Cybion (186) - Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle, 12 FL OZ. Pours jet black with a thin layer of dark tan head, leaving significant lazing in it’s wake. Sweet, bready malts make up the majority of the aroma, backed up by cereal, some dark fruits, muscavado sugar, and caramel. Malt character in the aroma seems less roasted or burned than expected for an imperial stout. Malts much more roasted/burned in the taste and continue to dominate, this time backed up by (very) dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, wholemeal bread, salted caramel, with some liquorice and hints of hoppy bitterness on the finish. This is a very bitter one in general, from both the burned malts and dark chocolate as well as the finishing hops. Texture is rather oily, body is full yet moderate carbonation means this is less smooth than it could be, and the carbonation itself seems possibly artificial. Alcohol is as warming as expected of a 10%, but not detectable on either the nose or the tounge. Well-made, enjoyable imperial stout, but I’ve certainly had better. Ed5388 (3448) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2014
12oz bottle shared by Dan P. In White Castle parking lot. Poured into clear solo cup. Poured black with a thick creamy brownish tan head. Aroma and taste mimicked each other with notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, cardboard, spice, and lots of earthyness. tom10101 (6032) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle (330 ml). Black with a small brown head and little lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, liquorice, caramel, light spiciness and hints of soy sauce. Taste is sweet (almost cloying) with an heavy roasted malt presence, liquorice, some spiciness, minty notes and alcohol. Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Lingering spicy finish. Aroma is quite nice, but the taste is a little cloying and the mouthfeel isn’t anywhere near what is expected from the best of the style. Lack of balance. GenDV138 (7201) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Black with nice brown head. Decent spotty lacing. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, nutty and toasty notes, roast, coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate, roast, vanilla, coffee, toasty notes. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation. Pretty good. Bootlegger007 (113) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2014
Black with a thick creamy head, aromas of toasted malts, smooth thick body awesome flavour with a lingering bitter aftertaste, sensational stout, am looking forward to blending the Yin & Yang to try the Black & Tan.
944play (415) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Draft at Local Beer Eureka. Black, brown highlights, and scant tiny tan bubbles. Coffee, chocolate, and malty richness emanate. Licorice and tar are forward, herb and seltzer are recedent. Pretty thin and lacking lubricity. Admirably clean ferment hides the prodigious ABV. SG111 (1747) - New York, USA - AUG 29, 2014
On tap. Pitch black, no head. Aroma is lots of dark chocolate. Flavor is rich dark chocolate with coffee bitterness. Mouth feel is perfect. A little syrupy but not overly rich. Mjp12 (1801) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Pours thick black, with an off white head. Coffee and chocolate dominate the flavour, and it feels luxurious in the mouth. Thisis12ptfont (1172) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Aroma of coffee, mocha, espresso, roasted malts and caramel. Appears black with a thin tan foam. Taste follows nose as it is very coffee/espresso forward in flavor. Dry roasted malts, subtle cocoa, earth and burnt caramel notes mid palate. Finish is more dryness and subtle booze. Overall, a decent Imperial Stout. Not a whole lot special about it. superspak (5500) - Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/23/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, toast, dark bread, light char/smoke, herbal, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate earthy/piney hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, light char/smoke, pine, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, light char, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate earthy/piney hop flavors; with a great roasted malt/hop bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate earthy/piney hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.