argo0 (11823) - 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 (329) - 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 it’s 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 you’re drinking a 10% ABV’er. 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 Upland’s standouts. I’m going to have to try and find this barrel aged!
GT2 (9000) - 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 (14210) - 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 (996) - 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 I’ll try this one again.
AWISLguy (1529) - 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 (1305) - 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.
b3shine (6106) - Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to snifter. Looks solid; cola with tan lacing. Smells solid too; roast and malt with some and chocolate. Tastes like it smells with a good (although slightly thin) mouthfeel. Abv is hidden extremely well. Enjoyable.
DrSilverworm (7694) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from a 22oz bottle. Black color, good light brown head, some lace. Nice dark chocolate, roasty nose. Flavor is like rich chocolate coffee cake, lightly soaked in booze. Lighter body for the 10.2% ABV, but still big, with a nice chewy texture. Good bitter taste. Alcohol is better hidden than in the Double Dragonfly I just tasted before this, there is enough flavor here to balance it out. Very light carbonation, smooth body, more dry finish. Nice chocolatey coffee aftertaste. Tasty imperial stout.