SNL (785) - - JUL 17, 2017
San diego version.
Dark brown pour, frothy tan head.
Nice malty nose, taste is very smooth and rich.
Full body, soft carbonation. onceblind (9629) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2017
Inky black hue with a thin light tan head. Lovely cocoa and dark roast lightly sweet nose. Gentle caramel kisses. Big roasty flavor that’s dark and gently chocolaty, bittersweet and full of raw cocoa, light tobacco, and a dark roasty full, yet smooth finish. Complex as. tightslice (1307) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 9, 2017
Bottle from Willow’s Market in Menlo Park, CA. Aroma is smoky bacon, bacon candy, beef jerky molasses, coffee, sweet dark fruit syrup. Taste is sweet and smoky up front with meats and caramalized dark fruit...then some vanilla and chalky finish. Booze really well hidden but very carbonated / bready and a bit too disjointed in flavors. dnstone (3404) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 5, 2017
Pours a deep brown with strong sudsy tan head. Strong chocolate aroma. Quite sweet, super chocolately.
Notes: SD version on tap at Mikkeller SF Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 22, 2017
Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a dark brown color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a fairly slow pace. Lace was somewhat messy.
The aroma had some roasted malts, milk and dark chocolate, some butterscotch, dark bread, and dark fruits.
The flavor seemed to moderate fairly nice between the roast and the sweet. Added in a little bit of cake sweetness and seemed to follow through in the aftertaste and finish.
The palate was just a pinch under medium bodied with a decent sessionable quality about it. Yes, I said sessionable for an Imperial stout because the 12% didn’t feel like that. To me, felt closer to 7 to 6 %. Carbonation did feel fine in this.
Overall, there’s so many RIS’s are the market these days, and this doesn’t seem like one I would "need" to have again.
the_beergery (83) - - MAY 18, 2017
330 ml bottle. Appearance is that of a standard imperial stout - deep midnight black with a thin layer of tan froth with poor retention. The aroma is heavenly -
espresso coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, dried fruits. Taste is just as impressive - rich, dark and expensive chocolate, dried fruits like raisins, prunes and cherries, very muted notes of coffee, and surprisingly a bourbon like booziness even though this is not the bourbon-barrel aged variant. The high alcohol content is kept well under wraps amidst all these flavours and the oily, smooth, chewy and thick mouthfeel. The carbonation is very mild, which tempts one to gulp it all down in a flash! Bule (2160) - California, USA - MAY 1, 2017
11.2oz bottle pours a thick black color with a bit of head. Not sure on age, but at least a couple of years old. Nice balance of hops and malt. Silky smooth and not too sweet.
koleminer20 (3591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2017
22 oz bottle shared with ebone1988. The pour is a lighter black with a thick bubbly light tan head and a few spots of soapy lace as it falls. The aroma is relatively plain. There is a strong roastiness about it and a hint of dark fruits and a touch of chocolate. It’s bitter and light without a lot of complexity or depth. The flavor is much of the same. The light roastiness and a hint of chocolate don’t really do a whole lot. The fruits fade and it’s just roasty and bitter. The mouth feel is light and slick with a sharper carbonation and a lingeringly bitter roast on the finish. It’s not complex at all, but rather bland. ebone1988 (1918) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2017
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is robust, roasted malt, chocolate, bitter, slight smoke. Appearance is dark dark brown, light tan head, poured thin. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, slightly sweet, sharp, pretty good. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy body, oily, roasted malt dark chocolate booze aftertaste. Overall, this one is good but I can’t help but expecting more for the hype. Alpha10 (755) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2017
2017/04/15 - Pours a thick, jet black colour with a thick, foamy, tan head the slowly reduces and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted smokey malts, licorice, tobacco, molasses and ash. Taste is sweet chocolate and molasses, booze, roasted malt, ash and alcohol with hints of tobacco, licorice and vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick and oily with smooth carbonation and a long bittersweet, warming finish. Sweet, smokey and boozy without being cloying or overbearing. Dangerously decadent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone