nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Bottle shared at a BeerAdvocate tasting. Black in color with a tan head. Aroma is roast, smoke, and chocolate. Flavor is pretty nice, more of the same, with coffee and hops as well. Palate about medium for the style with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall a solid RIS from SC. lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2009
Big thanks to stopbarking for sharing this beer!! Pours black with a short lived tan head. Smell was chocolate, subtle dark figgy fruitiness, and fudge. Taste is nice dark chocolate, hops and some good bitterness to balance. Medium to full body with normal carbonation. Lingering hops in the finish too. Fantastic beer, and its laughbale to think that at the time this was rated, 76% of all Imperial Stouts are rated better than this. Surely this will beging to climb as the hype grows as it is a very enjoyable beer. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small, tan-colored head.
Smell: Many roasted, charred aspects to the predominately black malt-scented aroma with supporting notes of chocolate sauce, molasses, and dark caramel.
Taste: Heavily roasted, even charred black maltiness cloud the slightly lesser tastes of bittersweet chocolate morsels, blackstrap molasses, and caramel. Medium-high sweetness present. Small dash of anise precedes the growing roasty bitterness, though it doesn’t manage to supplant the sweetness. Finishes roasty and fairly sweetish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel that flows just right on the tongue, a very important facet of the style, mind you.
Drinkability: Mmm-mm! When done right, I find an Imperial Stout to be vastly enjoyable. Thankfully, this is one of those. Keep it up, Coast. daHammer (60) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2009
A. Roasted grain. bready malts, light smoke, light hops, choc.
App. Opaque dark brown with red highlights, thin light brown head
F. Sweet malt, roast, choc, dark fruits. light hop citrus flavor big hop bitterness
Hoppy bitter finish with peppery alcohol
P. Med-full body, Alcohol warming, Creamy MF Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 Incredibly drinkable for a RIS. Roasty and chocolately, but not chewy really at all. Almost a porter mouthfeel and drinkability. Until you have a full pint and you are reminded that it is indeed at an imperial.
Oakes (17685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2009
Almost black. Rich dark chocolate and dark fruit nose. Rich, creamy, decadent brew with lots of chocolate, subtle coffee complexity and dark fruitiness. Dry finish. We went back for more. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2009
Draught at Mellow Mushroom, Charleston. Rich black with small tan head. Rich aroma of tar, berries, and dark chocolate. Medium carbonation and fun mouthfeel. Long lingering roastiness. Rich creamy body with lots of coffee, dark dark chocolate, smooth and robust, and very very nice! One of SC’s best brews. jrmac (335) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2009
On tap at trade show. Beer poured a true black with huge brown foamy head. Smells of malt, cocoa, coffee, and more. Taste was smooth, creamy, and delicious. Best of the show. jrob21 (3690) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Very drinkable and smooth impy stout with no hint or burn of a 10+% beer. Pour is topped with a fizzy tan head. Aroma is chocolate and cocoa sweetness. Flavors were dominated by the rich chocolate malt and had a chalky cocoa like texture. Finishes with a tinge of hop bitterness to set you on your way. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2010 Poured from a growler shared by Ding at the Brick Store poured into a tulip.
Pours nearly black with only hints of mahogany coming through the edges. There was a short-lived tan head that left a little lacing.
The aroma was was pretty rich with dark roasted malts, hints of chocolate and some sugary sweetness.
The taste was on the sweeter side of things, like a dessert. Lots of molasses and dark malts with semi-sweet chocolate and the faintest hint of hops.
The mouthfeel was fairly heavy and dessert-like with minimal carbonation.
This is a very good stout and certainly a sweeter version of an RIS. Big thanks to Ding for the opportunity.