Aquilo (661) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Pours pitch black, and I got a pretty good head on it. Aroma is chocolate, espresso, and a little bit of dried fruit, cherries. Flavor full and complex, yet mellow, something that American imperial stouts often lack. It is quite bitter, and the coffee really comes through in the finish. I think I can even taste the vanilla. Very smooth, just a pleasure to drink. I definitely think this one is underrated. virtuosovii (103) - California, USA - APR 19, 2010
This was a little better than I expected. It was your typical yet good imperial stout. Chocolate and coffee tones were as present as they should be. It was a pretty low alcohol percentage considering it tasted the same as some of the higher alcohol imperial stouts. Had a slight soy sauce aroma/taste which was one of the only turn offs. A little bit of a leathery flavor. Overall I enjoyed this beer and i have no regrets buying it OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Poured a jet black. Nice roasty malt aroma. The taste had somewhat of a prunish-cherry taste to it. Very nice palate, smooth. Strong alcohol finish. Very good, i would like to try the bourbon black cauldron. This could be the best thing to come out of Wyoming since Chris LeDoux. Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 14, 2011
Super black. You can hold this beer up to the light and you’ll effectively see nothing but black in your glass. A thin mocha head covers this beer and then buggers off unceremoniously. Aromas of raisins, red wine, chocolate, charcoal, burnt toast and caramel. Almost full marks for aroma, it’s that good. This is a big, big beer.
Big and viscous, thick and charry. Port, chocolate, lovely dark chocolate bitterness, sultanas, christmas cake spices, grapes, good mouthfeel. This is a big, beautiful beer and a classic. I’m going to buy another and age it and see what it does. Just shows what beer can be. bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.
Appearance: Jet black with thin tan head and light lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate and molasses is predominate with nice nuances of coffee and smoke.
Taste: Very chocolaty, with nice layers of molasses, coffee, and a general smokiness. A slight level of English hop bitterness rounds out the flavor.
Palate: Low carbonation, smooth and full body, nice dry finish.
Overall: More than solid Russian Imperial Stout with an emphasis on chocolate and simple balance. Pleasantly surprised by this.
thetmaxx (927) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Aroma has dark fruit, chocolate, and roast. Flavora also shows dark fruit and chocolate. This beer actually has a good depth of complexity. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Wow! Now this is a great Christmas gift.
Beautiful motor oil pour with a big coffee, roast, hop and chocolate aroma.
Flavors match the incredible aroma , but with a raisin,wood and smoke finish. MAGNIFICENT! CousinBrenden (131) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Tons of flavor of plum toffee coffee and aroma to match. Sit by fire and enjoy. Bottle conditioned so lively carbonation and wonderful presence! megabeergulper (15) - California, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Dark and well balanced. Good imperial stout. Good coffee and vanilla notes. Clean finish Darkmagus82 (2303) - - NOV 3, 2015
2015 vintage poured from 750 ml bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head of the brew has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heavy of a dark and roasted malt smell with tons of coffee and a good strong showing of aromas of chocolate and a raisin. Along with these aromas comes some lighter notes of licorice and vanilla as well as a little bit of a toasted wheat bread smell and some light vanilla.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasty and toasted malt flavor with a decent showing of a chocolate and lightly molasses sweetened expresso taste. As the taste advances, it ends up getting slightly sweeter as more molasses and chocolate, as well as a hint of sweet crème, vanilla and some raisin come to the tongue. All the while however, the sweetness is balanced by some char and an almost grainy like taste. Some boozy tastes of bourbon come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste, and with a slight increase in the sweet, end up leaving one with a dark and roasty, warming taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the rather thick and chewy side with a creamy texture and a lighter carbonation. These feels are fantastic for the rich dark, roasty, and lightly sweet and boozy tastes of the brew and make for a very pleasant slow sipping beer; accentuating all the rich tastes of the brew very nicely.
Overall – This is a very nice imperial stout overall. Not overly sweet, but very much sweet enough. It has a great roastiness and a fantastic feel, which overall creates a mouth coating, rich and roasty feel.