Tmoney99 (14503) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Bottle from daknole shared by alexsdad06. Poured a reddish black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and spice aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a heavy dark bittersweet and small pepper bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is another standout beer.
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2011 22 oz bottle courtesy of fishingnet. Thanks, Ben! Pours a thick viscous black with a dark brownish head, laces ok and films. Aromas are a blast of dark roasty malts, cocoa, vanilla, a touch of peppery spice, a blast of bittering hops, coffee. Initial is big and bitter, hops and roasted malts, vanilla and dark chocolate is very dominant, in the raw, very bitter, the malts and hops take over, the light heat grows on the back of the palate, not being a shocker, moreso a light dusting, growing and complimenting the roast well. Bitter, thick and covering the palate well. The heat grows in the belly, but lightly, nothing to overtake the flavors of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate with pretty prominent bitterness. Licorice and subtle chalkiness, the beer really works well for dessert. Very nice. Rerate pending - 2011 Bottles show lively spice and pepper, very nice. Bumped up .1 pts - Better than any of the oak/barrel treatments I had, the base stands on it’s own merits. Slipstream (2626) - USA - FEB 18, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 On tap at RnH. It was nice to get to try some of this. I was wondering why CC offers 2 types of imperial stout, but the RB description explains that this is a spiced up version of the Marshall Zhukov. This is a rich, potent imperial stout, with flavors of coffee, prune, raisins, cocoa, tobacco tar, a bit of citrusy tang, and drying hops. Spicy and woody, with a chili-hop tingle. It is warm on the palate, and astringent too. Wow. A very interesting and powerful brew. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Hand bottle from one of the best dudes on this site – thanks! Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. The nose is dark fruits, roasted malt, ashy cocoa, molasses and spiked coffee. The taste is black licorice, molasses, burnt malt, dark chocolate, coffee and a nice bitter hoppy finish. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Very good – worthy of the hype. hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2010
This beer looks incredible, really looks like the perfect stout, nice dark thick body with a beautiful dark tan head. The nose is dominated by peppers, burns the nostrils a bit. This is a very chewy beer, not sure I’ve seen anything pour this thick before. Some bakers chocolate and an ashy burnt tone to it. The peppers are there in force. They are slightly distracting and I’d love to see them toned down just a bit (barrel aged version maybe?) however they really make this unique. I couldn’t drink great quantities of this beer, which might make the high rating seem a bit off, but it’s very well executed and so unique it is deserving of it.
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle generously shared by Sparky27...thanks Eric!!! Liquid coal pour produced only a whispy dark caramel cloud that floated on top of the body (hand bottle). Bonus point for it staining the inside of the glass. Aroma is pungent Godiva, molasses, roasted coffee, and vanilla. Flavor is chocolate forward, but also delivers black licorice Jelly Bellies, burnt marshmallow, brown sugar, and balancing hops. Although the pasillo & ancho chili peppers weren’t noticeable, the cinnamon definitely had a nice presence which added tremendous complexity to the beer. A little sweet and couldn’t drink a ton (who am I kidding, of course I could), but this one was fantastic. TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Sweet vanilla pepper nose. Spicy and powerfully strong nose. Flavor follows the nose with spice notes and big roast malts lots of vanilla. Spicy bitter finish quite good. Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 Growler shared from Big Z Beverage for our Pre-Night of the Living Ales Tasting. A big thanks (once again) to Alex for breaking this one out along with all the other epic beers we had.
A - Pours black, tan head (a fingers-worth), good retention, and some lacing along the sides of the glass. A slim cap of head on top.
S - Very pronounced chocolate, some chili spices (not overpowering though), vanilla, dark fruits.
T - Lots of chocolate on the palate. Very very chocolatey rich mixed in with some chili notes. Somehow, for me, the combo works. I’ve never had a stout with such a real pronounced chocolate notes. Sweet and spicy finish.
M - Full bodied, rich, smooth, light carbonation.
D - I drank several pours and it was just as good (if not better) after every pour. I’m looking forward to trying this in the bottle to see if it differs at all. The hype on this one is well-deserving. Possibly my favorite Imperial Stout I’ve ever had (beats Bell’s Black Note, IMO). coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Draft at CCB. Thought I would add this as my 100th rating. I was very excited to try this. Pour appears like motor oil with minimal head served in a tulip glass. Served too cold, but oh well. Aroma holds oak, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavors are simiar with brown sugar, molasses and some peppery notes as well. Some bitter hops in the finish. Great IS. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2010 on tap @ CCB event RNH. This and Maduro Oatmeal Raisin were probably the stand-out beers of the event for me- tons of chocolate, roast, and light chili pepper flavor in the aroma and taste - nice raisiny dark fruit character. Although big and sweet, it was balanced nicely with hop bitterness.