igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 31, 2005Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2011
Pours a deep dark brown with rust colored highlights. The head is like a bubbly chocolate mousse -- dissipating rather quickly and leaving a thick sticky lace. Aroma has a strong presence of chocolate, roasted grains and malt; light on the aroma hop. Bubblegum notes appear as the beer warms. Palate is medium to full-bodied, lightly syrupy, yet effervescent. The hop bitterness sneaks up and dominates at the end. Flavor has a sweet and chocolaty start, no real middle and a mouth numbing bitter finish.
An interesting and well-put-together imperial stout; flavors that develop and change as the beer warms. Not necessarily a complex beer, but a well-balanced mix of extremes and standards.
at ABQ brewfest, 07 vintage. Thick and inky black with brown head. Rich thick chocolate aromas. Liqueur, vanilla, smooth, creamy. Lots of chocolate, fudge, nutty roasted pecans. Quite sweet. Chocolate pecan pie, dense rich and delicious. Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
2007 vintage at ABQ Beer Fest. Rather black. Shows age right away in its oxidized roast malt nose with some burnt fruits. Very rich, inky. Smooth dark malts. Big dark fruit. Good stout. mattmbeck (4) - USA - FEB 1, 2010 does not count
Aroma: Coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes. Slight hint of blackberry
Appearance: "Black as night" - slight signs of carbonation
Taste: If they did not tell you it was 12% (and you don’t drink a full snifter), you would never know! Sweetness in the front, and a slight taste of alcohol on the back, balanced nicely by the (slight) bitterness of hop. Unbelievably (and dangerously) smooth for an imperial stout.
Palate: Very nice and smooth on the palate. Could go for a little bit more carbonation (perhaps a little NO2).
Drinkability: Pass me another and then put me to bed
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 26/09/2009 (2006 Vintage)
Big bourbon and hop aroma. Small beige head. Black strong in alcohol and hoppy with a little dryness in a crisp and slightly bitter warming roast malt finish. nickd717 (4645) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 13, 2009
On tap at GABF 2009. This was my first beer from the state of New Mexico, and it KICKED ASS! Jet black in color with a substantial tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is awesome with chocolate, roast, coffee, and dark fruit notes. Flavor is intense and complex with sweetness and roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, raisin, and black cherry. Full-bodied with a silky smooth mouthfeel and alcohol warmth despite the lack of alcohol on the flavor. Excellent RIS overall.
rjulian24 (18) - USA - NOV 9, 2006
2006 version. A bottled private stash courtesy of Brady. A huge beer with an excellent coffee nose. Nice chocholate notes and light on astringent patent character. Alcohol is clean and hidden for its size. Some carmel notes in the background. I believe this will come on tap some time this winter. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Pours wtih a black body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s sweet, malty and roasty with a nice coffee note and a touch of chocolate with hints of vanilla. Full bodied, smooth and a touch dry. tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Draught at the taproom. Great creamy mouthfeel with even dry/sweet flavor balance. Pronounced chocolate and black malt falvors. Clean but nice complexity. Terminus (3679) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2005
tap at taphouse-pours pitch black with a sudsy rocky tan head-kinda fluffy also. big roast, dark chocolate, rasin and a slight lactic quality on the aroma. I taste alot of black patent here, but Brady said "its there, but not all that much". very well balanced with all parts equal-rasin, hops, roast, chocolate. some alcohol, but its not overbearing for such a young beer. I like. THanks Brady!