AlexK (15) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful dark appearance with good head retention. Complex aroma of dark fruit and spices. Less licorice in the taste than I anticipated, which is a good thing. I didn’t know what to expect when I bought this and it was a very pleasant surprise! I will buy another bottle for cellaring.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours near black with a thin mocha head. Smell is strong roasted malts, coffee, and a good amount of anise. Taste is similar with black licorice really dominating the picture, overly so without any complementary flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. Slightly boozy. Not something I would grab again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-24-2010
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
second time having this one. thanks to sledutah and someone else. Ba imperial porter, 13.2%, and from utah!!! wow! lol! pours deep dark brown with a very dark brown head to match. the alchohol shows up in every arena, but is still subtle when you find out this is an >13% beast! the oak plays in very nicely in this beer, cutting the harsh burnt profile, making it much brighter and more drinkable. lots of oak and roast, and noticable peat and meat in the aroma and taste. the taste is pretty wild, very salty, yet still bright from the lager yeast and virgin oak. its hoppy, spicey, subtle and earthy, roasty and heavy, all at the same time. excellent brew. vey impressed, especially since its from utah. sorry! lol!
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What an excellent beer. Great imperial stout appearance. Flavor is thick, roasty, very similar to Old Rasputin. Really the only downside to this beer is the prohibitive price, considering how much cheaper old rasputin is.
deyholla (7587) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from the tap at 2010 FOBAB. Poured black with a brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma was full of roasted malts with some dark chocolate and hint of coffee as well as a hint of licorice. Flavor had a slight bitter chocolate to roasted malts with a bit of a whiskey finish.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown with dark brown foam. Smells roasty with a hint of espresso and bourbon. Tastes bittersweet with spicy chocolate and ends warm.
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
FoBAB 2010: Pours jet black with a fluffy tan head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of charred wood, heavy toast, coffee, fig newton biscuits, herbal hops, some star anise and black strap molasses. The taste starts quite fruity with fig, prune, and liquorice with lots of burnt sugar and even some bittersweet chocolate before a tidal wide of ashy smoked and roasted malts come about to slap yur face off. Adding to the fun is coffeeish and minor hop bitterness loaded up by a fair amount of abrasive alcohol. This starts fruity sweet and ends with big astrengent tones...and I like it! Methinks this is more akin to a Black DIPA, brash and unapologetic. Not for the weak kneed or pale lager loving pussies.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at FoBAB 8. Pours a deep black with tan head. Nose is floral hops, anise, carraway, vanilla & roast. Very nice nose that is well put together. On taste, full body and flavor. Anise, roast and cocoa all work together. Nice level of bitterness and very good beer. Fantastic.
argo0 (11897) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle. Large brown head atop dense black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, dark chocolate, some wood, light anise. Taste is sweet, chocolate, some roast, alcohol, burnt/smoke, coffee, light wood, faint anise. Sticky full body.
rlgk (12381) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
SBWF 2010. Black beer with no head. Vinous licorice aroma, figs, cocoa. MIlky chocolate flavor, figs and licorice, chocolate and raisins. Long warming finish.