Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this one a few years ago when the distribution was widespread in DC and Virginia. I was shopping at a great beer store in Annapolis and found a 6er of this. The bottles were a bit dusty, but I figured since this is a style of beer that ages well, that might actually be a good thing:
Ap: Pours out thick, oily, and with absolutely no head. Carbonation is a bit on the low side.
Ar: Grapes? Not a really strong aroma, and almost like a faint chocolate wine. Okay..
T: The chocolate, dark fruit, and cinnamon afterburn are all there, but the body seems kind of thin. The aftertaste is not fulfilling and seemed a taddy watery.
P: Not boozy at all, pretty thick, and no glass lacing. Pretty solid mouthfeel.
O: Good to average overall. Nothing really memorable about this RIS.
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a jet black. Aromas of espresso/chocolate and roasted malts. Taste dark roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate malt with a nice bitter bite.
TXBadger (2387) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque dark, dark brown almost black color like oil with similar viscosity and khaki colored head. Roasted malts, toast, and dark chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with dark chocolate and roastiness.
AWISLguy (2284) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Total Wine in Jensen Beach/Stuart at cellar temperature, shared with bananabi11. Black pour with a brown head. Aroma has big chocolate, caramel, molasses and roast. Taste is all chocolate, roast, molasses and caramel. Thick, bittersweet and strong. Lowly carbonated, body is full and the blend is well done. Some alcohol presence. Finishes bittersweet and thick. Excellent, thick "imperial" stout. 14.8
BroadestTom (349) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma chocolate, roasty,
Appearance black, tan foam, brown foam,
Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate medium body,
Overall a very smooth chocolate and roasty beer that hides the alcohol very well. I would suggest this beer to a friend.
gregwilsonstl (1851) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black. Medium khaki head. Tasted side by side with BA version. Thick and chewy. Roasted. Perfectly, and I mean perfectly cooked toast. Lasting roastiness. Enjoyed after running my 5th marathon.
chinchill (3894) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter.
Poured with a short, tan head atop a black body. Spots of sticky lacing.get left on the glass.
Aroma: medium-strong with lots of roasted dark malts, hints of molasses, caramel, vanilla, ripe dark fruits, brown sugar and chocolate.
Flavor: strong, lightly sweet with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Hints of brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, ripe dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate and licorice. Tasty!.
Feel: Full bodied; high viscosity; low carbonation; mild but lingering alcohol heat in the finish.
Overall: an excellent Imperial stout, I prefer this to the Founders Imperial Stout I had (again) just two days ago.
olio (8807) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle.
Pours black color with a small beige head. Peaty aroma, yeast, dark malts, ashy malt notes, some chocolate and coffee. wood and coffee. Flavor is mildly bitter malty, chocolaty, some wooden notes, coffee. Very nice and balanced, not too aggressive.
tiong (6086) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from New York. Vertical with Bourbon version. Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, licorice, coffee, chocolate and hints of hops. Taste is stingy roasty with some licorice, chocolate and hints of coffee. Finish is roasty with hints of licorice, chocolate and coffee. Okay, feels more balanced than the bourbon version.
lusikka (7649) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black colour with a small head. Aroma of rich roastiness, salty licorice, soy sauce and some herbal notes. Flavour of roasted malts, metallic notes, salty licorice, soy sauce and bread. Some spiciness. Medium bodied. Very dry mouthfeel.
seymour (1830) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared at the StlBrews meeting from a bomber bottle into a nonic half-pint glass. It poured opaque black with tan foam, lasting with lace. Malty, toasty, nutty, very roasty, boozy, with a firm hop bitterness. Some citrusy hop flavour but aroma was mainly burnt grain. Simultaneously mellow and tart. Medium body and carbonation. Well-rounded mouthfeel, some gritty chalk and ash, mineral water essence. Lingering toasty, bittersweet aftertastes. Very good, I can see why it’s an award-winner.