Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2010 Older bottle from northernbrews. Black with huge beige head. Aroma and flavor consist of big chocolate, sweet mollasses character, candied dark fruits. Flavor much the same, big sweet character, not really cloying though, enough roast and hop character to balance. Sticky mouthfeel. Much better than the bottles I had originally. BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle shared at Columbus 10. Poured JET BLACK and thick. No head. Taste was woody, and roasted nuts, chocolate and coffee. Not bad really. garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle courtesy from Styles, Nice smell of molasses. Taste was sweet with hints of dried fruit. Not over powering but noticible. Alcohol was well hidden. lacing was nice also. Good beer auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2008
12oz Bottle. Striking barbeque aroma, very rich and tangy with molasses, pork skin char, brown sugar, spices, smoke, vinegar, the whole works. A total experience. Rich and blasting with roast and char. It’s a pretty nice aroma. Pours a heavenly deep black, with a really luxuriant silky soft head, that laces and bubble beautifully in maple wood. Flavor gets me down. This is too charred, too rich, too coarse. There’s a crushing harshness to the profile of this beer. There’s some higher alcohols that make it estery in a peculiar way, that somehow fights with the roast. There’s tannic tendencies and a mess of chocolate. Not particularly smooth, it has rough patches too clean up. The most disconcerting aspect is the bubblegum and fake fruit sensation in the back of the palate. Hops are non-existent. Too sweet and too messy. grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Pours an extremely dark brown with little head, decent lacing. A whole lot of roasted malt and chocolate, Flavor seems to be lacking a little something, seems like it could use some more carbonation.
pinkzambia (1933) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Bottle: Dark brown with a ton of chocolate malt flavors with a sharp zing to it. Not bad. Thanks BuckeyeBoy! BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Bottle: Black color, tan head and light lacing. Vanilla, sharp roast and alcohol, lots of coffee. Huge alcohol, lots of hopped-over sweetness. Very thick, lots of body. THICK! Brash and no subtleties. I don’t want to say it’s bad or even unquaffable, there’s just so many good imperial stouts out there, I hate it when someone throws their hat in the ring just to do so. robinvboyer (4698) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2008
bottle from the cheese man!
thick black pour. Nice brown head, good retention. Nose is very matly, with some chocolate, and quite a bit of alcohol. Flavour is very roasty, some nice coffee, and chocolate notes. Medium body, a tad chewy, a decent bitter finish. A good impy, but not excellent. wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Thanks to Drew for this one. Dark black pour stands up a small creamy brown head that quickly fades. The aroma is coffee and chocolate and licorice. The flavor is sweet, contains a slight lactic sourness, shows coffee and chocolate roastedness. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a flat black body with a nice one finger chocolate brown head that faded to a thin film. Nice rich nose with heavy roast, chocolate, molasses, anise, almost a touch of smoke even. The flavor is a little too sweet for my tastes for the style. There’s a good bit of almost a syrupy molasses flavor that makes it seem like everything didn’t ferment out as completely as it should have. Otherwise, some chalky burnt malt, moderate malt derived bitterness, and way too much fruitiness going on for me. The alcohol flavor emerged more and more as the temp rose. Mouthfeel is thick, oily, and a bit sticky with nice soft pleasant carbonation. Overall, this was an odd one for me. Finishing off a whole bottle of this was a bit challenging. The cloying sweetness just became too much.