kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2007
12 oz bottle, via 1FastSTi. Pours a very dark brown body under a one finger fizzy brown head that had some decent retention given how thin the head looked. Aroma is roasty with some burnt malt, licorice, chocolate, some lactose, and a light grapey note. Flavor is roasty and burnt with a good amount of coffee and licorice. There is an odd astringent lactic finish mixed with a little alcohol that I don’t care for too much. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a slick oily texture and fizzy prickly carbonation. Can’t say that I really cared for this one too much. This was on my wantlist for ever after having two of their other Stouts, but this one just doesn’t measure up to those guys. Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Another strong entry rom Central Waters, and a top imperial stout. Not as intense as some (and whether that’s a good thing or not depends on my mood on a given day), it has a great balance of flavor and smoothness. Color is deep deep brown with reddish highlights. Aroma is coffee/chocolatey. Lots of good chocolate and sweet coffee in the flavor. There’s a slight ale mustiness (which I happen to like, so I wish I could find a better word to describe it). Maybe even more aftertaste than taste, leaving me craving more. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Despite an initially average appearance, this beer does look imminently drinkable. Very brown body with light teak hues. Mostly diminishing beige head. Wonderful rich chocolate surrounds a hearty core of slightly smoky, succulent roasted malts in the initial stages of the aroma. Notes of caramel and campground; this apparent greasy aroma is full and pleasing, even appetizing. A light lactic character and unidentifiable sour fruits round things out. Lovely. Flavor is a little muffled and sticky at first. Very mouth-coating throughout the quaff. Chocolate dominates roastiness in the flavor. Bitterness is medium. the everpresent lactic quality seems to be the only thing detracting from the taste. Mouthfeel is akin to licking an oak barrel that previously housed chocolate syrup, lightly biting. A very long finish leaves substantial and satisfying lightly bitter chocolate notes in the recesses of my mouth. Alcohol is never a noticeable factor. A really fun beer to pick apart, and to drink. buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2007
Wow! This one tastes sooo rich. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is creamy bitter chocolate and burnt malts. Just a tiny hint of sourness. Flavor is very robust considering the lower alc%. I would have thought I was drinking something at least 10% alc. Flavor is bitter malts, coffee, cocoa, hints of molasses, faint smoke. Silky mouthfeel. Very impressed overall. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2007
Dark brown with lots of foamy brown head. Heavy carbonation with a nice chocolate nose. High alcohol taste with chocolate on the taste with burnt coffee on the tail end.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Pours a dark brown with a really thin, quickly diminishing tan head. The smell is very roasty, with some smoke, bacon, and dark malts. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, nuts, and some caramel. I get a fried breakfast meat taste too, more like sausage. The finish is pretty smooth. Somewhat lighter bodied, but the intriguing taste more than makes up for it. Slightly bitter in the aftertaste, but the chocolate appears there too, which covers for it. Nicely done, alot going on with this brew. Skyview (6034) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2007
Picked up a few bottles from Trigs in Wausau, Wisconsin. Pours a black as the "ace of spades" brew with a thick light tan head. Laces very well too. Aromas of dark bittersweet chocolate, sour cherries, oak barrels, wheat biscuits, and then some coffee. Flavor has toffee, and sweet pitted dark fruits. Palate is lightly carbonated, tingly on the tongue tip and a gritty finish. Sweet! TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2007
12 oz bottle. Ebony with a toasty tan head. Lace sheeting all around. Nice warm nose of coffee and wood; touch of molasses. Moderate carb with a smooth body. Rich concord grape and coffee. Lacto sweetness and mild grassy drying. Quite tasty. Great for breakfast or dessert. adrian910ss (2573) - Doylestown, PA, USA - APR 3, 2007
12 oz bottle via trade with the Epeeist. Pours a dark brownish black color with a thick foamy brownish beige head. Aroma of roasted coffee beans, rich chocolate, toffee and smoked molasses. Taste is of rich creamy dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans,creamy malts,and toffee with a smoked finish. Excellent !! Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2007
12oz bottle-A dark black body with a nice tan head which has an aroma of chocolate, dark malt, and coffee. Taste the same as aroma with more of the malt and coffee flavors. Great tasting imperial stout.