Palidor19 (3180) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice and strong, lots of flavor of coffee and high caramel flavor, one of the better imperial stouts with great flavors. slightly smokey and lots of cocoa.
BorksBabe (85) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is strong of coffee, smoke, and chocolate. Very dark brown to black with a coffee colored head. The flavor is of coffee, chocolate, burnt malt, and some hops. Very thick on the palate and a coffee aftertaste. Surprise... it’s made with coffee. It’s ok..
nick76 (4396) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma had chocolate, coffee, smoke, and burnt malt. The appearance is black with a tan head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thick. Overall it’s over rated!
Lowe1983 (1570) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a black color with a brown head. Aroma is strong of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, molasses, and caramel. Flavor is pretty strong with coffee at first that gives way to the other roasted flavors of chocolate and molasses. Finishes bitter with not much alcohol warming as I thought there would be.
Slipstream (2566) - USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2008 Another big thank you to Adrian for a bottle of this stuff. Cool, artistic label with a spooky female figure hanging out with a green snake. This has a big, fluffy, tan cap on a pitch-black pour, with lots of lacing. There are coffee grounds, hops, and malt in the sweet aroma. The taste is sweet espresso, spruced up with some hops. Smooth, with coffee flavor continuing into the aftertaste. It hides its 9.5 ABV well. A few sips into it, I start wondering how strong the caffeine and alcohol combination buzz is going to be (since this is made with "real, fair-trade coffee"). It could be a good morning-after drink, althou that is something I do not indulge in. This is "pas de question" recommended to those who like coffee-flavored brews - but it is too one-dimensional to be ranked as high as it is. Don’t bother with a glass - put it in a coffee cup. You could even try adding milk.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown or black with an average sized tan head, that quickly dissapates with minimal lacing. Aroma of roast coffee, chocolate, malt, light booze, and light hops. Taste is similar and a little sweet. Mouth is heavier than average, but not too thick for the style. Overall, a good imperial stout.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
opaque black body with a creamy hot cocoa colored head. insane retention and lots of spotty lacing left behind. the smell of coffee wafts from the glass long before my nose ever gets to it... medium ground dark roast colombian with hints of dark grain and cream. so much coffee that it begins to smell smoky and ashy as well. the flavor is heavy on the coffee as well... along with astringency, rich roasted grain and chocolate. sour finish akin to a really strong cup of coffee (so strong that it starts to hurt your teeth and stomach!). coffee beans, cream and cocoa linger for a while in the aftertaste. incredibly dry on the palate given how rich and robust this smells and tastes. medium body. soft airy carbonation gives it a light mouth feel. parchingly dry. ..
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a frothy tan head. Big spent coffee grain cocoa aroma. Medium body. Strong bitter coffee espresso blackened malt flavors with a lump of sugar. A little too much coffee in this one.
BMan1113VR (7922) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 Vintage. 21st birthday present (among others) from my amazing girlfriend! Pours quite viscously into my Stone Old Guardian Snifter. Huge, tight, creamy, light brown head covering an absolutely pitch black body. Immense rings of lacing left by each sip on the glass. The head remains fully intact throughout the entire expiriance. Intense fresh roast coffee aroma, accompanied by French Vanilla, sweet chocolate, and some smoke. Taste is, wow, amazing if you even remotely like the taste of coffee. Naturally sweetend coffe up front followed by a chocolatey and coffee bitterness, with a light brandy aftertaste. Best tasting cold expresso that I have ever had. Thick, syrupy, mouthcoating mouthfeel, with light, playful bubbles. Alcohol is well hidden. Great stout!
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 V - brown head, light lacing, black viscous
A - strong coffee
T - dark espresso
P - solid, befitting an imperial stout