Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub, labeled as 8.0% ABV. Pours nearly black, with just a faint hint of mahogany at the edges. A lasting, thick, mocha colored head leaves dense rings of lacing on the glass. Aromas of bold, bittersweet dark chocolate and burnt caramel are deepened with notes of ripe fig and raisin. Flavors follow suit, nice and chocolaty, with a good amount of sweet caramel and sweet mocha. Dark, sweet fruit notes bridge the gap to an earthen, hoppy finish. Thick and syrupy on the palate, the obviously high sugar content leaves a sticky film in the mouth. This is a good imperial stout, but I prefer mine with a little more roast to back up the choco-caramel sweetness.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewery on 4/5/08. Pours a dark brown to black with a creamy white head. Aroma: grain, chocolate, coffee. Tastes the same with slightly bitter, chocolate, coffee finish.
BBB63 (6235) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at brewery: Nearly opaque with a rocky tan head and good lace. The aroma has notes of charred and chocolate malts, anise and plum, light grassy esters, quite weak. The taste is like a chocolate shake with burnt malts in reserve. Mild coffee and dark fruits noted as well. The mouth feel is creamy and soft, medium-bodied and astringent. A sub-par imperial, more like a regular old sweet stout IMO, disappointing.
decaturstevo (5267) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At TBBC. An almost black pour with deep creamy brown head and lace. Nose of toasted chocolate malt. Very good chocolate flavor with more of a bitter finish than I would have expected. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Just a tick thin. A good stout with a dry finish with a pretty hard bitter that hangs. Well done.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub. Black as night pour, 2 finger thick bubbly brown head. Incredible retention as well. Only thing keeping this from a 5 is the lack of lacing. Nose is chocolate malts, coffee grounds, dark fruity esters, some nice roasted bits and vanilla beans. Doesn’t smell hot at all, and it shouldn’t at this relatively low ABV for the style. Fore is more chocolate, tons of roast, caramel, vanilla and coffee. Back of the throat brings more of the same, the sweetness builds over time but never becomes overpowering. Medium bodied, wish it had a bit more heft and chewiness to it. Finish is chalky, medium length and in turns roasty and sweet. A bit disappointed in this one after the back to back greatness of the Mad Hopper and the Jack the Quaffer, but this is still a really good beer.
hophead75 (2010) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled at the brewpub. Opaque black in color with a deep brown head. Aroma is alot of roast and chocolate, don’t get much more than that. Taste is heavily roasted with alot of chocolate, and some molasses sneaking in creating a pleasant bittersweet character. pretty full bodied, almost too much roast in this. Pretty straightforward- not too complex but enjoyable. not much alcohol detected.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap . Pours an opaque black with a two finger dark tan head that lasts leaving great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, fresh brewed coffee, dark chocolate, light caramel, and a touch alcohol. Taste is the same as aroma. Full slightly oily mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and well hidden alcohol. Very good.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, with a light brown head. Good lacing left on the glass. Alot of dark chocolate seemed to be the most noticeable aroma right off the bat, but eventually turned into a little coffee and some roast too. Very thick mouthfeel, a little oily with a burnt malts seemingly everywhere here. Very roasty, with coffee backing it up most of the way. Pretty solid stout.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow.TBBC never ceases to amaze me when it comes to their stouts. Poured black with no light escaping through it. A small thin tan head tha dissipated quick.Hughe coffee aroma and Flavor with a hint of roastedness.The finish had a slight bitterness to it.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub 1/1/07: Pours a nearly opaque black with dark brown edges and a dense, tan nitro head. Aroma of sweet caramel and dark chocolate. Body starts sweet, full and caramely with good mocha balance and a mild bitterness before a sticky, lingering dark chocolate finish. A nice, smooth imperial stout with good flavor.