ReggieDunlap (3005) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pitch black with a medium dark mocha head...looks heavy. Aroma has dark fruit, burnt toffee, coffee...milky. flavor has coffee, dark chocolate, and some dark fruits...very roasty...fairly muddled. Mouthfeel is medium/full but not as heavy as expected...finish is roasty with chocolate.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours motor oil black with virtually no head. aroma of coffee and dark fruit. Bitter oatmeal flavor with some plums. Mild carbonation, medium to full body, and lingering warmth. This style is so full of superb beers that its hard for this one to compete. That being said, i enjoyed it and would definitely drink it again.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a medium sized quickly fading brown head. Aroma of sweet malt, lactose, chocolate and dark roasted malts. Taste of chocolate, light peat, roasted malt, lactose, dark roasted malts. Mildly sweet, acidic and astringent but overall not bad.
bigbish (510) - California, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was really impressed with this beer. Loads of roasted flavors. Great body. Awesome beer
Tmoney99 (10404) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap sample at MBGSF 2011. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted chocolate malt aroma. Medium sweet roasted malt flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Good drinkable beer.
svandyke (70) - USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle- Pours a slightly translucent coffee color. Typical chocolate aroma with a faint hop ending. Watery toffee/ mocha flaver without the sweetness and with a little hops to finish. I suppose that is what they mean by balanced, but overall it did not impress.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Split wig a friend. Nose is intense roast figs, plums, raisins, and chocolate. Taste is Intensely roasted and burnt with notes of caramel and breads. Full body and creamy. Flavor is far less favorable than the aroma. Taste is just roasty and one dimensional and somewhat dry.
jgb9348 (4626) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, dense dark brown coloured body with a very thick rich brown head with 90% opacity for the body. Aroma of smoked peat, pit fruits, roasted malt, meat and mushrooms, oak and a touch of cherries and milk. Full-bodied; Rich, luscious malty body with a good set of caramel, milk, toffee and nuts - followed by a lot of roasted malt, some smoky notes and a lot of alcohol. Aftertaste shows some good complexity with the malt hitting hard at first then some good sweetness, then followed off by a lactic flavour. Overall, a nice imperial stout - from the ratings, I was getting worried ,but it looks like they changed the recipe or something - my bottle was nice and showed a lot of complexity and nice flavours throughout. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Siciliano’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan on 06-November-2010 for US$1.99 sampled at home in Washington on 11-June-2011.
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured nearly inky black, but flaccid, with only a ring of dark tan head sticking around (a subsequent pour actually yielded a very respectable 1.5 finger head, and I bumped it up 0.1 for that). The aroma picked up sticky, moderately-roasted coffee and rolled oats with buttery vanilla around.. there was some nice character around, but it just smelled too sweet. The flavor kept the sweetness going, with black patent and coffee leading (low-moderate roast).. sweeter chocolates and vanilla again on the edges, and it was still a little buttery.. roasty bitterness almost cut through, but was held back by a wall of residual sugars.. this was actually tasty, but it wasn’t all that well crafted. Medium-bodied and grainy on the palate.. the right amount of carbonation kept it moving well through the palate.. moderate bitterness.. this grew on me, but it was far from great.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from a trade on BA - thanks! Have to agree that this is a pretty underwhelming pour. Very crisp and lively but the body is gone almost instantly. Prickly mouthfeel but a lack of substance and texture to the body. Nose is sharp molasses and a hint of fruits. Some modest dark chocolate complements the fruits in the flavor, and somewhere in the background there are some roasted malts and that molasses again, and a wee dose of hops. But this is a pretty underwhelming stout overall.