TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nov., 2004 bottling: Virtually opaque black. Big rich-tan bubbles condense into a fine layer of cream. Heavily charred aroma with tar, smoke, richly earthy java, burnt custard, and potting soil. Fairly phenolic. Pleasingly dense in body. Mostly soft and velvety carbonation, yet with a fine tingle of spritz. Opens with a poignant sting of char and a snappy but relaxed phenolic bite. Sneaky java intensity slowly develops an extremely smoky and nutty earthiness and glides down like liquid tar and burnt chocolate fudge. Bittersweet notes of unsweetened cocoa and black chocolate truffles fuse with well managed coffee- and malt-derived acidity to add more layers of depth. Rich java anchors the drier char elements and tugs the palate downward with significant force. Meaty as all get out. Tannic alcohol warms the body and lends dryness, but is otherwise a non-factor. Perceptible nuttiness and roasted grains complement the rounded inky and salmiakki overtones. Finishes with snippets of vinous acidity and ashen malt dryness, but otherwise decidedly punishing and potent with lingering espresso beans bathing in fudge and tar. This is a journey in a bottle. (9/4/8/4/17=4.2)
Draft: Dark brown. Creamy gray-tan foam. Bittersweet aroma of charcoal and coffee. Surprisingly simplistic. Somewhat dense in body, but overly gritty from the nitrogen. Initially nutty with roasted malts and softening hints of coconut milk. Mild buttery espresso flavor cuts the acidity and dryness from the heavily charred coffee character. Bittersweet chocolate center. Gobs of char flavors, ranging from burnt matchsticks to charcoal. Hint of crystallized sugar compounds the firm char. Moderately slick ink flavors. The coffee begs for some malt complexity to curtail its acridness, but it never arrives. Finishes dry and gradually more subdued in its intensity. After judging this from the bottle, where it really sparkles, I see no reason to nitrogenate this. (7/4/7/3/14=3.5)
chucklemation (1503) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2017
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a jet black with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, coffee, toffee, and some dark fruits. Flavor is rich chocolate, bitter roast, and coffee. Well-carbonated with a medium body. Quite good.
beer_queue (87) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like a big ball of chocolate-covered, well-roasted coffee beans! Of course it’s pitch black—it’s called mortal sin for crying out loud! Tastes of dark roast coffee from beginning to end with a powerful, smoky espresso finish. Arrives mostly sweet with dried fruits & chocolates and then moves towards a roasty/smoky end. Dark fruits intensify as it warms up but still subtle compared to the coffee. With time the espresso intensity grows and lingers in the finish. Seriously, the alcohol is masked by all that strong coffee until it warms up. The medium body, dry finish, & absence of carbonation fits this beer perfectly. If you’re into huge, flavorful coffee, then this beer is your dream come true. One criticism, though, is that the dominance of coffee perhaps makes this beer one-dimensional after a few sips.
dakingindanorf (6) - Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2017 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Usually don’t like to let coffee stouts sit around but this has been fridged for a long time. Pleasant, not overpowering coffee nose, pours a touch thin looking. Doesn’t taste it - not overly roasty but bitter, still has a lot of nice coffee flavor. Gonna have to restock on a few of these.
MatChar (22) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2017
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2017 Bottle (batch: 2016-11-07). Appearance: nice, dark black. Light brown, hazelnut head. Smell: espresso, coffee, and more coffee! Roasted malts. Taste: espresso, cacao, fruity, with coffee and hoppy bitterness, surprisingly dry and drinkable. Smooth texture and feel. Overall: an easy drinking, super tasty, coffee imperial stout!
mozbee (12) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2017
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at DDC St-Jerome. It was among the first beers I had from DDC. Being a coffee drinker, I enjoyed this beer very much. It’s a rich strong black beer with that nice coffee taste, quite rich and complex. I just realized with time that I prefer lighter beers. I can appreciate its greatness anyway.
sjogro (3188) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared from bottle at Maakun’s. Black with tan ring head. Sweet roasted choco malts with biggedy papa coffee beans. Nice. Nice. Nice. Coffee. Coffee. Nice. Nice. Medium sweet, light roasty bitter. Over medium body. Nice silky feel. Nice roasty noasty moasty finish.
Maakun (4484) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the US shared at home. Black with short lasting tan head that leaves a ring of fine bubbles. Massive coffee, blackberries, some marzipan, dark chocolate, ash, roasted malts, figs. Super coffee forward but also with soft dark fruits and malts. Over medium sweet and bitter. Full bodied.
Beersiveknown (5113) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at home for 2016 European secret Santa courtesy of V_Duquerroux, cheers Vincent!
One of my big wants, have heard a lot about it. Big full bodied, warming, tonnes of coffee on both nose and palate, rich and roasty, though not massively bitter, fair amount of residual sweetness to balance. The booze isn’t ovefly subtle either. Big and beatly, not doing subtlety well, a bit of an anticlimax after some of their other beers. Had better coffee brews.
bastarda (466) - Freiburg, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
kindly given by Daniel, thanks a lot. Aromas of pocket coffee-sweets, hints of canned Cappuccino, coffee-flavoured chocolate and almost no alcohol fumes. Also almost no alcohol burn present in taste, lots of heavily roasted espresso, coffee bitter finish, quite a thin mouthfeel, this is not a creamy ImpStout. Very straightforward, almost simple composition of a beer.
Bierridder_S (784) - BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11/12/2016 @home - 33cl bottle from a trade with tderoeck.
Thick black with dark brown head. Nose is roast and coffee, licorice. Heavy body. Taste is lots of roast and coffee, but very nice feeling however, some mocha and chocolate, some hops. Nice