GIJOE (771) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with a foamy cappuccino head. Aroma is dark dried fruits and malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is predominately sweet with traces of bitter dark chocolate on the sides of the tongue.
Full bodied, moderate carbonation.
Pretty good brew! I'd happily have another.
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mcberko (8520) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan / light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, some chalk, and some bitter dry cocoa. Flavour brings out heavily roasted malt, bitter dry cocoa, and more roasted malt. Finishes with quite a highly astringency roasted malt note. Full-bodied and medium complex. Good solid impie, but nothing extraordinary here.
umich03jm (2500) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours near pitch black with a nice 1 finger head that fades very quickly. Aroma is sweet chocolate milk, light roast, and a touch of raisins. Taste is moderately sweet with no bitterness. Mostly milk chocolate with some light roast and very light fruitiness. Creamy finish with an odd aftertaste. Kinda chalky and a little fruity I guess? Doesn’t seem to fit. Overall, not well balanced and not very interested but still decent.
Arayaga2 (1869) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/black with chocolate roast notes in both aroma and taste with the smoothness of a something that has milk in it. Very much a rich desert beer without the sweetness ever crossing the line to cloying. $3/10oz
NikkTwist (1886) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Moriartys. Opaque brown pour with a pillowy brown head. Thin nose when cold. Burnt chocolate. Coffee grounds. Cinnamon. Charcoal. Leatherette. Mostly creamy palate. Nice black flavors. Missing a little something from some of the best Imperials but pretty damn good.
radagast83 (5380) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured a mostly hazy brown color with a touch of ruby notes and a small tan head. Aroma was some roasted malts, sweet caramel character. Flavor was sweet malts, with plenty of roast characters. Was pretty bitter. Dry. Alcohol in this one is really well masked. Impressed enough.
kennydiaz (353) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark black with hardly no carbonation. A little smoky , with roasted malt and hints of oak. A liitle disappointing
kramer (5328) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Bull Run Taphouse. Pours a pitch black body with a nice frothy and creamy dark brown head that had very good retention. The nose is rich and roasty with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and a light citrusy hop note. The flavor is very roasty with a slightly burnt malt note, dark roasted coffee, and a touch of alcohol. Finishes with a pretty hefty citrusy hop bitterness that melds pretty well with the burnt malt without making it overly astringent. Mouthfeel is maybe a touch on the thinner side for the style, yet far from watery. Nice soft fizzy carbonation enhances the hop bite on the back end. Pretty good beer, one of the better Widmer efforts I’ve had.
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 On tap at Red Hook. Black as night. Disappointing nose, some coffee and dark fruit. Ok mouthfeel. Very bitter, more so than I would have expected. A bit of booze numbness on the tongue. True to style, but won’t seek this out.
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trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pitch black color with a thick khaki head with great lacing. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and toffee. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, roasted malt and molasses with a little black licorice mixed in too. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with great carbonation and a dry finish. I’m glad Widmer decided to bring back this delicious beer and it seems to taste a bit better than the last batch.