was sweet and roasty adding the vanilla into the blend of the chocolates.
The palate sat about a medium on the body that wanted to show a decent sessionable quality to it but actually didnít. I found myself sipping this more.
Overall, wow. I was pretty mesmerized by this brew. This was more than worthy of having again.
Busick (352) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Normally not a craft beer fan of Sweetwater due to so many choices! This beer is excellent and has restored some value in their brewery with me!! A must try for those who like imperial stouts!!
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Malaclemys (360) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rocket City Brewfest, clear black with a tan head. A: soy sauce, resin, chocolate. T: caramel, coffee, soy. Bitter finish with a medium body.
Berard (266) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours midnight black with creme colored head that lingers. Musty aroma with ms carbonation. Mello chocolate and coffee flavors. No flavor overwhelms you, just balanced enjoyment. Slight hint of boozyness.
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Nero55 (635) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with large brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, hops, chocolate, and moderate sweetness. Medium/heavy body with notes of soy sauce, roasted malts, chocolate, and a slight alcohol finish.
WillRunForBeer (545) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at THOB share. Pours black with a coffee brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, a hint of bourbon. Flavor follows nose. Bourbon and chocolate in the finish. Nice.
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What in the hell just happened?! This thing says its an "American Double / Imperial Stout", but it is much more IPA than Stout! No wonder the best if enjoyed by date is only a year away; this thing is loaded with hops! Its probably best defined as a Black IPA. Huge flavors! Fantastic, no matter the category confusion!
GreatDane1632 (297) - Louisiana, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated from notes taken 17 Mar 2014 -- 2014 version, poured into a tulip glass. Very nice beer. I would like to see it aged in some oak, but none-the-less I really like this beer.
djd07 (3276) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Brian. Pours a dark brown with no head. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel with bitter dark chocolate, oak, booze, and sweet finish. Good.