Art (3220) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Pours a dark brownish black. Light brown foam. The aroma of dark fruits and chocolate. Flavors of coffee with the same bitterness. Smooth oily feel with a slight dry finish. RedSox2004 (2000) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
On tap at The Daily Pint. Opaque black with a thick mocha head and excellent lace. Big rich dark chocolate aromas with roasted coffee, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, mint and alcohol. Bittersweet dark chocolate flavors accompanied by roasted coffee, figs, molasses. Full body, moderate carbonation, Creamy smooth mouthfeel, warming alcohol, and a bittersweet finish. Very nice. DedicatedToFun (4003) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Poured from a bomber deep dark color with a nice tan head strong fruit nose with some malty and chocolate, amazing. Boutip (6620) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of black chocolate notes with some light liquor notes with some dried fruits notes as well. Taste is also a mix between some dark black chocolate notes with some dried fruits notes and some light liquor notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very nice drink though a bit too much of the dried fruits notes. jrob21 (3870) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2013
One of my favorite anniversary beers that I have been stealthfully able to keep up with. This years was smuggled back on an emergency trip out to San Diego. 22 poured into a pint glass. The chocolate and figs are very apparent. This is one of the richest, deepest, most complex porters you will ever come across. Smooth on the sip and entirely too easy to drink at 11%.
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2013
A - Dark black with a bit of brown and a thin finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades normal.
S - Roasted dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, coffee, cocoa nibs, figs, dates, raisins, and other dark fruits, vanilla, and some booze.
T - Dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, cocoa nibs, figs, date, raisins, and other dark fruits, vanilla, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a touch thick with a sweet, warming, and a bit bitter.
D - Fantastic imperial porter. Great balance and mouthfeel. RaucusBacchus (101) - Sandy, Utah, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Vinous nose with a spartan head. Coats the glass like simple syrup. Sweet forward, full bodied with a rich, chocolate finish. The 11% heat comes through on the wain. A very good sipper. ~m
--RaucusBacchus rougeau13 (3276) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Nearly black with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, dark chocolate, wood, must, molasses, and a hint of spice. Medium-full bodied and silky smooth. Taste is rich chocolate, figs, and molasses dominate the flavor. The alcohol is barely discernible. I have another bottle that I’ll age for a while more, but this is pretty good stuff. Leighton (22769) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2017 Bottle shared at Bruce’s 30th Birthday Bash - CBC Clerkenwell, London. Big thanks to the birthday boy! Pours black-brown with a creamy, tan head. Burnt sugar on the nose, lots of roast, charred malts and raisins. Medium to big sweet flavor with some earthy bitterness, burnt wood, chocolate syrup. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Bitter earth to finish, more burnt wood, dark chocolate, baking cocoa, burnt sugars more generally. Rich, lasting dark chocolate. Good bitterness to off-set the sugary chocolate. Big hitter. (April 2013, score: 4.1)DocJitsu (2059) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2013
Bottle at the chris and ruth 2016 Shindig - London. Pours clear, deep brown with a frothy, tan head. The nose has a little mint, chocolate, roast. Medium sweet flavour with notes of chocolate, more mint, earth. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Lightly warming finish, fairly sweet, with nice gooey chocolate, scorched earth bitterness, cooling mint. Interesting. Probably a bit past its best. (August 2016, score: 3.5)
Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a light mocha, nitrogen-like foamy head. Vanilla and coconut dominate the aromas. Some dark roast malt is in the background. The mouthfeel is quite pleasant. Creamy, thick, and just enough carbonation for balance. Chocolate and coconut flavors present first. Some coffee emerges in the middle. Sweet coconut and brown sugar at the finish. This is a lovely imperial stout. No alcohol flavor or warmth noted at all.