JBPortland (402) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours near-black with 2 finger tan head. Nose is nutty roasted burnt coffee, some booze, a little harsh. Taste is burnt dark bitter coffee with creamy nutty notes. Finish is a bitter ashy, charcoal, cocoa and coffee, vanilla notes, some boozy warmth in there. Pretty good.
4theluvofbeer (34) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark with a tan head, Aromas of earthy malts hops and citrus, Flavors are chocolate, malt, coffee and vanilla. A good imperial stout.
AndyW68 (744) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I get concerned when I rate this high, but I usually go for the better beers, and on any scale, some of the things being measured have to be at the top. A 4.8 is high, but really means out of 100, this is in the top four. Seems about right for this near black pour with perfect stout brown head. The aroma is amazing. Chocolate is followed by the roasted malts and caramel. A little coffee is added when you get around to tasting it. Wow. One of the best.
pushkinwow (1805) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Capones. Midnight black with a dark mocha creamy head that fades to a nice ring and thin film. Fairly roasted malt, balanced amount of coffee, touch of vanilla, even the nose is smooth; moderate carbonation and a full bodied palate, hint of bitterness that grows moderately towards a very chocolate, coffee and malt finish, some hints of alcohol. I agree that this is not a mind blowingly complex beer however all the different parts fit together so well, and its so easy to drink that its just plan delicious.
chucklemation (273) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Both the aroma and taste feature a lot of roasty caramel malts. There’s also a hint of coffee, which makes this reminiscent of Stone’s espresso Russian imperial stout. Goes down smooth and tastes delicious.
Minderbinder (1522) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, sugar, caramel, molasses, alcohol. Taste is of fruits, roasted malt, bitterness, caramel, molasses. Slight green bell peppers. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Overall: Good, but not outstanding.
mathieuc (923) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by czar, thanks! Pours a really dark brown with a tiny beige head that leaves light lacing. Aroma is really boozy but also gives some nice coffee impressions. Taste is chocolatey but also a bit vegetal with some slight green peppers. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation moderate. This one was good but not mindblowing.
tom10101 (2087) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12 oz). Shared by czar, thanks! Very dark brown with reddish reflects, medium creamy beige head, low retention and light lacing. Aroma is fruity with vanilla, burnt caramel and roasted malt. Taste is also fruity, slightly sweet with roasted malt and a green pepper finish. Medium body. Moderate carbonation (weird bubbles). Dry finish. Ok RIS, but a top-50 RIS? No. Not very complex.
czar (3662) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle older than 2010. pours unclear very dark brown with a small and reviving light beige cap, some lacing. raisins, chocolate, roasted coconut, burnt roasted malts, hint of smoke, some grass and resin, licorice. some sweetness. moderate carbonation - numerous small bubbles, light to medium body - oily, abv well hidden, bold ashy-mineral-vegetal slightly disturbing finish. nice but nothing outstanding really.
tyunker1 (23) - Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smoky slight burnt taste, taste a bit too strong from my liking, but in line with 10 percent