thome50 (1294) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle. (Not totally sure if this is the right beer, mine said Bourbon barrel aged and black wax) Pours a dead still flat black. Aroma of milk chocolate through and through. Taste is more milk chocolate, slight toffee, barrel and vanilla. Mouth feel is really good for a flat beer. brokensail (16432) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Pours black in color with a small off-white head. Really roasty and smokey nose. A bit savory/meaty. Some earthy hops, a lot of licorice, and a bit of soy sauce. Not much in the way of sweetness. The flavor is quite heavy on the roast, ash, and smoke. A touch of molasses sweetness, licorice, some char, and a bit of earth. Moderately bitter and slightly acidic. biggirlpanties (194) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
22oz bomber thanks to GT2 and tastybeer. Pours pitch black with medium coffee foam. Good lacing. Aroma of roasted barley, cappuccino, cinnamon, roasted dark chocolate, cream, nutmeg. Hot cocoa drink. Had some metallic notes at first that went away/volatile. Taste is quite metallic, but also some bitter chocolate, cinnamon, roasted coffee. Metallic, lemony twag. Wish it were more robust in mouthfeel. Not sticky sweet, quite light and mildly sour with the creamy coffee. Coffee gets stronger and metallic flavors fade. Needs to sit out for awhile before drinking. Gets a lot better. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
650mL thanks to tastybeer! Pours a clear, deep, near inky black. Larger, deep mocha, coffee foam. Insane retention, sheen, rocky. Excellent aesthetics. Nose is a bit detergent/soapy, dish water, black olives. Taste is very lemon sour, tea tannic, and dusty/woody. Not a lot of chocolate, coffee, or rich dessert character. Palate is thin, papery, dusty, tannic. Not my thing. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2012
22 oz. bottle served in a Deschute tulip. Big thanks to cpmichael for the share.
A: Pours a dark black with mocha colored head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin collar and leave some splotches of lace down the glass.
S: Roasted malts, bitter bakers chocolate, some oats and a little coffee bean fill the nose.
T: The taste matches the nose to a T. Nice combination of roasted malts, some oaty flavors, chocolate and coffee.
M: Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation with a dry roasty finish.
o: This was a very solid brew that I would love to revisit when my palate isn’t full of Apple Brandy Zhukov, Brandy Barrel Dark Apparition, Hunahpu...you get the idea.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-04-2012
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
(22oz bottle) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, ash, raisins, caramel, molasses, and light oxidation. Flavor of ash, chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, and dark fruit. Patrickctenchi (6550) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Pours black with dark tan head.
Scent is spiced...molasses and vanilla.
Taste is sweet chocolate and wood.....
Coffee bitter and alcohol burn in back.
A little harsh, but very good. shrubber85 (11324) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, oak and alcohol aroma. Dark brown with moderate tan head. Smoky chocolate/molasses malt flavor with a moderately bitter herbal finish. A tad rough but damn tasty. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle. Chocolate, coffee, oaky, vanilla, peat, alcohol aroma. Black brown with a small tan head. Smoky chocolate, coffee, molasses, prune, vanilla, and alcohol flavor. Smooth, creamy full body with a bit of an alcohol burn. Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2012
650 ml bottle
Imperial stouts are always a gamble because most of the time they cost more than other styles (probably due to the expense of the brewer). This one though is a gem that should be better known. On par with beers like NABC Thunderfoot, this is perhaps even better than Upland’s Teddy Bear Kisses. Pick up a bottle next time you can.
Aroma / Appearance - Oily black with long spindly legs this is just what you would expect from a well crafted imperial stout. The head takes quite a while to settle down. Chocolate, malt, smoke, plums, oil, and anise balance well with nothing in particular taking center stage the whole time.
Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel is like sucking down a glass of half melted Hershey’s kisses blended with cold coffee. Anise, plums, and smoke complete a rich texture that refreshes the palate. Deceptively smooth it doesn’t fatigue even after almost a full bomber. I can’t wait to see what the bourbon barrel aged version is like.