hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from sparky on 7/4/10...
dark brown to black colored pour with a huge over carbonated tan head.
it smells like nail polish-y high alcohol and florals mixed with caramel, toasted nuttiness, roast and rich pit fruit.
it tastes better than it smells...luckily.... yeasty sludge, roast, floral booze, umami and peanut nuttiness with a dry hop filled finish and a ton of sugar.
not as bad as thirteen and it improves greatly with some time in the glass but i’d have a hard time drinking more than these few ounces...5/3/6/3/13/3.0
TheBeerGod (5569) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Black pour with a tall, dense, dark brown head. Aroma is big roasted malt and coffee mixed with light licorice and dark fruits. Taste is strong roasted malt, coffee with cream and sugar, dark fruit, and chocolate. Body is medium with a creamy carbonation. Slight warmth to this as well. Bit of tartness here too. Ends with big roasted malt and coffee along with tart berries, dark fruit and coffee.
madvike (3095) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Dark, deep pour with a small brown head. Decent heat with vinous notes, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is lots of the same, with dark chocolate, coffee, and tons of malt. Bitter and hot finish, with lots of coffee--kind of ruins the decadent taste a bit. Lots of body, with some smooth carbonation and a bit of slickness. Decent, but wouldn’t try again.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. This is a beautiful, deep black beer with a large, dark head. Sadly, it looks better than it is. Nose has some muted coffee notes mixed with dough. The flavors are OK, but far too light for a beer of this strength. Initially I’m hit with burnt coffee and a touch of dark chocolate, but those flavors fade so quickly that the prominent taste and finish is alcohol. I can’t help but feel this beer would be better at a lower alcohol %, or perhaps with a few years of age on it to let things cool off.
phaleslu (7536) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from Ludlow Wines. Pours a very dark brown, basically black, opaque, with a thin brown head that leaves just a few bubbles behind. Aroma of milk chocolate, espresso, berry fruits, burnt wood, earth, and vanilla. Flavor of milk chocolate, molasses, berry fruits, smoked wood, earth, vanilla, espresso, yeast, and alcohol. Full-bodied, with an oily smooth moutfheel, low carbonation, and a roasty, bitter finish. Solid imperial stout.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasty nose, with sweet but alcoholic undertones. Flavors are sweet, slightly tart around the edges with sweetness in full effect but balanced by evident alcohol warmth, the sweetness, and an evident hoppy nature. Cerainly get a yeaty feel to the velvet maltiness...the alcohol is not completely hidden though making it unmistakenly big and warm...the hops are not hidden either, crisping it out but making it feel big as well. Not bad though, just pretty damn big.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Pitch black in shade, the body supports a thick, frothy, mocha tinted cap of steadfast foam. Dense sheets of lacing coat the glass almost entirely, completing the impressive look. Aromas include dark, bittersweet chocolate, huge coffee roast, licorice-like anise, vanilla, and cinnamon. Estery Belgian yeast comes to mind as well, along with some earthen hops. Though complex, the nose comes off a little boozy and harsh. Flavors are based in dark chocolate, anise, a dark fermented fruits. Rum adds boozy substance, while hints of coconut and vanilla creme lend complimentary depth. The yeast profile is dry, and somewhat bready. Medium-full in body, the palate sports moderate carbonation and a sharp, boozy edge and heat. There’s actually some really nice substance here, and the dry yeast keeps this well out of the cloying danger zone, but the strong alcohol overtone mucks things up a good bit. Tone this recipe way down and a really great beer might emerge.
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. pours dark black color. aroma is dark fruits and roasted malts and earthy notes. taste: cherries, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, big booze, great beer.
dmac (4677) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from Canals Hainesport. Poured a good looking super pitch blacker then night opaque uhm......black with a large brown head. Aroma is yeasty, suagary, and loaded with alcohol and burnt notes. The body is smooth and silky with soft carbonation but the alcohol is so hott hat its distracting. Flavors of alcohol, tobacco, yeast, burnt anything and everything and super dark fruit like burnt plum and prune. This one is growing on me or its probably just the ridiculous ABV.
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours motor oil black with a super thick brown head that refuses to back down from the rim of the glass. Aroma holds a ton of lactic sugar, coffee, burnt sugars, bittersweet chocolate, and prevalent alcohol. Flavor is decent, with roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate, and more cream. Not very complex for an impy. Palate is weak for the style-- somewhat thin, and uninteresting. Again, I think Double Simcoe might be the only beer from Weyerbacher I think is above average for the style. Worth trying though, and thanks to oteyj for bringing this up.