beernovice39 (3269) - Idaho, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Bottle pours a jet black with a thin brown head. Scent is grains, soy and coffee. Taste is malty with notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Smooth Tmoney99 (14973) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Pours black color with an average frothy light brown head that was lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate malt and nuts aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet toasted flavor with a medium to heavy complex sweet finish of long duration. This is a solid complex beer. HonusWagner (2226) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2010
It’s a pretty easy to drink imperial coffee stout with some nice roast characteristics. I’m happy I got my hands on a bottle, but it doesn’t really stand out in my mind all that much. Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2010
rich, strong flavor with a side amount of cocoa and smokiness. kinda flat but very tasty works. nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2010
The aroma is very toasted with mocha (coffee), chocolate, burnt malt, and hops. The appearance is black with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thick. Overall a very good beer.
brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 20, 2010
A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a fairly large off-white head.
S: Plenty of roasted malts and coffee on the nose. Some mild chocolate notes underneath, with a bit of a dark fruit character underneath.
T: A good bitterness is quite noticeable right away, as is the coffee and roast. There’s a mild acidity, which I normally don’t find appealing in a stout, but it isn’t horrible here. Some bittersweet chocolate helps to provide some sort of balance and there is a mild coffee grounds note on the finish.
M: The body is medium with a fairly lively level of carbonation.
D: Another beer that hides the alcohol quite well, probably due to all the different flavors going on. A pretty nice beer, actually. TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Had multiple bottles in the 2 years since this has been released and not one has been stellar. No big surprise here as the base black mocha stout was nothing to write home about. Its basically (as you might expect) the base beer beefed up but it doesnt really add to much more complexity, just alcohol. Flavor has some bitter chocolate, but also some syrupy malts, and a light metal/sour twang. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2010
Bomber courtesy of Brewthusiast
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Glad to get to try this. Absolutely gorgeous when poured aggressively; a splendid tan head atop deep brown with red highlights. Aroma of molassas, rich dark bread, and boutique chocolate cupcakes. Cocoa and yes, mocha flavors -- hard to believe it’s just the grains and no added cocoa -- atop some agar (no problem). But again like the non-imperial version - though very mildly - that vegetal hint that isn’t quite right. Easily the most quaffable imperial stout I’ve ever had, this one is going down like a session beer and I suppose that can’t end well on an empty stomach. Never too sweet (though tons of cocoa) and with a milder hop close, at least with two years of age on it, than in most imperial stouts. Fascinating beer, and probably the best I’ve had from Highland.
bottle courtesy of fiver29, and what a treat! wow! this is definitely one of the best chocolate stouts i’ve had, and heres why: i love bitter and sweet choco stouts, subtle and giants, from rogue to sexual to sa choco bock to southern tier, etc. and this one is probably better than all those mentioned. it pours a thick black with a minimal brown head, needs a lil more head and lacing to be a 5 for me. the aroma is off the hook, super chocolate, super roast, bitter and sweet, but not too much of either. the taste is similar, there is a huge sweet, choclate blast upfront, but not as sweet as st. then it goes to a very velvety and bitter finish, tons of high grade cacoa powder, fine baking chocolate and the likes. it also balances the chocolate with a very lightly salty soy saucish note in the back underneath it all. it makes for a very well rounded and diverse chocolate stout, super interesting and complex beer. really awesome. the abv is non existent, it leaves you wanting more before you are even done with the current sip. super deliciousness. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Black with a short lived fizzy tan head. Dark roasted coffee aroma with a hint of caramel. Really nice creamy palate, outstanding. A really wonderful rich taste of chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted grain, caramel, and raisin notes with a sticky finish. Quite good.