thornecb (6227) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2018
Pours deep black into an English pint. Mocha head with good retention recedes to mottle surface leaving scant sheets. Dark chocolate and licorice aromas. Thick with soy and espresso upfront turning to licorice before the lasting hot chocolate, vanilla and bitter earthy resin finish. Calisky (3246) - ALSACE, FRANCE - FEB 10, 2018
Noire, forte mousse beige. Nez café, biscuit, chocolat, candy. Gout café, réglisse intense, amere chocolat noir, note vineuse. Corps onctueux. Fin sur la reglisse amere et grain de café jimhilt (2643) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2018
Pours a two finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Coffee, some dark fruit nose and taste is leather, coffee, bitter cocoa. High ABV (12%) is hidden. Pricey at $13.45 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. Bottle # 14803764. GregMooreNH (478) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 25, 2017
2017 batch. Pours dark and viscous, with limited head. Aroma is chocolate, roast and licorice. Taste bring bitter chocolate with a hint of herbs. Finish is strong with a bite of hops typical with a good Russian Imperial Stout. An excellent beer that has a kick. halfonit (1419) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2017
Pours black with a thick caramel colored head. Aroma is of malts, roasty/toasty, slight coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Has a heavy, sweeter palate. Flavor is of malts, molasses, chocolate, toastiness, and toffee. Leaves a toasted chocolate malt finish. Still a little hot, but let this baby age for a year or two and you’re going to have something special.
Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - MAY 5, 2017
Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a pitch black color with a finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipated fairly nice. Light stringy lace.
The aroma had black licorice, some ash/char, and some dark and milk chocolate sweet and bitterness.
The flavor blended very nice between the sweet, the ash, and the bitterness. Good amount of the blend seemed to stride into the aftertaste and rolling into the finish.
The feel was about medium bodied with a great smoothness about it, somewhat silky with a sturdy ABV. Carbonation felt good.
Overall, very nice imperial stout well worthy to have again. malrubius (3149) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Bottle from Brewtopia. Black with tan ring. Cocoa chocolate vanilla booze earthy woody aroma. Dark chocolate cocoa medium-heavy sweetness with subdued fruit with woody roasted long medium bitter finish. Full body low fine carbo. Rich as fucking hell, just boozy enough without going overboard, TOTALLY FUCKING EXCELLENT. thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2017
Bottle at a share. Well, this is equal parts unexpected and pleasant. This is an excellent, very well made imperial stout. The mouthfeel in particular stands out -- it hits the perfect spot -- silky smooth and full without teetering over into viscous and oily. The flavor backs up the mouthfeel, giving it a rich taste that’s dominated by coffee and a bit of dark fruits. Really excellent. AirForceHops (8277) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2016
Bottle. Most recent vintage. Pitch black color the snifter. Head died real fast, showing no retention. The biggest aroma is black licorice, along with charred malt and a touch of chocolate nuances. johnnnniee (4484) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Mouthfeel is smooth and silky but the body isn’t what I consider full for the style. And at the gravity I was expecting more fullness. Licorice seems to dominate the palate, with notes of chocolate, raisins and prune juice. The ABV is almost completely hidden. Over all I love imperial stouts and this is a classic non- barrel aged example of the style. For my personal tastes it shows just a bit much licorice or anise flavor.
On tap at Cask and Vine,
Rich roasty maltiness with bits of caramel and dark dried fruits. Solid earthy hop presence even after a year. Very tasty, glad I got to try this!