tgncc (2497) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Via trade with Bmart. The aroma is sweet, caramel, chcolate, toffee, vanilla, oak, and a bit of bright citrus. The appearance is deep black, tan head, oily lacing in glass. The flavor is like the aroma, chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and a hint of oak or wood, with a tad of citrus. The finish is chocolate, roasty, pine, citrus. Thick in body, chewy. Very, very nice.
Beerathon (792) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I have ever laid lips on. Pitch black with thin mocha head. Vanilla in both nose and taste. Booze well hidden. The hop bitterness is magical.
jbdpsu82 (94) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick syrupy pour. Deep brown thick head that lingers. Roasted malt and chocolate flavor.
Damico (2211) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours unclear blackish in color with a creamy cocoa head. Aroma brings a ton of hops, unexpected for sure, with some toasty chocolate malts. Flavor brings sweet chocolate as well settling with a creamy body and some zing on the tongue, hot but so smooth overall!
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, floral, lighter smoke, and a trace of dark fruits. Tastes of chocolate, dark fruits, licorice, roast, vanilla, and cake batter ice cream. Overall alcohol content well hidden.
boxofrane (1704) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at lucky lab. Pours pitch black with a big brown head. The aroma Is complex with milk chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate, sweet dark fruit. The taste is close to a mocha drink from a coffee shop. There is a lot of milk chocolate, big sweetness and coffee. Light booze but not bad at all. Huge sticky palate.
kramer (4363) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very deep black body with a great frothy and foamy dark brown head that had excellent retention and left lots of sticky lacing. The nose is big and intense with tons of roast and chocolate, some heavy burnt caramel sweetness, and a light hint of alcohol. This is one of the thickest and most intense aromas I’ve smelled in a long time. Reminds me a lot of Bell’s Expedition. The flavor is similar as well, rich and intense roastiness with a nice burnt caramel sweetness in the background. Some moderate burnt malt and hop bitterness on the finish. There’s a bit of alcohol present, but rather well kept in check for such a huge beer. Pretty great stuff, very much reminds me of Expedition. Would have liked to keep a few of these in the cellar for a few years and see what happens, but I drank 5 of these before this bottle I’m rating.
orangesol (562) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on-tap at the brewery.
A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall khaki colored tan head, dissipating down to a light film and then nothing at all, leaving small streaks of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee, a surprising amount of citric hops and plenty of dark roasted malt. The sweeter aromas die down as it warms up and more of the roasty aromas begin to take over, along with some whiffs of booze.
T - Starts off with plenty of dark roast, chocolate and vanilla slowly giving way to hints of coffee grounds, cocoa powder and the citric hop resin. The booze is ever present, less so at first, growing stronger and stronger as it sits in the glass. Finish is quite roasty with a decent amount of booze, lingering on the palate for quite awhile after each sip.
M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, roasty feel from start to finish. The booze is mild initially growing as it sits in the glass. Very nice balance throughout.
O - One of the best scratch beers in quite some time. It has all the right flavors and while the hops are stronger than average I thought they worked well with the darker base flavors. Get this one while you can, I doubt it will be around for very long.
devman171 (511) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours heavily carbed, big roast and chocolate, abv is very well hidden, very smooth
trancecyclist (41) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Kite & Key in Philadelphia. Very thick black pour, with a decent initial head for such a hot beer (10.9%). Very nice imperial stout with a decent amount of hops and a very pronounced chocolate flavor. With such strong flavor elements the alcohol didn’t overpower it. Troegs should consider this batch #83 for a regular release.