Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand bottle, thanks to Craig and Dan. A black beer with a decent dark tan head that dies to thin lacing. Aroma of pine, roasty malt, chocolate, rum and caramel. Similar flavours with a warming alcohol hum. Moderate carbonation and CO2 prickle with a foamy mouth-feel. Very nice.
dantheman278 (1358) - SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at cgarvieuk’s tasting. Very dark brown/black, thick creamy pale brown head. Big roast malts, ovaltine, coffee, lots of cocoa on the nose too. Bitter coffee grounds, dark chocolate flavours but a really smooth mouthfeel. Very rounded. Big roasty bitter linger. Some milk sugar perhaps too? Very nice indeed.
cgarvieuk (12239) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan head ... coffee and dark roast malts ... soft dry roast ... big chocolate ... light coffee ... very rounded ... light dry roast malt ... some milk sugers ... nice soft easy and tasty ...
Tmoney99 (9610) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, smoke and earthy aroma. Medium to heavy bittersweet roasted malt flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a complex smooth beer.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very smokey, I’ll say that much. Pours a very dark brown color nearing black with a bit of a light mocha head. The nose carries quite a bit of smoke with some roast and a bit of mild citrus. Pretty strong roast and hints of chocolate. The flavor has roast, smoke, chocolate, and also a bit of brown sugar. Smoke and roast dominate. Medium body. The smoke places well here, leaving a nice ashy feeling. Pretty drinkable; I’d have this again.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 05-16-2011
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, light chocolate, slight smoke, and a hint of coffee. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan/light brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Small lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, hops, light pine, light chocolate, light coffee, pretzel, and some vanilla. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, light piney hop, light chocolate, slight coffee finish. 9.3%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
hayduke (3080) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 22 oz bottle purchased in Newburyport, MA This poured a dark brown with a fat tan head and good sticky lacing rings. Nose is lightly roasted malts with some chocolate. Body is on the thin side, with smooth enough mouthfeel. Flavor isf bitter chocolate, floral hops, and some pet. Dry lightly bitter finish. cedar, modest peat, and dry hops. A decent imperial stout overall. The alcohol lifts this into the Imperial Stout range, but otherwise tastes like a non-imperial version.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from SneezyAchew on BA - thanks! Nice silky dark brown pour, with a billowy beige head that settles to leave nice sticky legs. Nose is somewhat smoky, with dry and understated malts. Body is a bit thinner than expected, slightly to the detriment of the brew. Taste of bitter chocolate, cedar, modest peat, and dry hops. A decent imperial stout overall.
BroSpud (1525) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Dark black pour with a creamy head. Chocolate aroma followed by tastes of chocolate, coffee and a bit of smoke. Found this to be surprisingly thin for the style. Enjoyed it but does not stand up to the better impys out there.
dchmela (2482) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks to Orlgamecock for the pour. Pours a blackish red pour. Caramel malt, touch of smoke, musty aroma. Taste is spicy, earthy hops, caramel malt. No real balance, not impressed.