MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle. Thick and dark brown body, thin creamy head that dies quickly and aromas of bananas, chocolate and a little peat. Flavor is heavy with the banana flavor up front and late in the finish with chocolate, vanilla and a little peat in the mid-section. Not bad, but not great. scarletfire65 (1466) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
UPDATED: APR 20, 2012 Shared with John before the Furthur show. Jet black, big mocha head. Full of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, sherry, toasted malt flavors and aroma. Super smooth palate, really creamy. Nisse666 (7433) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2012
Bottle from SB cons 2012-04-13 Göteborg
Ar: chocolate, coffey, vanilla beans
Ap: dark dark brown, high frothy brown rockey head
F: bitter coffey, chocolate, vanilla fudge, clear roasted malt, bourbone barrells r464 (2360) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2012
Dark with a brownish tan head. Roasty and toasty with malty tastes coupled with a bit of coffee. Nice full and crisp finish. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
A: Pours the typical pitch black colored body expected from a stout. Putting this bad boy up to the light yields none of it coming through. The tan colored head is a little disappointing, only two fingers with lowish retention/lacing, but it’s no big deal.
S: There’s some coffee, and good coffee too - but it’s a little mild in its strength. I do smell some chocolate, as well.
T: The strongest flavor here isn’t coffee - it’s licorice. Notes of chocolate, roast, a hint of hops, and the tiniest amount of booze also exist; oh yeah, there’s some coffee, too. As a straight-up imperial stout, this is excellent, if somewhat unbalanced favoring the licorice. As a coffee stout, it falls short. It needs some more coffee character to counteract the roast and licorice; they could support it easily without upsetting the balance.
M: A little thin bodied, but it’s super creamy with low carbonation. The finish isn’t as dry as I expected (definitely not as dry as Founders Breakfast Stout), yet I still get some of the coffee texture on the tongue, so extra brownie points for that.
O: All in all, solid. Unfortunately, solid doesn’t quite cut it next to Founders Breakfast Stout, as it lacks its immense drinkability and character. I hate to make the comparison, but given the quality of FBS, it’s hard not to, unfortunately. Still, I’d definitely give it another try.
kryon (3554) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2012
Pours dark with no head. A bit carbonate pops up which is not that usual for an imperial stout.
Aromas of oak coffee liqourice and some pepper
Palate is too mild slightly bitter it has sweet tastrs of coffee and some chocolate. An ok imperial stout caesar (7161) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2012
Bottled @ home. Dark color, medium lasting brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, biscuit, chocolat, roasted coffee. Creamy texture. Bit sweet, fairly bitter, roasted coffee. Bit dry finish. Decent coffee stout. hackobock (4029) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours black with a brownish dense fast disappearing head. Mainly coffee in the aroma but also roasted malt and alcohol.Taste is quite sweet with a very mild bitterness to it. Medium body and carbonation. Thisis12ptfont (1193) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 8, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2015 Aromas of odd roasted coffee, roasted malts, dark malt extract, malt funk, raisins and toffee. Pours black with a thin tan foam and no lace. Taste is funky coffee, espresso bean, off chocolate, roasted dark malts, metallic malts, brown malts, raisin, toffee and some mocha funk. Finishes moderately dry with residual coffee oils, espresso oils and malt funk. Overall, nothing too impressive. Off dark malt funk overtones. Ktwse (4894) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
Pours black, basically, with a small tan head. Aroma is surprisingly mellow, with roasted malt, chocolate and some coffee. A hint of vanilla. I’d say the chocolate stands out more than the coffee despite its name. Taste is quite balanced, towards the sweet side up front, again with more vanilla, brown sugar and chocolate (not the very dark bitter variety). With time, more of the coffee and the dark chocolate comes through and the medium finish oozes of espresso and bitter chocolate. However, it’s all over too soon. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy but overall the beer is a little too balanced for its own good. I tend to prefer my imperial stouts more bitter (e.g. Bells Expedition Stout), but I can appreciate the sweeter ones for what they are (e.g. Goose Island Bourbon County). This one, unfortunately, ends up in the middle and doesn’t really stand out in any area. It’s still a very good beer. Just not spectacular.