EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2013
Once poured, this beer is black as sin with a medium tan head, and the aroma fuses the strong scent of roasted malts and a subtle undercurrent of wood fire. The taste is quite umami, mildly sweet, and slightly bitter, which makes your mouth muscles pucker ever so slightly with pleasure; furthermore, the palate combines a medium body, thick texture (the two of which in combination make for a very complex mouthfeel, especially once the umami is factored into the equation), soft carbonation, and a long and slight bitter finish. jayzz (480) - Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2014
I don’t know what to think when I see the other reviews because the aroma and taste I get from this beer is buttered popcorn. I understand that this could be from Diacetyl. But I absolutely loved this beer with this flavor. Mouthfeel is spot on as well.
HuskerTan (2449) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - AUG 26, 2015
A- Coffee, espresso, cocoa, vanilla, subtle char, roasty.
A- Black color, black liquid, brown head.
A- Coffee, mocha, slightly bitter, smoke, roasty.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, roasty finish.
O- Big body and balanced too. Not as complex as I’d like but smooth and delicious.
jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2011
22oz bomber from Pick’s poured into a snifter. Pours black with almost 3 fingers of dark tan head. Aroma is strongly milk chocolate with a little bit of caramel and some sprucy hops. Taste is medium bitter. Lots of dark coffee with chocolate and spruce. Medium bodied with a somewhat oily yet thick texture. Lively carbonation and a very long, very bitter finish. Overall, I’m really digging this beer. Probably the best beer offered from Cathedral Square. hensonkid (2) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2012 does not count
Purchased a bomber from Whole Foods in St. Louis for $5.99. A fantastic value for the style and a strong entry for a brewery that needed some body.
Beautiful, inky pour with a tan head that builds quickly, but doesn’t hold up. Lots of strong American hop character and a mouth that isn’t quite velvety, but isn’t disappointing either. The malts are beyond simply toasted - they’re almost charred, but it isn’t overwhelming and to some palates may add flavor.
I’m really encouraged to see CS moving this direction. I hope to see even bolder moves from them. It would be interesting to see a future batch of the Holy Moly aged with some oak or hit with some smoke. It’s a solid base, and it compliments food well. Not quite mellow enough for a session beer, but very approachable for a wide range of drinkers. I could see this being a go to beer for bringing to parties.
phaleslu (10895) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Randall’s. Nice to see a new local imperial stout. Pours a deep, mostly opaque dark brown with an initially very large, rocky, frothy tan head that leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. Aroma of bitter dark chocolate, deep, dark, and roasted malts, earthy hops, and cocoa. The flavor has the same amount of bitterness from super dark chocolate and earthy, citrusy hops, along with coffee and more roasted malts, and cocoa. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a smooth, bitter mouthfeel. The body thins as it warms. Impressive first crack at an imperial stout with a lot of hop character. Reminds me a lot of Great Divide Yeti. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2012
22oz bottle thanks to jdskinns: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a stringy-lacing beige head. Has a fresh piny hop nose with some roasty dark malty notes and a touch of espresso. Starts with good fullness and sweet dark caramel maltiness with rich roasty notes and dark chocolate before a drier bittersweet finish. Well-balanced, true to style and enjoyable. seanfitz (9) - - MAR 24, 2013 does not count
One of St. louis best local imperial stouts. Thick and creamy, roasted flavors but not smokey, and a good alcoholic bite. Great price. coachd (971) - Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2014
I have had this beer several times before, but this is the first time I have had it on tap. Great roasty/sweet scent, jet black with very small amount of foam, bourbon sweetness and slight hop bitterness in the flavor, good oily palate. Give this beer a try. In the hard to get noticed world of Imperial Stouts, this one has carved out an interesting niche.