markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2014
Growler courtesy of IBrew2or3. Cheers, Dave! Pours a deep stout brown with a tam head. Nose is roast, earth, licorice, dark chocolate, cocoa, and some bitterness. Flavor is similar with roast, earth, licorice, dark chocolate, and some black coffee. Medium to full in body with lingering dark chocolate and earth in the finish. Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Growler picked up at SunUp pours with a deep dark body and nearly no head due to the carbonation being on the low side right out of the growler, who gives a shit though right? A smooth yummy Impy don’t need much. The aroma offers up oily rich dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee with a pleasing slightly burnt moist sweet chocolate brownie in the background. OK. Like. The taste is smooth but short of being creamy as it offers big oily highly roasted coffee goodness mixed with dark roasted malts and a very pleasing dark chocolaty drool inducing level of yum. To midway it gets a bit more burnt but maintains plenty of other tasty notes as a bit of sweet chocolate brownie comes to the surface. fiulijn (20604) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
Draught at the brewpubhellbilly (3248) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Black color; brown creamy head. Medium roasted malt aroma. Good body strength; it tastes like a powered Porter, with chocolate, light sourness, light roasted malts; correct bitterness. Pleasant because strong, but not exciting.
pours dark brown to nearly opaque black capped with a creamy cocoa colored head which leaves behind some drippy lacing. aroma is milky, dark roasted grain, chocolate, some spiciness which reminds me of oak and floral hoppiness which throws of fruit and banana. alcohol stings a little as it warms. intensely dry palate with flavors of dark roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, unknown fruit (maybe black raisins) and an ashy finish. smooth silky mouth feel. medium body may be a bit thin but i felt it made it easier to drink! beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Growler courtesy of hellbilly as part of the growler swap. Pours balck with a moderately large brown head that lasted through the first third of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasnt aroma of roasted malt and some chocolate. The flavor is rich with roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of prunes. Very mild bitterness at the finish. Full bodied with a fairly smooth, silky mouthfeel. Delicious!
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2009 Just nothing ’’Stoutstanding’’ about this one. Very dark brown bordering black with a nice 1/4 inch light tan head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma is ash and bitter chocolate. Flavor also exhibits the same roasted malt, smoky, burnt caramel quality that is in the nose. A bit thin for the style. Tasty but nothing spectacular. ’09 version much more viscous and creamy. Reminded me a bit of Stone RIS...pretty solid. nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2008
Pours a luxurious black from the tap with a faint reddish brown head. Smells and tastes of charcoal and bakers cocoa -- not much else, unfortunately. Tasty, but very one-note. User37895 (3042) - - OCT 5, 2008
On draft at the brewpub (as an imperial stout, no name provided) just before driving way up the hill to Flagstaff. The pour was deep dark black, chocolate colored head but somewhat thin, weak lacing. The aroma was strong chocolate, light coffee and roast. The flavor was strong chocolate, light vinous notes, caramel, and faint coffee roast. The mouthfeel was oily slick, a tad sticky, but warming due to a bit of alcohol heat. Not bad, but I tend to expect more when the brewer is able to amp up the abv like this. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2007
I had this on-tap at the brewery, and thought it a good-but-not-spectacular-tasting Imperial Stout, with a nice mouthfeel.
It was served in a 12oz snifter, and was an inky black with a very minimal head that seemed to sort of blossom once the bartender set it in front of me. Aroma was of chocolate malt. Taste was very dry and purely that "burnt pizza crust" flavor that I really enjoy. Mouthfeel was rather astringent, and definitely not sticky. I thought this beer extremely drinkable for this style. PHXHOPLOVER (50) - LAVEEN, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Extremely good and thick. Could be a little drier to make more drinkable, the second was a little surapy-had to mone on to the ipa. Great lace. Excellent coffee, plum, chocolate, dark malt taste. Balanced well by the bitterness.