hershiser2 (3245) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2017 Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to Jake for his incredible generosity! I’m really greatful for the opportunity to even try this.
Number 183 of 600. Vintage 2009.
Pours a bit lighter than I was expecting for an imperial stout of this caliber. Beautiful head however quickly made me forget the previous. Quite a bit of hop aroma wafting up from my snifter. Had to dig quite a bit to find some bits of chocolate. Really pretty shocked at the amount of IBU’s, but I guess it’s a requirement considering the ABV and balance needed. Plus, this is a pretty young bottle.
Really surprised at the flavour. Right off the bat my palate is hit with a huge amount of tannins, acidity and bitterness from the hops. A small amount of chocolate makes its appearance after this initial wave, but only for a brief moment. After this second surge, a light amount of fusels take over followed by some additional acidity. The palate finishes dry with little lingering character. After the bottle has a chance to breath for awhile, the cocoa comes through a little clearer as does the molasses.
I guess I could chaulk some of this up to the fresh nature of this bottle. There were some raw notes in here, but overall I question how well this might actually age and if the acidity and tannins would mellow all that much over time to a point that the flavour is enhanced. Either way, if you have a bottle I would certainly hold onto it for a good year and try it at that point. Overall, I gotta say I’m perplexed at the hype this receives and really wonder if it’s just a variation in the batch or something else.
Tap at Sedona. Pours black, looks thick, brown head. Absolutely wonderful aroma of smoked peat, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is on par with the nose. Damn. Smoked peat, chocolate, sweet caramel, light fruity notes. The peat lingers throughout which is nice, and there’s little bitterness. This is one of the best beers I’ve had in awhile, and I just tried two others that were outstanding. Damn. unclefrito62 (277) - Stow, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2017
10 ounce sniffer glass at Flying Saucer Charlotte N.C. on vacation. Smell of chocolate and malt. Pitch black in color. Little bit of beiges head with film on glass. 2017 edition of this wonderful beer. taste malt and chocolate Pretty smooth with just a tab bit of an alcohol after bite.9.6 in alcohol. Overall this is a really nice stout geologyguy (1602) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2017 Good smell of roasted malt and fruit with good complexity...more bitter than I would like...retains throughout... complexity there but overwhelmed by bitterness..would be much better if not so bitter...heavy liquorice as it warms...with light cherry cough syrup... VERY rough when warm italianjohn (3139) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Black pour with a thin off white head and lots of sticky lacing .... aroma of molasses, dark fruit, tobacco, cocoa and coffee ... taste is molasses, tobacco, dry cocoa, espresso, licorice, dark fruity yeast, semi sweet chocolate and roasted malts .... finish has dry cocoa, espresso, and tobacco ... abv hidden well ..... mouthfeel is slick and oily ... body is medium .... sessionable HourGlass13 (909) - North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2017
Pours black with a tan head. The aroma has lots of chocolate, roasted malt, slight coffee and vanilla. Taste follows, with big milk chocolate dominating, mild coffee, and some mild caramel beneath. Long, slightly bitter finish. As far as chocolate imperial stouts go, this one is up there! Very nice
mike5326 (1754) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2017
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, medium tan head. Smoky malt aroma. Full body with a hickory chocolate malt flavor and a nice finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone JBPortland (1543) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2017
22oz bottle pours inky black brown with two finger tan head. Nose and taste have big licorice, molasses, dusty dark bitter cocoa, baker’s chocolate, not very sweet, dark fruity finish with nice mouthfeel and some dryness on the finish. Solid. Not worth $18 22oz though. Luvystypotables (1967) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2017
Aroma of chocolate with notes of Nestles Quick. Dark Brown with a lasting tan head with nice lacing. Taste of chocolate and molasses with a full bodied oily feel and a bitter dark chocolate finish. tsd08460 (1167) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2017
Bomber from Total Wine Gainesville
Aroma: roasty, chocolate, coffee, molasses
Appearance: black with a brown head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
Delicious UNCCTF (584) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2017
On tap at the brewpub. Everything about this beer screams roasted chocolate - drinks really easily for a 10% abv. Lives up to the hype.