pictoman (1185) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 21, 2017 DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer extract? Beer syrup? What is with Imperial stout, and why are otherwise sensible beer drinkers raving about it? What is the history of Imperial stout? Wasn’t it called RUSSIAN Imperial stout, and don’t the Russians also drink sterno and jet fuel?
Was it not created as a preservable brew that can withstand adverse conditions and sit endlessly in the hold of a ship? Sorta like astronaut food, eh…? Does anyone actually crave astronaut food when they’re not floating in outer space? Should I drink this stuff or keep it on my condiment shelf and use it as a flavoring agent, gravy thickener, and conversation piece?
I understand that beer fanatics, just like gourmets and oenophiles, become bored with familiar tastes and are continually craving something different, but I wonder if a line is being crossed when beer becomes a thick, black, nearly uncarbonated syrup.
Dogfish Head specializes in breaking the mold, shocking the bored, delighting the prurient cravings of beer fanatics.
So, anyway, I had the bottle sitting around for months. I looked at it once in awhile, held it in my hand and examined the label…read a few reviews, here and there - always ravingly positive. Finally opened the damn thing.
It pours espresso black. Bready, doughy aromas with coffee, dried cherries, chocolate and some whiskeyish notes. Mild hop presence.
Sweet flavored and syrupy - but with a nice mouthfeel, gently carbonated. Lotsa coffee and burnt toast, licorice accents and some alcohol burn.
Finishes bitter and somehow clean, despite the massive flavor which has preceded.
Makes a nice, after dinner sipping drink, though 12 ozs is too much of such a sweet beverage. Very warming.
Poured from 12 fl oz bottle. Black with dissipating tan head. Roast malt with alcohol, mild chocolate and coffee, hint of soy and leather. Booziness doesn't show the full 18%, but it's still noticeable enough that it takes away from the flavour in a significant enough way to lower its rating. Ronritter (874) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2017
on tap black pour thin brown head aroma and taste is sweet dark chocolate and vanilla light roasted malt and licorice finish oobawa (1659) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 13, 2017
Bottled on 11/16. Delicious massive stout, equal parts sweet and roasted and bitter and boozy, oil-thick and ridiculously drinkable for an 18% monster. Loads of bittersweet chocolate and mocha underlined by a formidable roasted barley backbone, mixing with a surprising Belgian fruitiness--figs, cherries, dates, etc.--and a underlying hop bitterness, piney and strong. Liquor warmth shows up on the fade, but not nearly as present as you'd expect. Big chocolate-java impy stout nose, and the pours pitch black and heavy as hell. Lovely, lovely stout. bonev (957) - POLAND - AUG 31, 2017
Piwo czane nalewa sie bez mala iloscia lekko bezowej piany. W aromacie alkohol, czekolada i mdly marcepan za ktorym nie przepadam. W smaku jak slodki czekoladowy likier i kukulki. Alkohol jest bardzo intensywnie odczuwalny pomimo tego to piwo to klasa sama w sobie. 05barnold (44) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2017
From the tap at the brewery in DE. This beer is fantastic. Aroma of coffee. Flavor of coffee and vanilla. This beer was dangerously smooth and drinkable for the ABV rating. Great beer to end the tour with.
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mateuszk (2757) - Poznań, POLAND - JUL 28, 2017
Bottle. Chocolate, roastiness, booze, wet wood in aroma. In taste also prunes and cocoa. Full bodied, softly carbonated, silky smooth but with harsh boozy finish. trapped (3484) - New York, TURKEY - JUL 8, 2017
Draught @ Top Hops. Inky black with small frothy off-white head, aroma of mocha, molasses, oak, and liquor, medium carbonation, sweetish woodsy mocha taste with alcohol undertones, smooth body, long mocha finish. Incredibly well covered alcohol content, so smooth and easy to drink. ffaoe (874) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2017
strong malty, chocolatly, roasted barley, and faint coffee aromas. pitch black in color with huge long lasting brown head. taste is of rich dark malts, strong chocolate notes, lesser roasted barley and coffee notes. some booziness present. dzudohonor (263) - POLAND - JUN 21, 2017
W nosie lukrecja, migdały, karmel, likier czekoladowo - wiśniowy, czuć troszeczkę alkohol wwiercający się lekko w nos, nie powinno to jednak dziwić przy tym woltażu, ale troszkę z obawami przystąpiłem do spróbowania - smak: pierwsze co mi się rzuciło na język to właśnie lukrecja, nuty marcepanu i czekolady, likierowate, słodkie, liczyłem jednak na więcej ciała, alkohol nie szczypie w język, ale już konkretnie pali w przełyku i raczej tak nie do końca przyjemnie, tak jakby lekko spirolem dawało, taka nie duża łyżka dziegdziu na koniec. Cholera nie zawiodłem się mocno, ale też dupy nie urwało. Luvystypotables (2041) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2017
A rich malt and bourbon aroma, pours a dark black color with a thin tan head. A thick full bodied feel, tastes of bourbon and malt with notes of raisins. A boozy bourbon finish.