JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2014
2013 bottle. Black pour with a tan head. Black coffee espresso aroma. Big coffee flavor with just enough vanilla notes. More coffee than in year’s past, but still freakin tasty. bookman10 (1155) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Pours a deep brown with minimal, creamy head. Aroma of coffee and vanilla, along with roasted grains, burnt toast. Flavor is marked by the combination of vanilla and coffee, along with some licorice, some leather, a bit of caramel sweetness. This is a really nice, balanced porter and a great winter warmer type of beer. tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Growler pour. Pours black with thin mocha head. Nose of green pepper, vanilla, coffee. Medium body, smooth coffee flavor, vanilla. aenima (335) - Askim, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2014
Aroma of dark fruits, dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar. Soft carbonation. Very good beer. Dfonorow (2250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Close to black with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma is of coffee, vanilla, roast, smoke, and a bit of chocolate. Flavor leans towards the coffee a bit more with a bit of caramel in the finish. Alcohol is masked well.
pushkinwow (2851) - Ottawa, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013
Can’t believe I had never gotten around to rating this but picked up a growler of it to start a boys weekend and it was probably the best beer (or at least best new beer) of the trip. Dark mahogany with a dark biege head. Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, espresso froth, dry and sweet but so very finely balanced, smooth, moderate carbonation and full body, so easy to drink. Inbreak (6328) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 29.12.2013, 0,65l bottle @ home:GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Nice brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet roasted, dark malts, espresso, dark sugar, vanilla, chocolate, grass. Taste is dark malts, sour espresso, harsh vanilla, grass, cocoa, dark sugar, almond essence. Longlasting harsh bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Nice enough, but very disappointing really. Taste is just too much on the sour / harsh coffee and vanilla side.
Picked up a growler of this. Pours an extremely dark brown with about 1’’ of mocha colored head. Once the head dissipated there was some excellent lacing. Aroma is similar to an imperial stout with strong coffee notes and roasted malt. Despite the commercial description I do not notice any vanilla. Taste follows the nose with strong coffee flavors upfront followed but a slightly bitter finish. There is just a hint of vanilla in the finish but it is not nearly as strong as I have experienced with other beers. The body is medium (this is where it really differs from a stout) and very smooth. The alcohol is hidden extremely well. Good stuff. Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 28, 2013
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice black pour with a one inch light brown head. Aroma is coffee, coffee, and more coffee. The flavor followed suit. At first, I was disappointed that the coffee flavor was so overwhelming. Combined with the pronounced bitterness, the beer just seemed too harsh. However, as the beer warmed up, it started to reveal itself. The vanilla became quite prominent and added an enjoyable, sweet counterbalance to the coffee. By the end of the glass I was sucking it down and wishing I had more. Didn't even think about the ABV. It's not even there. Excellent beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone drtbrewster (40) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Strong hearty malt base, pronounced coffee aroma with strong appeal, what an Imperial should be.