debianlinux (10) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2008
A unique chocolate stout. This is like some kids imaginative dream of what a truly dark stout can live up to. Bottles sold out the first day they were available. I’ll keep dropping by the brewery for pulls till they run dry. There simply isn’t another chocolate stout that runs in this class. StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2009 Pours black with a big thick tan and frothy head. This brew is big and bold, powerful in every way. Tastes like chocolate, molasses, and toffee. Hint of coffee on the after taste. Very very creamy, and with no real hint of the 10% alcohol in it. Just incredibly solid all around. Every time you smell or taste it, you get a different combination of aroma and flavors, this beer is ever changing. No two sips are quite the same, but they are all delicious. Maybe the perfect chocolate beer. I’d still take Young’s over this one, but by a very thin margin. Foothills needs to release this one in a lot more than just 500 bottles next year. Everyone should get to try this one at least once. Big thanks for mcferc for this one, he did me a HUGE favor in trading this one to me, and I’ll never forget it! ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Blind Imperial Stout Tasting. Black body with a tiny tan head. The nose is heavy with green apple, chocolate, roast and molasses. The flavor is moderately sweet, very little bitterness with acidic coffee, green apple and roast. Medium/full body is thinnish with moderate carbonation. Just a mess of a beer. sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2008
[Bottle--huge thank you, Eben, for saving some of this for me!] Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is light toasted malt, cocoa, very light alcohol, a small bit of sweetness at times that I think was brown sugar, and something that tasted a little like hazelnut. The taste was sweet up front, then the toasted malt and cocoa took over before a deeper charred taste and chocolate finish. Medium mouthfeel and slightly dry on the tongue. The finish was quite long. A very enjoyable beer, but I don’t think it can stand up to many imperial stouts that I have had. Skyview (6021) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Sampled at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, Minnesota and shared by Stine. From a 22-oz bomber (bottle 370/500) pours an opaque dark brown brew with a fast dissolving brown head that dissipates to a thin light tan ring and film top. Aroma of roasted dark malt, plenty of dark rich chocolate, dark cherries, and a touch of molasses. Taste is quite smooth, full bodied, with flavors of mostly dark chocolate, dark pitted fruits, some roasted dark malt, light flowery hops, a touch of candi sugar. Finish remains the dark chocolate aftertaste flavor with a flowery hop and dark malt character that lingers after the finish. Best brew of the evening.
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Beer 3 of Officially the Best Thursday in Beer ever in the existence of my life. Bomber brought by Deftim13 and Tim you are so super awesome setting up a mini Imperial Stout tasting it was pretty damn awesome and as I said I owe you dude. Pours black with a big 2 finger light brown head. Nose is light and roasty and pretty tasty. Its certainly tasty and the taste is nice and chocolaty, but as Tim says it is pretty 1 dimensional. Its chewy chocolaty and pretty much great on that dimension but lack anything else in its taste its good, but I kinda think that Santa’s little helper from PP is better. crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Black pour, faint beige head. Aroma is chocolate, straight hersheys. Flavor is dry, chocolate, some espresso. Hoppy aftertaste, citrus hops, creamy yet bitter. Bittersweet chocolate, some caramel and a bit more coffee. Dry mouthfeel, bitter coffee, hoppy and a little chalky aftertaste.It’s good but I’m glad I didn’t buy into the hype, nothing seperates this from other imperial stouts. badgerben (5171) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Many thanks to Stine for sharing this one. Black color with no head. Aroma of vanilla and a bit of oak. Bitter chocolate, roasted barley and a little coffee. Some piney hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Good and so easy to drink, but nothing incredibly outstanding. KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Thanks Eben! This was great. Dark, rich, thick brown pour with a tan head. With roasted malt and sweet chocolate. The flavor is amazing. Smooth mouth feel. Sweet chocolate, some citrus hops, and dark fruit. Stine (1780) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Poured from 22 oz. bottle 370/500, with thanks to Pete. Velvety black pour skinned with tanned marshmallow yellow. Aroma is distinctly bright with sweetness of dark toffee and molasses; underneath, prune and red licorice glazed in quiet milk chocolate. Slightly watery and very understated. Flavor is mildly medicinal, but not alcoholic, defined by black cherries, citrus, cocoa, heather honey and candy sugar. Very light hearted sweetness in general, showing a soft, careful chocolate presence throughout; purportedly massive hop contributions shine through only with the juicy fruit acids that slowly and consistently soak into the thick foundation of malt, and recall the bright tones of deep roasted latin american coffees in that exchange. Palate is slightly watery, but reasonably syrupy, and very smooth. Finishes with dried out chocolate, some hazelnut and the plastic texture of raw, bottom shelf espresso. Far from being compelling or especially memorable, this is still pretty flawless and very easy to drink.