Darkmagus82 (2303) - - NOV 3, 2015
2015 vintage poured from 750 ml bottle into a chalice glass blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2006
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.
RBSG06: Yummy, yummy , yummy. A lovely little malty, black dark ,heavy stout. Sweet and drinkable. I rather liked mtnbrwr (4) - , Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2008 does not count
Pours an opaque black with a fine, brown head. Smoke is apparent in the aroma, as well as dried fruit, and when swirled in the glass, a slight presence of piney, resinous American hops. The mouthfeel is right on, plenty of body without being too thick. The flavor is complex, with chocolate, roasted, fruity and smoky flavors all playing at once. The beer comes on sweet and smoky at first, then finishes with a nice dark malt bitterness in the end. Very nice. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Bottle Courtesy of retorp. Pours a tell-tale deep black with a nice tan head. Nose is coffee, licorice, chocolate, malt, and a whiskey sweetness. Flavor is mellow chocolate, slight coffee bitterness, and some licorice. Finish lingers with coffee and dark chocolate. Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2009
Sampled from 1 litre bottle and shared by Ughsmash. Pours an opaque dark brown (almost black) brew with a creamy tan head that has some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, dark chocolate, a hint of soy sauce, smoked wood and some coffee. Taste is full bodied, with flavors of toasted dark malt, some smoked wood, oak, vanilla, a hint of dark chocolate and coffee. Finish is semi-sweet the a very faint bitterness but more dark malt aftertaste during and after the finish. Two years of aging has done this very good. Most excellent.
dwaggs2 (1298) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle. Poured a jet black color with a creamy tan head. Left some lacing on the side of the glass as it went. Aroma was dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and toffee. Flavor was rich and creamy. Some burnt chocolate, coffee, and roasted flavors coming through. Some bitters in the aftertaste. Medium body, some carbonation. A very rich and complex beer. Very very good. bhensonb (15861) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Bottle from the Coop in Davis, CA. Pours black with a 4-finger really dark tan head. Dark aromas of toast, chocolate and coffee. And smoked pork. Full plus body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is burnt malt, but very smooth. It is smoky. It is woody. It is astringent. It is chocolate. It is coffee. It is damn near anything good. Dark fruits. Espresso. F***in excellent ale. Get it. nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Bottle from AJ’s Via Linda. Pours coffee black with an amber tint around the edges and a gorgeous brown cascading head that leaves plenty of lacing. Smells of leathery hops, figs, and toasted malt. Builds in flavor with added notes of plum, baker’s cocoa, cream, burnt wood, and vanilla. Quite a surprise! I would totally have this again. sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2010
first grand teton offering. pours blacker than black with a head that heads south quickly after the pouring. nose of smokey bonfire and roast and burnt chocolate. taste is heavy roast and smoke with a little dried fruit and a sweet alcohol, like sherry as the brewer states. either way, this is one great imperial stout. robertjm (897) - Albany, California, USA - FEB 4, 2010
"Sounds" thick coming out of the bottle. Pours dark muddy brown head which falls fairly quickly. Dark brown body. Aroma of black pumpernickel bread. Pronounced flavor. Lots of sweetness of caramel, molasses, and brown sugar, rounded off with hops. Rather obscure but there’s an aftertaste of Brazil nuts. (if you’ve had Brazil nuts you know the difference. Definitely ain’t peanuts!!). While there is some thickness to the body, it’s not nearly as thick as something like Bell’s Expedition Stout or Avery Czar. Pretty nice beer!