chinchill (1389) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle served in a goblet.
Pours dark chocolate in color, nearly black in the glass, with a good, semi-durable tan head.
Aroma: complex & rich; markedly hoppy compared to the Samuel Smith’s Imp. Stout that preceded it. In fact, more hoppy than malty.
Rcih flavor has a balanced hoppy/malty components, with a bit less sweetness than bitterness. Lasting aftertaste of coffee, hops and dark roasted grains.
Feel: full, smooth body with good carbonation.
bjakk (246) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - FEB 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red towards black, nice yellowish brown head. Sour liqruish with mild hay. Burned brown sucer with mild flowertones, strong burned aftertaste that really grows mixed with alohol. Dry in the aftertaste. A bit watery.
jayzz (203) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate some caramel up front with hoppy pine and grapefruit at the back. Very good beer.
gegwilson (638) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in the Canalhouse, Nottingham. Pitch black with a tan head. Loads of flavour - chocolate, liquorish, a hint of coffee, treacle, toffee. Very good with a hoppy finish too.
9er (72) - Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bitter, coffee citrus and cloves with a bit of licorice raisin, woody esters. Not my type of stout... Heavy thick carbonation. Will nit purchase.
Dacrza (450) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
DATE TASTED: February 13, 2014... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter...OCCASION: a Storm King for 2014’s king of storms... APPEARANCE: intimidating fire-like lacing of brown head wreaths atop a raven-black body; slightly sporadic lacing... AROMA: oak, milk and peat; brighter, lighter hops tempt the nostrils...PALATE: full-bodied and ferocious; active and substantial from front to back; a welcome lingering aftertaste--keeps the secret of its 10% ABV like a concealed dagger...TASTE: immediately arresting hops clash with teeth; soft malt guides the throat; sweet as sugar--not as complex as expected... OVERALL: the victory in this beer is the balance of ABV and flavor--not on par with its Baltic Thunder, but being readily available in six packs makes this a "snowed in" companion worth seeking out ...
paintedmaple (331) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice dry stout with a very pronounced bitter finish...flavor of dark roasted grains and bittersweet chocolate predominate. Velvety mouthfeel.
alexfranko (9) - - FEB 15, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hop aroma but not over powering nice black color with both head. Great malty, sweet taste and subtle hop finish.
Niall73 (1056) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, dateless. Pours a very dark brown with an off white head. Dark fruit aroma with a very light hint of wood smoke and a little citrus. Light to medium body, medium carbonation. A fair amount of coffee happening, toffee, dark fruit too, but the hops come through a fair bit - lemon, grapefruit, pine. It certainly finishes with a pleasant coffee/choc/grapefruit bitterness which lingers. It’s nice enough, but not all that imperial stouty, or just stouty, actually. Closer to a double BIPA. Tasty though.
maley1 (664) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with large beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and hops, typical imperial stout. Taste of roasted malts, bitter stale coffee, cocoa, unsweetened chocolate, dry bitter hop finish. Very average imperial stout, so much better out there.