MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2010
Tasting thanks to cpetrone84 (BA)! Thanks Chris.Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2010
Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Nose of graham cracker, faint alcohol, and a large cocoa element, very bitter and woody. Flavor continues the cocoa dominance, some roast elements, and a faint, green hop that tingles in the corner of my mouth. Sticky body is long in cocoa bitterness. Better and more unique than I thought it would be. Not world beating, but definitely worth the effort.
It pours an opaque black with a huge, brown head. The nose is loaded with coffee, chocolate, and molasses. The taste is decadent with rich coffee and chocolate notes, a bit of earthiness, sweet dark fruits, and a hint of molasses. Rich body leads to a lasting coffee finish. Overall an excellent beer that is certainly worth seeking out and trying, but it is just shy of being as good as the top examples of the style. Still, I am very glad I tried it and would happily have it again. tgncc (3144) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2010
From trade with KButler1. The aroma is much more coffee/espresso upfront. Some chocolate, dark ripe fruits, brown sugar. The appearance is brown/black, small tan head. The flavor is more chocolate, roasted coffee, again some fruit flavors. The finish was roasty/bitter, piney hops. Medium thick in body, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice. Thanks, Kevin. jtclockwork (17634) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2010
UPDATED: APR 23, 2015 Bottle with many thanks to decaturstevo. Wow! This one rivals for the best beer I’ve had. Definitely in the top 3! Pours thick black with tan head. Good lacing. Nose is cocoa nibs, chocolate, bourbon, espresso, coffee, toffee and lots of other goodness. Taste is similar flavors. The cocoa nibs really shine. A tad sticky, but that doesn’t distract from this overall masterpiece. 4.9
Rerated: 3.9 drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
growler from DLD, thanks ohiodad for this sample. after having a growler break on me in a trade i was very happy to finally try this. pours pitch black with tan head. nose of chocolate, roast, coffee, licorice, and dark fruits. flavor of roasty chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. i enjoyed this but i can’t figure out why isn’t so highly rated. seemed like a solid but sorta normal imperial stout. i’ll have to re-rate someday.
awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2007
From a Handbottle. Generously shared by Chris at the Woodshop II Tasting. Dark brown, blackish colored pour with edges of tannic ruby and a creamy layer of beige head. Lots of chocolate in the nose, along with some Tahitian vanilla bean and a little bit of husky, woody coconut. A little wisp of grassy hops adds a subtle herbal quality to a nose that’s otherwise dominated by dryish chocolatey malts. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel with a nice chewy body. Starts out with a little bit of sweet, dark malts that remind me of raw brown sugar that’s borderline molasses, but that is about the extent of any dark "fruity" qualities the flavor has. Not nearly as much chocolate as present in the nose, but that’s a good thing, as there seems to be more layers of flavor than layers of aroma, where the chocolate was quite dominant. After the sweeter, molasses flavors fade, a wave of chewy dark fudge takes over the palate, dried up by some bitter roast coffee. Finishes dry and roasty, with some bitter minty and pine hops lingering. Quite good overall, but not a stylistic standout according to my tastes. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Pours an opaque black with a dark brown head. Aroma is malty, chocolate, a hint of dark fruit. Flavor is malty, chocolate, roasted malts, with a hint of dark fruit.
2/2/08: draft at brew pub
Pours almost black color with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, some fruit, . Flavor is malty, chocolate, roast, and a bitter is floral finish. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2007
From the DLD growler and enjoyed while waiting in line, THX OhioDad for a chance to taste this: Nearly opaque with bronze highlights produced a small beige head and good lace. The aroma is full of chocolate as expected along with a fair amount of smoke, molasses, clove and a note of grassy herbal hop. The taste profile displays heavy malty character of mocha, smoke, and an almost meaty tone. Some quick hits of herbal and coffee bitterness is found towards the finish. The mouth feel is lush and smooth with a noticeable warming in the end. While very nicely done it is not top 50 or even 100 in my book. badgerben (5378) - 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. 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.