Oakes (18794) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
Pretty much black. Dark brown head. Meaty, smoky, intense aroma. Rich and thick, the molasses comes through big time. Lots of sweet malts but also richly hopped. Burnt dark sugars, figs, molasses...intense malts and an inky finish with lots of burnt sugar character. Has all the intensity of a good impy, but with some style too. onceblind (10561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2011
GABF 2011. Oily black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted dark black malt with dark toasty biscuit, a light touch of chocolate, and roasted coffee. Nice full body with a long linger, a huge whopping of malts with no real bitterness or hop profile. As sweet as it is burnt, there are tones of coffee, chocolate, roasted black malts, and general stoutiness. Pretty dang good. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2011
sample at GABF on 9/30/11. black pour with a tan head. chocolate nose with a nice hop presence. medium body with roasted malts, chocolate and a big citrus bitterness. bitter and roasted finish. Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 10, 2011
At ABQ beer fest. Black with nice brown head. Excellent powdery chocolate aroma and carob, and toasted cashew butter. Thick viscous palate. Mouth-coating brew! Coffee liqueur, rich, dense flourless cake. Vanilla bean. Malted milk. Dark, dark syrups. Agave syrup. Ink but no iodine. Roast but not burnt. Fudgy with extra dark Belgian chocolate truffle. Oooh yeah! ketchepillar (1199) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Had this tonight for the first time in, uh, a few weeks. It’s really coming into its own. Before it was in somebody else’s awesome own, but now it’s in it’s own incredible own...owning. More chocolate than before, still less than many RIS. Thick as all hell and pretty sweet, but not over the top. Lots of rich caramels, but again, not in an uber sugary sweet way. Works well with the alcohol and roasted character.
BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
On tap at GABF. Pours with a bit black body and a large deep brown head. Aromas are chocolate, rich, alcohol, light smoke, anise and tar. Flavors are a bit smokey, rich, thick, chocolate, anise, caramel, bready and a touch vinous. Rich with a light caramelization or melanoidin character. Medium bubbles, mouth-coatingly viscous. Well made. I really enjoyed this one! smith4498 (3674) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Growler from a trade with ketchepillar. Pour very dark brown with light brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and espresso. Sweet milk chocolate flavor with roasted malts and coffee. Full body with soft carbonation and a silky mouthfeel. Really nice! Thanks Sam. douglas88 (9628) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2011
On tap at GABF 2011- had a few samples of this! Pours a murky dark brown color with a medium tan head. The aroma is rich coffee, some brown sugars and dark fruit. A rich flavor of coffee, roast, light dark fruit, fairly viscous, a very robust rich beer. Excellent. Finishes creamy and sweet. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2011
inky soy and licorice oily roast in the nose. dense and layered with dark chocolate and espresso. wet and earthy, dense and ink-heavy. smooth texture, low carbonation, mild to medium hop bitterness. surprisingly delicious imperial stout on a sunny and hot day.