Narnad (1503) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from the bottle a dark brown/black color, very clean and containing a high amount of carbonation that produces a thin dense tan head. Aroma has a modest amount of chocolate, light roasted presence but pretty light and sweet overall. Flavor has pretty strong dark chocolate presence to start that is broken up by some light fruity plum and bitter coffee presence in the middle. Brew finishes up with a very nice sweet chocolate taste. Body is pretty heavy with a very smooth sugary texture with a slight dry finish from the roasted malts used. Overall a fantastic beer! Pretty heavy and sweet but not cloying. Flavor is very full. Funny, this isnít how I thought teddy bear kisses would taste.
valpoaj (663) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour from tap - body appears black in dimly lit restaurant with robust, long lasting head. Leaves considerable lacing. Aroma is good - very malty, some chocolate, but not as much as I anticipated - some slightly burnt notes...roasty...some caramel. Flavor was quite bitter and breached a level where I thought it overpowered the taste - some cocoa, milk chocolate, more roasted/burnt malts. Palate was a bit hot, but not unexpected for a 10% ABV on tap. Overall I didnít leave particularly impressed by this beer, though I wouldnít go as far as to say Iíd turn it down in the future.
argo0 (12111) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, thanks Travlr. Medium brown head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some roast. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some roast, alcohol, earthy. Medium-full body, some stickiness.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Travlr: pours a mostly opaque black with a thin-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty dark caramel malty nose with a touch of milk chocolate. Body starts with pretty good fullness and fine carbonation with decent dark malty sweetness and dark chocolate flavor giving way to some subtle bittering hops toward a bittersweet finish. Not overly rich or complex, but pretty smooth and drinkable.
jhp40219 (372) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bomber poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours black with a slight reddish hue. Large creamy tan 2 finger head that left plenty of lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, smoke/ash, alcohol, and a hint of coffee. Taste is roasted malts, cocoa, dark chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, and smoke. The cocoa taste is really quite different from any other imperial stouts I have tasted. It is very pronounced and stands on itís own. Certainly gives this brew a leg up. Alcohol kick is definitely there in the finish, especially after it warms. You can certainly taste that youíre drinking a 10% ABVíer. I can see where this would be a great bourbon barrel ager. Full body, creamy and thick as you would expect. Carbonation is pretty high and taste bud numbing. Long finish of cocoa and alcohol, (it works though!) Very enjoyable and certainly one of Uplandís standouts. Iím going to have to try and find this barrel aged!
GT2 (9275) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
651mL thanks to Travlr. Clear maroon pour. Medium reddish coffee head. Good retention. Nose is quite sugary and red candy heavy. Twizzlers, acetaldehyde, red apple. Taste is spicy, dark chocolate, big soil/dirt. Very soil dirty. Ick. Difficult to drink.
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Travlr (15858) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brown color, scant head. Aroma of brownies. Taste is chocolate soda. Interesting.
ccex (1074) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle pours an opaque dark brown with small light brown head and an little lacing. Smell is full of roasted malts and chocolate. Aroma is the same, with touches of coffee, bread and fruit added. Taste is intitially sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste that grows as it warms up. Body is at best medium - less than what I expected. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy. OK for the style, but I doubt if Iíll try this one again.
AWISLguy (1753) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Discount. Pours black with a tannish head. Very little lacing even when I try. Aroma has cocoa, chocolate liqueur, caramel and a bit of soy. Smells luscious. Gets more and more milk chocolatey through the bottle until it is quite overwhelmingly sweet chocolate. Taste is of roasted malts, chocolate, burnt malts and alcohol. Very bittersweet, and progressively bitter. Quite chocolate and slightly thin, but a solid stout, in a chocolate-strong mode.
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled Oct'12. This is the epitome of a totally middle-of-the-road imperial stout. Decent, but nothing special.