chinchill (1602) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pours dark, reddish mahogany with a small tan head.
A robust stout with a solid dark malt base. Hints of coffee and plums and cherries in the surprisingly fruity aroma. Light spicy hops and smoke come out more in the taste; which is rendered less fruity, but even mor complex, than the aroma. Excellent level of mild bitterness overall, despite a somewhat sweet start. The flavor lingers a good while in the dark malt aftertaste. Other than a hint of sherry in the taste and, more so, the aroma, the 8% alcohol is well hidden.
Feel: remarkably smooth and creamy. Full bodied. Slightly dry finish.
O: Excellent RIS. Richly flavored and very well balanced. No burnt notes and just a hint of smoke despite the ample, dark roasted malts.
ModeEngage (149) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
http://imgur.com/khu0LTQ - Bottle. Pours opaque black with thin tan head. Smells of oak, butter chocolate, and toasted malt. Drinks smoothly with mild lingering hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Tastes of booze, maple, light smoke, and chocolate.
NikkTwist (1517) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Moriartys. Glossy black pour with some beige foam that mostly disappeared. Slightly smokey dark fruit. Charcoal grilled fruit skewers. Also notable amounts of chocolate caramel and cold coffee. Tootsie Rolls. Liquorice. Vanilla beans. Molasses. Leatherette. Coffee liquor. Full, dark, shiny and delicious!
Ed5388 (1970) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2oz sample at International Great Beer Expo (Meadowlands). Pours black with a thin mocha head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Taste of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla.
ectotherm (13) - farmington, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Drank it both from a bottle and from the brewery in the same outing. A very nice experience. Great color but the lacing? If you can find it please have a few with your mates.
onceblind (3933) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with a foamy latte head. Nose is sweet and creamy with vanilla notes and chocolate custard, and lightly roasted malts with a touch of toast. Flavor is bittersweet with lots of earthy roast but with ample sweet chewy chocolate tones, Boston Creme, toast, and a bit of earthy burnt tones on the finish. Quite lovely.
Beese (1462) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge. Poured black with a tight tan head. Somewhat sweet aroma of coffee, molasses and vanilla. Good thick mouth feel. Flavours of chocolate, banana, fudge and dark fruit. Roasted malt bitterness on the finish with some smooth coffee and black treacle.
warhawk91 (291) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pour is a classic jet black with a tan head that recedes to a wispy ring around the glass. Smell is sweet with chocolate and cocoa with a note of hops and coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, licorice, touch of coffee, bit if booze. Very smooth and easy drinking for an imperial.
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dctellem1973 (1) - Dover, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Wine World, Bel Air, MD. Roasted malt, coffee, some fruit in the aroma. Dark as hell. Smooth and very drinkable @ 8% alc. Mostly roast in the palate with hints of alcohol in the aftertaste. Good balance across the board here. Good buzz at the end, will definitely drink again.
jas321990 (6) - - JAN 18, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Raspberries and dark cherries on the nose along with some slight chocolate
Not as dark as most imperisl stouts, with a negligible tan head fading into a tiny ring leaving no lacing.
Solid taste, chocolate and fruit trade places with some nice coffee notes added. A little bit of roast while on the sweet side.
Full bodied with some creaminess and a subtle dryness. Carbonation more present than the pour made it seem.
Overall, a nice sipper for a cold day that I would not mind drinking again.