kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Draft @ 50/50. Pours a deep, dark chocolate-brown color; small amounts of light at the edges; fine-bubbled, dark brown head with solid lacing. Lots of dark chocolate, raisins, and caramel in the nose; complex, layered, nuanced, and awesome. Full body; medium-high CO2; nice levels of acidity here (this is hugely drinkable); alcohol well integrated; huge levels of milk and dark chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, and even caramel (this really has an enormous amount of complexity without being at all messy); a solid, nutty oiliness does wonders here. It’s been so long since I’ve been impressed by an imperial stout (Black Tuesday is just an embarrassment of alcohol and bad brewing), but this is delicious. Long finish: dark chocolate, licorice, roast; nicely dry ending. DYCSoccer17 (3698) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 5, 2010
4 ounce sample on tap at the brewpub. Aroma has a sweet mocha characteristic with some balancing roastiness present. Reminds me of a chocolate milkshake. Yummy. Nearly opaque black body with a nice brown head that leaves impressive lacing. Sweet, chocolatey malt flavors initially. Has a slight spiciness in the middle before it finishes with lots of nice coffee roastiness. Very smooth and velvety. Fantastic. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Draft at GABF. The base beer for Imperial Eclipse. Pours pitch black with a tan head. Nose is great, very chocolate forward and roasty. Milk chocolate, faint hops and a hint of dark fruit. On taste, the roast keeps this very balanced. Good level of bitterness and lots more of that great chocolate going on. Big and rich, full bodied with a medium dry finish. Fantastic Imperial Stout for sure. sailracer (486) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2011
On tap. Pours a dark brown with little head. Tastes like a pretty traditional imperial stout initially but then has a lingering mocha chocolate aftertaste that is very good. Very smooth. Good overall. Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Aroma of cocoa, vanilla, and slight malt. Pours black with a very light head. Tasted of roast coffee, dark chocolate and sweet vanilla. Very good and very drinkable. Very roasty mouthfeel throughout without tasting like smoke.
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2012
GABF. Pours black with a nice brown head. Big and bold. Lots of molasses, prunes, smooth chocolate and some roast. Flavor is really smooth and delicious. Lots of chocolate, prunes, roast, toasted marshmallows. Great. caesar (7156) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2013
Bottled @ gbbf, medium sample. Dark color, short brown head. Aroma of chocolate chip cookie, roasted malt, hint of sweet honey. Rich flavor that balances the sweetness from the malts and bitterness. Lovely beer. Pyrmir (6098) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2014
Bomber bottle. Near black with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, rum, raisins, bourbon, roasted notes, coffee and alcoholol. Taste is full, dark chocolate, whiskey, alcohol and dried fruits. Really nice beer craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
sample at GABF on 9/20/11. black pour with a sm tan head. sweet chocolate nose with coffee and roasted malts. medium body with more chocolate and coffee layers. sweet and roasted finish with lingering chocolate. excellent Imp. Stout. Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Kicked the keg at Falling Rock in Denver. Man it is silky smooth. Okay, first things first. Dark pour with all kinds of head and lacing. It didn’t smell great, honestly...but I’d hate to see the rating suffer, so I’m giving it a 7 anyway. Dark chocolate, coffee and some sour milk, which strangely did not detract. Hoppy as well...pretty high bitterness. Pretty darned good.