KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour was a murky very dark brown with a large (2-3 finger) mocha brown creamy head that dissipated slowly down to a few puddles and a foamy collar creating excellent sticky sheeting of lace.
The aroma had a strong pine hop presence, a moderate burnt dark bread malt and an earthy leathery yeast with notes of baker’s chocolate, dark roasted coffee and a good strong dose of alcohol.
The taste was mildly bitter sweet with a nice chocolate note at first and finished rather bitter and extremely hoppy with a decent coffee note at the end. The flavor lasted a good long time proceeding the swallow letting one enjoy the nice hoppy espresso flavor that was left to linger.
Mouthfeel was good and full in body with an oily dry texture and a nice soft carbonation.
Overall an exceptional Imperial Stout with an IPA added, simply delicious...
hman43 (555) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours black with a brown head that produces lacing. It has chocolate and roasted aromas. It is initially sweet with flavors on chocolate. It is highly carbonated and the roasted flavors compliment the chocolate well. It also has a hoppy floral character. It is moderately bitter on the palate.
tsd08460 (182) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: chocolate, caramel, toast, caramel,
Apppearance: black, clear, brown foam,
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, chocolate
Palate:medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
Well done impy stout, pleasantly surprised
Crispy34 (462) - Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Aroma is a very resin hop with some dry, dark malt. Appearance is black with a tan head. Taste is a very citrus and piney hop flavor with dark malt underneath. Palate is hoppy and dry. Overall, a good stout that has some very interesting hop character.
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superspak (3321) - Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 1/20/2016. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, grapefruit, tangerine, citrus zest, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, grapefruit, tangerine, citrus zest, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount or pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, grapefruit, citrus zest, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; wit ha very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice American imperial stout. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
RobertDale (4187) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Thanks Dane. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee, and fruit. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, citrus, and pine. Unusual in that the hops are so forward. Nice.
kevinsenn (1432) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Dark fruit and chocolate cherry aroma. Smoky roasty taste with chocolate and dark fruit notes. Very nicely balanced between bitter and sweet.
jeffman52 (6) - Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is my go-to beer in the fridge. Pours very dark, brief head on it. Nice roast malt tastes but with good hops as well. Easy drinking.
Theydon_Bois (12567) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Cads 10th Anniversary bash, picked up at some package store in Georgia, 29/03/15.
Light black with a decent tan covering.
Nose is light roast, chocolate, smoke, toffee, not a dominant nose.
Taste comprises chcocolate, roast malt, toffee fudge, spice, charr, coffee notes, dark fruit rinds, trace of liquorice.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, lightly warming alcohol in the close.
jb (2479) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tried this on two consecutive nights. Rich nose. A little booze with cola and coffee. Booze and tootsie roll taste. Meh.
airrick2003 (665) - Louisiana, USA - APR 17, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: pours with a large nice head, the head is tan but is a tan shade that has hues of gold in it, the beer is black and opaque
Aroma: chocolate, coffee, creamy, some hops poke through,
Taste: chocolate, not as much coffee, bitterness on the finish
Palate: soft carbonation, heavy mouthfeel, leaves mouth wet, bitter aftertaste
Overall: this stout tastes more chocolate that coffee to me but isn't overly sweet, hides the alcohol very well, very subtle nose and flavors, lacks complexity, not bad
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