Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Poured nearly black into a snifter. Not quite viscous. The head was tan and offered up some lacing. The aroma was as much coffee as I can remember in a beer. Like Breakfast Stout without the chocolate. Like Juan Valdez’s nutsack. The flavor was coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and some dry hoppiness. Nice thick mouthfeel and a succinct finish. Very good, just kind of one dimensional. HalifaxNick (4) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 13, 2008 does not count
Pours coal black into a pint sleeve. Thick rocky head lasts long and laces the glass.
Aroma of coffee really comes through.
Excellent example of imperial, This stuff is royal. Full bodied imperial stout flavor and a glass of espresso to boot! Beautiful beer. Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2008
12 oz bottle at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Black color. Good strong coffee aroma with balancing sweetness. Strong coffeish and chocolatey flavor with bittersweet finish. Good rich coffee flavor but the downside is the lack of complexity. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2009 12 oz bottle from Secret Santa (sprinkle). Pours an opaque black color with an ample tan head that has good retention. The aroma is rich with coffee and spices. The flavor is similarly rich with espresso, coffee and spices. The mouthfeel is smooth, full and creamy. The finish is long with lingering black coffee. Overall: This is a great stout, God I wish I could get more. This is great. Thanks Mike. Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Black Pour, with a healthy tan head, good lacing. Heavy dark bitter coffee bean and roasted malt aromas. Mouthfeel is creamy and roasted coffee abounds. Not Overly complex, but the facets of this beer are so carefully balanced that it is difficult to find fault.
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2009 Damn I love this beer. Smells like freshly ground coffee and molasses. Pours black with a lasting tan head. Very strong, bitter, grainy coffee flavor with hints of sweet vanilla. Smooth, creamy mouth feel. No hint of alcohol whatsoever - very smooth, enjoyable and drinkable. Possibly the best beer I’ve ever had. kubilai (111) - , Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
Great discovery. Aroma of black chocolate and expresso coffey. Black color with nice light brown foam. Flavor of coffee as well with a bit of ashes in the palate. Very nice IS. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 8, 2008
12 oz bottle - Pours an opaque black color with medium sized light brown head. Aroma is full of cold pressed roasted coffee, fair amount of dark roasted cocao beans, hint of vanilla, oak chips, chalk, bit of ash. Flavor has loads of dark roasted coffee, some ash, bit of vanilla bean, with a fair amount of bitter malts in the finish and a touch of hop bitterness. Overall very nice, a bit too much coffee for me, but still a great IS. masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Poured black with a great big tan head. Aroma was huge coffee, cream and some vanilla. Taste delivers on the coffee as well, with still more cream to round it out a bit, roastiness with good bitterness to balance the sweetness. This was a nice beer, but not crazy complex, and nothing much to seperate it from the rest of the pack. ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2008
One: I’m not really a fan of coffee. I can appreciate it, but it’s not me beverage of choice.
Two: I’m REALLY not a fan of burnt coffee, and this beer was full of almost nothing but. Smelled burnt, tasted burnt, left a big bad bitter aftertaste that lingered forever. I give it kudos for effort, but unless bad 7-11 coffee is your thing, there are definitely better Imperial Stouts to be had.