Stine (1584) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Samples poured from a growler and later swilled from it on the streets of Washington D.C., classy-style. Thick blackpour; film of brown cream. Ashy coffee ground aroma with rich vanilla and plenty of full roasted malt; brown sugar. Plenty of black malt bitterness. A lovely taste of coffee ice cream and singed caramel leads; underneath a kind of cool, quiet fruitiness of an apple, canteloupe and berry character with hints of dry holly and juniper. Nuanced and full, though just slightly thin and unpleasantly milky in the mouth. Finishes while still cool on a glint of plastic and vanilla tinted astringency; as it warms and softens its bite, the beefy tones of roast meat and cinnamon gather strength, softly fading into rich maple warmth at the end. Well done. Thanks for sharing, Ken!
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler courtesy of kmweaver. Dark brown, almost black with a beige head. Pleasant chocolate roastiness with a hint of cereal in the nose. Flavor is very roasty/chocolatey with caramel, cherries, plum/raisin and a level of soil/earthiness. Pretty sweet. Full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Good stuff overall.
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler courtesy of hellbilly at Bockys pad.
Pours a nice dark brownish black with a decent sized brown head. Aroma is malt, hops, barley, molasses. Flavor is hops, barley, coffee, chocolate malt. Alcohol is well hidden and beer has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Great stout, thanks Josh!
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Pours nearly black as night with a very firm dark khaki head. Nice. Aroma or roasted chocolate malt, a touch of espresso, bittersweet chocolate. Some leather and earthy hops. Light notes of anise and charred wood as well. Flavor is quite nice. Well roasted malt, chocolate, char. Slightly bitter hops. i like this one because the malt is perfectly roasted... not bringing out the astringent and bitter overly roasted malt. Medium to full bodied with a slightly bitter malt finish. A very well done Imperial. Thanks Craig!
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handbottle from cbkschubert. Poured a nice black color with a small almost virtually not there head.Poured kind of thin but the carbonation held up.A nice chocolate and roasted nose.A smooth texture, almost creamy going down.Flavor is roasty, chocolate and some caramel. The finish was warming and slightly bitter.Thanx Craig.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hand bottled from cbkshubert. BIG THANKYOU!This poured big black body, tight tan head,. lots of chocolate and coffee in the nose. Taste was full body, coffee, and loads of chocolate. Vanilla lingers after the swallow. Loved this. Can only imagine how great this is fresh. A new major fav.
MeadMe (1309) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ratebeer Winter Gathering.
A: Pours a nice deep black with a nice darker shade of brown head. Lite retention with some spots of lace.
S: Aromas of deep roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, toasted malt, and earth.
T: Very roasted borderline bitter. Lots of bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Earthy but not smokey.
M: Medium in body, a bit thin for the style. Good carbonation.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, rich, strong imperial stout. Jet black, with a tan head. Taste of coffee, bitter bitter coffee. Warms and reveals more chocolatey tones. Very good.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler poured black with a nice thick chocolate head.
Big rich malty, coffee aroma.
Flavor is sweet and rich, roasty, light alcohol. chocolate, coffee with a medium heavy body.
Finish seemed just a little too sweet but still a great stout.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler thanks to hellbilly. Had this after Dark Lord, and have to say that it is actually better and deserving of its title as AZ’s best beer. Pours black with a nice brown head. Smells and tastes of balanced flavors of roasted coffee, vanilla, and dark cocoa with a note citrusy hops at the back of the palate. Disguises the alcohol content so well you could actually session this. Time in a barrel would make this ridiculous.