gendv138 (1325) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft (tapped 2/7/14) at Sweetwater Tavern Merrifield poured into a standard pint glass. According to the board, this batch/year is 8% ABV. Pours black with just over a finger of nice frothy light tan head. Little brown hues around the edges of the glass. Head sticks around for a good bit. Very sparse lacing. Aromas of roast, dark chocolate, light dark fruit, coffee. Hard to get a good smell with the pint glass. Tasting notes of dark fruit including cherries, dark chocolate, caramel, roast. Medium body with a dry and slightly bitter finish. Light creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Pretty good beer and definitely one of GAR’s better brews, probably the best I’ve had from them so far. Wonder how this would compare to the original 10.8% version.
MadRobin (1932) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap 6 oz. sampler at Sweetwater Tavern in Centreville, VA.
Opaque, mahogany-black with a thin tan head and very modest lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, charcoal, bourbon, toffee, molasses, prunes and caramel.
Taste of dark roasted malt, charcoal, toffee, molasses, prunes and caramel.
Full body and medium/low carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the source. Very dark brown color, small brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of rich chocolate syrup. Taste is thick chocolate ice cream soda. Very nice.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome flagon brought by Alex, poured into a perfect pint glass... This is a great looking beer! A dark black body, only the lightest hint of dark brown on the edges in the light. The head is a surprisingly light shade of tan for the body but there is tons of it and it looks great. Creamy and full, a great cap and lacing... The aroma is quite interesting but not my favorite part of the beer, its unique but confusing. Huge cocoa and nut notes that somehow come off to me as fresh green dry hops, reminds me of a fresh Night Stalker. I also get some chocolate, molasses, and weed. Has me interpreting new things, really great... The taste is really roasty cocoa, its bitter but also reminds of being dry hopped. Additional notes of grass and chocolate covered Brazil nuts... The mouthfeel is tannic and sticky, full bodied, long lasting smooth finish.
A really interesting stout that will expand your flavor notions of a stout. High recommendation.
radagast83 (4635) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Merrifield location. Pours a dark black, with a small dark, tan head. The aroma is chocolates, coffee, roasted caramel. Flavor has a noticeable alcohol bite, with plenty of dark chocolate and roasted malts. About on par with the oaked version of the same beer, though I find it quite interesting that I did not have this until some time after having the oaked version of this beer. Aside from that it’s one of the best crafted beers that I’ve tried from them.
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Tap, Sweetwater Sterling] Pours black with a good light brown head. Fairly sweet aroma, dark fruit, yeast, and not too much else. Once people started smoking it pretty much shot any chance of smelling anything...thanks Virginia for letting people smoke in restaurants! Wouldn’t mind revisiting aroma w/a growler. Taste is a little smokey at time, a lot of toasted graininess, some alcohol, yeast, and light hops. Decent mouthfeel, very smooth, and has a semi-dry, long finish. Could stand to be a little thicker. Was served a little cold and in a pint glass, so was hard to get aromas. Easy drinking and pretty good, but a far cry from a world class imperial stout. Strangely, this reminded me of Southampton 10th at times...pretty good bt unusual and not at all what I was expecting.
pjweaver (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not one of the favorites at the tasting. Smelled of raw mushrooms, soil, peat, and a good ol’ dose of some swamp feces (never thought I would write that about something I personally consumed). Thick and black, smelled terrible, tasted like watered down coffee with some chocolate. Thankfully the smell and taste don’t match up.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler courtesy of wj94 shared at the Brick Store.
Pours dark, dark brown that looks black in a glass with hints of mahogany around the edges. The head is small, dense and lingers for a while before leaving a collar and minimal lacing. Smell is big on dark chocolate and roasted malts. Dark fruit and alcohol are present as well. The taste also has some dark chocolate and roasted coffee on top of a big sweet malt base. The finish has a big toasted malt taste that lingers in the aftertaste with a definite alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with minimal carbonation. I enjoyed this beer and it is a pretty drinkable impy stout despite the big roasty profile. Recommended.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Richmond Gathering. Growler shared by maniac. Black with no head. Big coffee and wood smoke nose. Fleshy fruit and grape flavors under coffee and woody smoke flavors. Nice!
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried from bottle with Atlanta ratebeer crew at 5 Seasons North tasting. Very luck to try a sample from this hand bottle. Really strong (in a good way). Lots of malty aromatics. Some mouth burn. Black. Sweet. Low carbonation.