StefanSD (2130) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a dense black color with a small tan head that has fair retention. The aroma is kind of muddled with indistinct mocha, grains and light smoke. The flavor, unlike the aroma, is a powerhouse with many complex tastes--such as bitter walnuts in the forefront followed by chocolates, mocha, vanilla, plums, anise, campfire smokiness and more bitter nuts. The palate was full sliky smooth and viscous, just perfect, and the carbonation was soft. Finishes long and dry with lingering bitter walnuts and anise. Overall: Top shelf stuff, I loved it.
DrSilverworm (6366) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taste from a bottle at phaleslu’s Weird Beers Tasting. Very dark brown, near black color. Thin light brown bubbly head. Great big smokey savory aroma. Dark chocolate, heavy roast, some chocolate. Moderate to bigger bitterness, mild hint of tart. Light to moderate sweet. Alcohol works well. Good roast, coffee. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Good chewy texture. Lightly slick finish. Pretty awesome smoked imperial stout.
biggsbowler (289) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - pours black w/ light tan head. Smoky bacon aroma. Dark rich chocolate, smoke, and chalky. I love bacon!
slowrunner77 (1550) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Not sure how they smoked this, but I’ve had others WAY smokier than this. It’s actually a nice, if mellow, stout, especially for the strength, but the name left us wanting more. I DID only have a 4 oz sample, but I have a 750 at home and will revisit one o these days... Two bottles later...one of the rare ocassions not only where the bottle is better, but significantly better. Still super smooth and easy at 9.5%, but the smoke is more obvious and complex in the bottle than that first time on tap. Very nice."
gendv138 (1325) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From notes, consumed on 7/20/2013. 750 ml bottle into a snifter. Black with a finger of tan head that fades quickly. Aromas of bacon, smoke, light caramel. Tastes of smoke, chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, some spices. Medium-full body with a dry finish.
fluffy (1664) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
honestly dont remember much about this one, just that it was decent on the smoke. very well done stout though.
queenholly (2920) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Woody/meaty smoke, chocolate, prune, and light alcohol aroma. Black with a moderate tan head. Dark roasty coffee, ashy smoke, chocolate flavor with a roasty bitter finish. Full creamy body, moderate carbonation.
hopscotch (9151) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours midnight-black with a mid-sized, creamy, cappuccino head. Good retention. The bouquet consists mainly of fudge and coal smoke. Full-bodied and silky with gentle carbonation. The flavor is deeply roasted, furnishing carbonic, burnt malts and a scorched, bittersweet finish. This is truly an interesting world-class effort!
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle acquired via trade. Thanks! Shared with deyholla. Pours a rich deep opaque blackish hue, dark and ominous, fairly thick with frothy light brown head. Decent layer sticks around ok, laces ok overall as a decent film. Aromas are cocoa and dark roast, cocoa nib, touches of coffee, decadent fudgey darkness meet some smokiness, wood and roast elements. Some richer depth shows mellow smoke, though it’d be more intense. Initial richer, fuled body. Some jet black roast, sweeter black malts and caramel. A lighter body than expected, the smoke elements come in a bit more firm. Wood, gentle campfire and ash meet some coffee, roast, cool toastiness, gentle mesquite and firmer ash/woody smoke elements. Not all that meaty. The middle is silky but full in body, glides over the palate as decent roast and smoke gives some carmelization, cocoa and biscuit, caramel and some sweetness at times. Touches of pretzels, toast and lingering smoke as we start to finish. The smoke element is nice but not overdone. I was under the impression based on reviews it was the opposite. Finish is dry, a bit roasty with lingering earthy smoke. I’m impressed. A solid offering with firm but not overwhelming smoke.
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Adam! Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of smoked malts with some roast and strong dark grains. Flavor has some sweet chocolate, smoke and light roast and a bit of dark chocolate.
stevoj (2148) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating.