BuckeyeBoy (8301) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 26, 2016 ACHops (1616) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Last Drop. Pours viscous opaque black with thick brown head. Aroma is dark roasty malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is charred chocolate malts, nice bitterness on the finish. Somewhat dry, big chocolate on the finish. Doesn’t taste barrel aged or all that complex, just big, dark, and rich. If this were categorized as just a stout, it would be top of the charts. As an imperial, it’s somewhat pedestrian. Love to see what Laurelwood could do with a barreled version of this.
22oz bottle pours out dark brown to black topped with a small tan head. nose is coffee molasses dark chocolate nice big roast malts and a little vanilla. taste is more of the heavy roast malts some coffee chocolate molasses with a little hoppy bitterness on the end. dwm1034 (785) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2016
Bottle imported from Portland...bought at Laurelwood pub. Pours dark / almost black with tan head. Nose is sweet with hint, to me, of vanilla. Taste is dark chocolate and coffee...excellent. Some bitterness from the hops adds to it...better as it warms. Wish I had more. bpreo (2903) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Strong aroma, but not very offensive on the tongue flavor. Overall an excellent Imperial Stout. Sampled at Tap & Growler. djd07 (15356) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium beige head that lasts leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is raisin, vanilla, and roast. Thin mouth, very sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, light bitterness, really good. Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Tap at public house.
A: Purdy black with a light cappuccino head.
N: Cocoa, molasses, coffee, hint of vanilla. Biscuit and char. Earth and peppercorn. Black licorice and some leather.
T: Bittersweet. Touch spicy. Not overpowering in any dimension.
M: Medium - heavy body. Touch of alcohol. Fuzzy carbonation.
O: Solid IRS. Balanced and complex, but it feels like it’s missing a bit of body and some extra oomph to go over the edge.
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Pour out of bottle at Darkness Day 2014, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, coffee, roast into a bit of chocolate, slight molasses into some sweet toffee. Taste was a mix of dark coffee, roast, and earthy notes into some sweet cocoa, toffee, slight nutty note, finishing sweet. slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"this is unofficially the red headed stepchild of yeti & stormking. high ambition, but it falls a bit short. that it reminds me of those awesome beers at all is a good thing, though. more hops come through than a majority of big stouts. nice, but not great."
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a moderate lighter brown head on there. Nose is quite roasty with some dark fruit elements to it, and just a bit of chocolate coming through. Taste is roasty and actually a bit sweet on top, which is nice and lightens up the beer a bit. Solid beer. Me like. beastiefan2k (4076) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bomber into Schlenkerla mini glass. Very thick black pour with dark brown head. Looks good but the beer is very difficult to drink. Its full of acrid, acidic, black malts. Eh, just too much. Finishes with bitter hops and dry coffee grinds. Its goopy unrefined. Just black patent soup.CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2014
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Lasting thin brown head atop a black opaque body. Nose of coffee and blueberry mash. Somewhat harsh front with lots of malt, espresso and then goes thin. Very interesting and above average.