Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
After an intense explosion and 3 pour gusher from the bottle, it pours a lasting ring of tan head with a dark brown body. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, fruit, yeast, alcohol. Flavor is the same. Hot, sticky, somewhat dry finish.
Ratman197 (8860) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a l;ingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of dark chocolate, licorice, carmel and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, carmel, dark fruit and licorice with a smooth dry lingering chocolatey fruity finish.
TheGB (475) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a thin tightly laced head. Aroma is kinda light with coffee, belgian yeast, earth, malt, coffee and molasses. Taste is full bodied and rich with more toasted malt, coffee and yeast. Nice hops charachter on the finish, also with some acidity and heat from the alcohol. Nice very complex beer that is well balanced.
hopdog (8450) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml caged and corked bottle. Poured a dark black color with a larger sized brown head. Aromas of roast, belgian yeast, smoke, caramel, and bananas. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, fruity, roast, and smoke.
pilgrimoutlaw (689) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Capone’s. Minimal head, dark opaque body. Flavors - roasty and vanilla aromas. A little boozy, but quite tasty none the less.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black with a thin tan head. ARoma is sweet, chocolate, licorice and a Belgian yeastiness. Flavor is very roasty and chocloately. Bubbly mouthfeel some alcohol warmth. Quite nice, it manages to not over do either the Imperial Stout nor the Belgian angles.
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours out black and thick producing a 2 finger thick head that was cocoa powder colored that at a rather fast pace. the body is black with no light penetration. the aromas are strong and packed with all kinds of smells like chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts and some coffee. the flavors are the same as the aromas, the mouthfeel is chewy, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. it finishes pretty smooth and is a pretty good session beer.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle served in an English pint. Pour is onyx with 2 fingers of dark brown head. Nose is chocolate, roasted malt, Belgian yeast, and light bananas. Taste is exactly the same, but the booze is definitely an addition that I didn’t pick up in nose. This is not a bad brew by any means, but lately I am not big on the Belgian yeast in an imperial stout.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, light Belgian yeast, roasted barley, and slight vanilla. Poured pitch black in color with a huge, creamy, dark brown head that slowly diminished and lasted throughout. Opaque. Large particles throughout. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, roasted barley, chocolate, light Belgian yeast, slight alcohol, slight tar, and a tiny hint of banana. Medium body. Slick, lightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Roasted malt, chocolate, and slight tar finish is lightly dry. 11.8%ABV is well hidden though noticeable in the flavor and its warming effect.
CheersMate (1298) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle from Mac’s on West Peachtree. I was surprised to have seen this, but I did, and I purchased it, so fuck you. Pours nicely i.e., slightly viscous. Head was slightly fluffy at first, and now it is just a nice little wispy, light chocolate colored head. The beer has a nice black opaque body to it. The Belgian yeast gives off a banana and sugar aroma that completely cut through the roast and attack the olfactories. The roast is being dominated by the yeast, but the roast is definitely noticed. Subtle and sweet chocolate aroma is starting to poke through. The aroma has some great dimensions to it; the use of Belgian yeast in this as opposed to Dark Side from Terrapin has resulted in a beer that I feel will be more well-rounded. First off, this beer is too carbonated. Damn, I wish that it wasn’t so effervescent. Alcohol is warming/burning my gums. At first I get that banana and sugar, and then the roast seems like it is going to burst through, but then the banana and sugar come back! Finally, I was surprised to get a very nice rich roast flavor that topped everything off. Wow, this beer goes through phases. The yeast is playing a role that allows the beer to develop. I do feel that the beer is slightly messy now, but will improve drastically with age. I would love to have this after a few years. Again, a little too carbonated for me, but with time I can see this sucker being amazing. Interesting use of yeast.