Cletus (6182) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of stlfun. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, some dark fruit. Tastes roasty and lightly bitter with some nice dark chocolate undertones. Velvety, full body. Great beer!
dimenhetfield (2354) - , Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Ryan for letting me pull this out of his cellar. Not sure how old this was but it was still pretty damn tasty. Nice chocolate malt presence in the aroma and flavor. ABV is masked very well which makes for an incredibly easy sipping beer.
AndyReynolds (718) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, brown sugar, maybe some caramel. Taste is sweet. Pretty damn good.
DalzAle (1737) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Stfun. Dark black pour, very little carbonation, some sweet vanilla, chocolate and roasted dark malt. Flavor is heavy peat, smoke, bitter chocolate and slightly hoppy and very dry on the aftertaste. Really enjoyed this one, thanks again Josh!!
MatSciGuy (905) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] shared by Dalzale. Thanks! Pours a clear super deep brown with a smallish soapy tan head. Aroma is fairly sweet, lots of chocolate, quite nutty, dry cocoa powder, lightly roasty. Flavor is a bit more roasty than the nose suggests. Sweetness is well balanced, the chocolate is very strong and a mix of light and dark, and thereís a bit of noble hop. This is the best new imperial stout Iíve had in quite a while.
fear025 (213) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:The smell is vaguely similar to the inside of a fresh pumpkin when you first cut it open, strange. Thereís also malt, chocolate, coffee, and a little vanilla.
Appearance:Black and opaque with a coffee colored head. Good head size and retention.
Taste:Bitter dark chocolate on the foretaste. Also milk chocolate, coffee, and malt. Some nice bitterness peaks on the midtaste and lingers long into the aftertaste. The hops are nicely potent.
Palate:There is some bitter astringency. The body is medium to thick.
Overall:This is quite a tasty dark bitter stout. This bottle is pretty fresh, and Iím curious how it fares over time. I suspect that it will mellow it out nicely.
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful appearance. Velvet like with a thick frothy head. Honey and chocolate covered cherries that I buy every Christmas is what this beer reminded me of. I loved it. This was quit the surprise.
TheBeerOrg (2136) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a thin wispy mocha head. Notes of sweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, pepper, thick chewy caramelized wort, and mdoerate herbal resins. Full to heavy bodied with moderate alcohol and lively carbonation. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.
wnoble (920) - French Lick, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From my snifter at about 55F. Jet black pour and a moderate brown head that fades quick with some light lace. Nose is dark chocolate, raisins, prunes, alcohol, malts, and some light soy sauce. Taste is immediately chocolate, roasted malts, heavyish smoked malts, breads, burnt cloves, licorice, and some mild vanilla. Finishes extremely bitter and lightly acrid. Mouthfeel is medium full and oily with a slight bite of carbonation. I am impressed. Especially since Upland isnít known for Imp. Stouts. This is a good beer. If I had to provide a negative quality it would be that its a little thin on the body and is very bitter. I assume most of the bitterness is derived of hops so I will be cellaring a few to see if it mellows/improves.
patrick767 (3169) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle - Pours black with a large tan head and a rich chocolate malt aroma. Itís full bodied and roasty with good chocolate notes, ample malt, and hops bitterness making its presence clear in the finish. Very tasty.