arminjewell (9672) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2012
2008 bottle pour, thanks to Josh for the pour! Dark black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of chocolate, sweet fruity notes, hints of slightly acidic oak, nice roast, slight coffee but fairly subdued, slight oxidation and papery notes. Taste is a mix of sweet fruity notes, hints of caramel, chocolate, touch of coffee but really subdued. Some slight roasted notes as well. Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2012
Originally reviewed: 9/29/09. Pretty pumped to see a few bottles of this left on the shelf. Poured into my tulip glass. Pours a thick dirty oil-black with a thin tan head on top. Retention is weak, and there is no lacing present. Smells of dark fruits, hints of chocolate, and some mild roasted characters. This isn’t as roasty as I thought it would be. Smells more sweet than anything.
The mouth is creamy and smooth. Carbonation level is moderate. Slight astringent bite on the finish, but nothing too harsh. The flavor is more fruity and creamy, like the scent. I was expecting big chocolate flavors, but am struggling to find much. Some bitter coffee finishes this one out. All in all, this wasn’t what I was expecting and it wasn’t as balanced as I had hoped either, but still a good beer. Glad I got the chance. jrob21 (3690) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Another impy stout with a little bit of age on it. A nice roastiness with some bitterness and vanilla. Finish has some prune and grassy hops. Soy sauce is a little muted than what it could be but still here. A good drink but when put up against the leaders it falls a little short Ernest (7696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle (rated in Nov 2009).
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, husks), with notes of vanilla and alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean, slightly husky.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Pours pitch black with a half finger light mocha colored head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lace left behind.
Slightly roasted aroma with lots of dark malt notes. Hints of chocolate, oatmeal and coffee bean. Subtle alcohol.
Medium bodied with lots of silky chocolate maltiness that adds some sweetness to counter the deep roasted characteristic. Roasted but not as bold as I expected. Hints of oatmeal and dark chocolate and coffee bean. Subtle lactic creaminess smooths things out and makes this beer very quaffable. Slight alcohol sweetness adds balance but there is hardly any heat at all. Abv very well masked.
Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Retired my foot. Draft pint at the brewery. Easy to drink and technically perfect. Light coffee character and exceptionally drinkable. (#4336, 10/7/2011) SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Pours pitch black with small tan fizz. Smells just like black (dark) chocolate and coffee. Tastes like bitter chocolate, a bit of iced coffee, and some roastiness. Full-bodied with a smooth, silky texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Highland Imperial Black Mocha Stout finishes with a bit of chocolate and coffee bitterness. BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Pours like oil, nice khaki head, good lacing. Smells of toffee, chocolate, Brian sugar, toasted malts and dog kibble. Full body, avg carbonation, smooth, rounded mouth - creamy. Taste is coffee, sweetbread and chocolate. Excell ent stout. 3 years have been kind.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2011
solid, impenetrable pitch black, small mild brown head. low retention rate, strong lacing. not a big nose, some roasted malts, chocolate, hints of coffee, some light sour notes. I had this fresh, just going through my notebooks. Strong coffee and chocolate notes in the flavors. decent hop characteristics. doppelthat (47) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Pours a silky black body with a chocolate covered head. It smells of coffee and chocolate wrapped up into a candy bar. The taste is of chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of burnt coffee in the back. The beer is extremely smooth but seems like it lost a little flavor due to the age. Overall this beer was good but was probably great a year ago.