sawbuck (638) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle given to me by a friend...thanks Nibs. Bottle massivley overcarbonated...overflowwed upon opening. Aroma of molasses, black liquorice, dark chocolate, and dark fruits. Deep brown head...would last for ever it seems like, beer is ebony. Overcarbonation affects the flavor. Once you get past the bubbles, bittersweet chocolate and roasty malt with some sweetness come thorugh. Not much else besides a smokey roasted malt essence that is pleasant. Finish is bitter, with not much sweetness coming through. Mouth feel is over carbonated and finishes with somewhat of an alcohol burn, nice and warm. Would like to try again with the proper cabonation.
rumproasts (5054) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. gusher. about 5:1 head to beer ratio. something is very wrong here. after letting it settle for 15 minutes, itís still very overcarbonated. very roasty with quite a bit of coffee. iíd recommend trying to find this on tap until they figure out how to bottle things properly.
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black. Aroma and taste are roasted malts and coffee. Lightly sweet with a mildly bitter finish.
DialSquare (4321) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Luckyís market. Pour like motor oil with a thin brown head. Aroma is big roasty, little booze, chocolate. Tastes are chocolate, coffee bitterness, roasted malt, vanilla, lactose. Slick palate on the thin side.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark black pour. Big roasted malt and coffee aroma with some burnt chocolate under it. Lots of roasted coffee over top of a nice chocolate flavor. Finishes roasty and smooth with a chewy palate.
OPIE788 (337) - Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured black with a big tan head. Nice chocolate and dark roasted coffee aromas. Taste was mostly semi sweet chocolate with the coffee adding a good smooth bitterness to the medium dry finish. At the killer price of $2.25, Iíll be getting more of this.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A surprisingly cheap $2 single. Poured it into a shaker pint. Had their Giant Vanilla Slayer at last yearís World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth and thought it was a fantastic beer. Howís this one?
Appearance: A half-aggressive pour had to be stopped after three ounces due to an insane amount of foaming. What? I havenít seen that for an Imperial Stout in my LIFE. Huge cinnamon colored head that eventually went down to about half a finger and stayed. A lot of lacing. Pitch black hued brew.
Smell: B-L-A-H. Worst Imperial Stout Iíve whiffed, that I can remember. Iíve never smelled one quite so bland. Mild roast, but I actually get a lot of hop character in there. So much so that it almost smells like a black IPA, but not quite. Well, I donít think itís so much that the hops are potent as the other characteristics are just subdued. A shame.
Taste/feel: A medium sort of feel with a moderate carbonation. Not quite what Iíd expect for the style, but not bad. That hop character comes through on the start with a weird, surprising wave of... saltiness? This is an incredibly salty tasting beer. On the back thereís a very pleasant roasty character with some chocolate and alcohol warmth, but itís not there enough through the sip, or even on the finish.
A decent beer. Considering a single bottle was $2, this is about what I expected. The biggest drawback for this beer, aside from the fact that it doesnít have a huge roasty boldness I affiliate with an Imperial Stout, and the feel is a bit off, is definitely that unusual amount of, for the lack of a better description, SALTINESS that I get on this one. Not a soy sauce sort of flavor or anything, just... salt. So much in fact that for a moment after each sip I take, I swear I feel a slight bit of acid reflux -- and I very, very rarely get acid reflux. In case youíre wondering, no, I didnít eat anything recently thatíd cause it.
Itís a fair value for $2 for the ABV alone... and hey, it tastes alright as well. just donít drink too much of this, because you may end up dehydrated. Not from the alcohol, but from the salt.
(I swear to God, there must be a tablespoon per bottle. Why doesnít it ruin the beer for me?)
Give Giant Salter -- I mean Slayer -- a run for yourself.
BrownALEx (426) - Portland, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a HUGE head. A little over carbonated. Smells of chocolate and coffee. Tastes of dark fruits, chocolate, coffee and tobacco roll over the tongue. Chalky mouthfeel. Glad I tried this one, not the worst not the best. Good effort.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2014 Tap: Deep body, basically completely black with a thin layer of khaki foam that resides on top. Aroma contains roasted malt, cocoa dust, faint oily coffee beans, a mild back-end anise, & a decent amount of char from front to back... Certainly smells like a roasty imperial stout. Taste is bitter, bitter, bitter! Lots of bittering hops up front; leafy, sharp & working with the intense roast to make things even more bitter. Cocoa & coffee beans, unsweet with oil, light anise, & another dusting of bitter roast in the finish. Aftertaste contains some astringency, expected at this point. A little time opens up some dark fruits in the aftertaste, adding some much needed balance. Good stout, but would be tough to drink in quantity.
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Michigan Fall Beer Fest. Not a bad stout. Had a nice coffee flavor.