jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Brown with an average beige head. Aroma is of cocoa, licorice, and chocolate. Taste is of roasted malts, chocolate. PapaSkeetSkeet (1011) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Dark brown, light brown head, decent carbonation for the style. Aroma/Flavor of lots of cookie dough, a bit of sap, milk chocolate, and roast. medium-heavy body. Nicer than I was expecting. p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2011 Bought in Eugene and opened the 12 oz in san diego into Pint glass. Looks pure black. Light brown thinish head. Smells like super chocolate. tastes like a bunch of chocolate with a bit of bittersweetness kinda like dark chocolate. pretty thick on the palate also kinda crisp on the tongue. Overall 8.5 of 10. Very tasty beer! cubs (10745) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle @ bros house. Brown/black appearance with a tan head. Roasty, anise, dark chocolate malty nose. Quite strong, roasty, charred, black licorice, chocolate malty flavor. Too much char and licorice for me. bpreo (3043) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Kind of nauseating to be quite honest. I don’t know why, but I am not enjoying this beer at all. Sad day apparently.
Cybercat (6434) - Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Strong, smoky aroma has tones of chocolate and molasses with coffee, nutty and licorice hints. It pours a dark chocolate brown with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled light tan head. Semi-sweet chocolate dominates the smoky flavor, which includes molasses, caramel and nutty hints. Texture is quite smooth and pleasing, not very fizzy but still good. Look for this one! poisoneddwarf (2710) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JUL 13, 2011
12 oz bottle into snifter. This bottle reads 7.5% ABV. Pours completely black with a medium beige head that recedes slowly. Has aromas of chocolate, caramel, toffee and raisins; smells a bit like a cinnamon roll. Taste is half sweet and half bitter. Almost reminiscent of Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout. Carbonation is medium, body is full; leaves a lingering bitter finish. I am completely blown away by this. I really wasn’t expecting much. A nice surprise! Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2011
12 oz. bottle- Pours almost black with red highlights and a thin tan head, lacework is good. The aroma is dark roasted malts, a little chocolate, maybe some molasses. The taste is rich roasted malts, creamy, chocolate and molasses. The body is medium, a little thin for the style, carbonation is low, but that’s not a bad thing, relatively normal for the style. Overall obviously I have had better impy stouts, but this is better than I was expecting. mbgrayson (822) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - APR 1, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2011 Pours dark brown, with lots of tan head. Aroma is sweet, with dark fruit and chocolate. Taste is way too hoppy. The hops simply overpower the sweet and complex malty taste I expect in an Imperial Stout. This ought to be called something else....Thumbs down....
Well I tried another bottle, and it is completely different. Much maltier, more of a traditional imperial stout. Sweet, complex, and very good. Thumbs up...
I wonder about the inconsistency. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Pours a very dark chestnut brown color that appears almost black in the glass with mahogany edges when held to a light source. Two finger frothy beige head with decent retention, fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.
Roasted malt aroma with a surprising earthy hop presence. Hits of pine, roasted coffee, chocolate, burnt toast and oatmeal.
Surprisingly hop forward for the style. Too much so perhaps resulting in an overly bitter flavor that overpowers the roasted malt profile. Tight carbonation with slight oxidization up front with bitter, earthy pine flavor that dominates throughout into a bone dry finish. Underneath there are subtle hints of roasted coffee bean, chocolate, burnt toast and toffee.