Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Thanks to Connie for the bomber, Batch #2. Poured deep, but not super deep brown with a tall, well-retained, creamy beige head. The aroma picked up sweet and slightly smoky whiskey, coffee, and vanilla, with a layer of cocoa and some soapy hops not far behind.. this kept going back to the coffee, and I’m not one to complain about that. The flavor opened with tangy oak and peppery whiskey, then went straight to fresh, well-roasted and mighty tasty coffee.. cocoa and vanilla were complementary, and stayed in the background for the most part.. back to roasty coffee and whiskey plus a deep-rooted alcohol warmth on the long finish.. an odd malty character showed right at the end, and knocked the score down 0.1. Heavier-bodied with higher, rolling carbonation on the palate.. the carbo kept it moving well through the mouth.. delicious stuff! GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Pours dark mahogany out of the bottle but settles in close to black in the glass with a modest but thick tan head.
Man does this smell good, at least for a coffee lover like me. It’s full of freshly roasted coffee beans. Some bitter chocolate and heavily roasted malts underneath, but the coffee is dominant in the nose.
Taste is like a big iced mocha. The chocolate is subtle in the nose but not in the taste where the chocolate is right up there with the roasted coffee. Roasted malts and some lactose creaminess. Wonderful taste.
The mouthfeel is much thicker and creamier than I was expecting from the pour. It’s right up there with the big boys in terms of feel.
I’m reviewing this beer as a coffee lover and, because of that, it’s an outstanding beer. One of the better coffee impy stouts I’ve had. Even if you’re not a coffee fan, you should try this, but if you like coffee stouts, get this. Now. kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with small but creamy head, Aroma of coffee grabs you immediately. Taste is coffee, chocolate and sweet brown bread. One of the best coffee stouts I’ve had. Mortlach (2467) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 17, 2012
16/03/2012 750ml bottle, shared by nbutler11 (thanks Nick!). Nera come la pece, riflessi caffé, densa, impenetrabile, schiuma color cappuccino, straordinariamente persistente. Aroma intenso di caffè e vaniglia, molto potente e deciso. In bocca caffè, tanto caffè, lungo e persistente, con note di cacao in polvere. Ricorda la Mout&Mocca di De Molen, ma sembra bilanciata meglio. Corpo medio-pieno, carbonazione corretta. Complimenti, una gran bella birra! ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Aroma: lots of fresh coffee, roast malts, chocolate, slightly ashy, nice touch of bourbon. Pours black, mostly opaque, nice brown head with great retention, leaves some lacing. Flavor follows the nose - chocolate and espresso, hints of vanilla and oak, dark roast malts, caramel, robust bitterness to balance the malts, pleasant bourbon notes, alcohol is pretty well hidden. Full body, medium carbonation. Really enjoyed this brew.
robertjm (893) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 23, 2012
(trade w/Douglas88) Release #2 - Frothy tan head. About one finger. Lasted a bit till it died. Wonderful bitter chocolate aroma. Black body. REALLY thick body. Flavors of black coffee, chocolate and molasses. Big coffee bitterness that lingers on the palate. Big of warming on the tongue a minute, or so, after drinking. Pretty intense brew! If I were to try and improve it, I guess I’d wish it had a bit more residual sweetness. brokensail (16609) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
The beer pours black in color with a finger of tan head. There is a huge coffee aroma to this. Quite a bit of oak with just a mild vanilla note. Some nice bourbon to go with roasted malt and brown sugar. The flavor has a touch of licorice and molasses to go with vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. Really solid mouthfeel as well. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2012
This was release 4, a meek 11.1% of a beer. Pours black, with a slight, but lasting tan head. Aroma starts off heavy coffee, but as it warms, it melds into an interesting mix of dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, and faint booze. The flavor is initially chocolate and vanilla, moving into espresso liquor, more vanilla, and then a warming, woody and bourbon finish. Surprisingly not rough. Perhaps it is because I haven’t really had one in a long time, but this is striking me as a top notch coffee imperial stout, with the barrel treatment done just the way I like it - present, but just adding a note to the beer as opposed to overwhelming it. Full bodied and yummy. JStax (7075) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a brandy snifter. Appearance is a dark, dense black with a thick khaki colored head of foam. The aroma is very dense coffee. That’s really about all there is to the aroma. The taste is intense, dark roasted coffee with perhaps a touch of chocolate sweetness going on. The bourbon barrel was very muted in this beer, pretty much exactly how I like it. It played more of a secondary or tertiary role in the beer, and I can’t think of a better place for it. Very tasty. Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2012
On tap at Uber Tavern. Pours black with a finger of tan head. Smell is awesome, strong coffee and a bit of nuttiness. Taste is smooth coffee roast, bitter the whole way through. Very nice beer, masks the alcohol very well, wish there was more chance to try this.