SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Bomber; wow, thanks Frank for sending another bottle my way to try again; oily thin jet black pour with dark chocolate head fading quickly to the edges; viscous aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and oatmeal; sweet on first sip with heavy chocolate flavors and slight bitterness coming out in the finish; body was thinned out a little bit with age and texture is slightly syrupy; rich, milky chocolate and rich coffee; fading a bit, but still a rock star; also had the pleasure of drinking this one draft while up in Anchorage for GABBF in January 2010; an amazing beer
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Original Rating 5/16/08 (Score - 4.5) - 22 oz. bottle; pours jet black with dark, chocolate colored head; killer nose is very roasty, lots of chocolate, coffee and touch of sweetness; drinks creamy and very muted for the strength; besides the big roasted malts, this has some creamy sweetness that makes it extremely well-rounded; wow, this is the real deal
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2011 Taste thanks to Jeremy!JAXSON (605) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Jet black, rich tan head. Incredibly complex nose of rich fudge and chalky cocoa, heavy roast elements, berries with texture reminiscent of fruity wine, oak, and light alcohol. Flavor is even more beautiful with dry, scorched oak, more berry, and cocoa and ash which then roll into a lightly peaty finish with earthy tones and warming alcohol. Stunning balance, unparalleled complexity, and a Belgian softness in the thick mouth that makes most barrel-aged bombs look sophomoric. Easily the best imperial stout I’ve ever had and what I’d hoped Berserker would be. Jules Winfield’s foot massage wisdom is appropriate here: “Ain’t the same fuckin’ ballpark. It ain’t the same league. It ain’t even the same fuckin’ sport.”
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2010 Pours a fairly viscous black with a thick, dark mocha head. Nose of pretty big roasted malt, fine coffee dust, and some charred, ashy oak. More light and creamy in the mouth than I expected, really bringing out the charred, ashy qualities. Some dark bitter chocolate and coffee, segueing into an endless finish with a constantly changing character. This was pretty fascinating and is just a wonderful imperial stout. DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Sample thanks to skinnyguy! Dark black pour, cookie colored head and a rich chocolate aroma. Flavor began with chocolate, thick roasted malt, and finished creamy with a little pepper. Had this side by side with Berserker and preffered this beer. fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2010
bottle at RBWG. Pours thick black, thin dark tan head. Roasted malt aroma with thin hints of earthy hops and smoke. Flavor is rich and full of barrel flavors. Nice beer.
drowland (8760) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
Sample at RBWG 2010 - thanks! This is nice. Not sure if it was intended, but I’m getting plenty of peaty smoke on this. Yummy. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
Thanks to jw77 for sharing this one at RBWG. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is roast, dark fruit, yeast, chocolate, earth, and some smoke. Flavor is similar with earth, roast, and yeast prominent. Similar flavors in background. Finish lingers with roast and chocolate. smith4498 (3647) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2010
RBWG 2010. Pours black with brown head. Aromas of roasted malts and chocolate. Flavors of roasted malts, whisky, chocolate and vanilla. Full body with mild carbonation. darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Bottle. Huge massive thanks to JW77 for sharing at RBWG. Small sample but it looked to be almost black with a small head. But again very small sample. Nose was big roasted malt but terrific melding of bourbon. rich chocolate, raisin and dark caramel. Nose is incredibly intense. Flavor is just as intense. Up front chocolate covered raisins with a terrific cherry pit character. Roast character is low as this is on the sweeter side but by no means is it sticky. Its quite dry and finishes with wood bourbon and even a little smoke. This thing is so complex I could drink it for an hour and still come up with different characteristics. Truly an exceptional beer. sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2010
RBWG’10 cheers to JW77 for this one.
Pours deep oily black, mocha head.
Aroma lots of chocolate malts, grainy.
Flavors, roasted malts, possibly some dark berries, dark roast and cocoa nibs, touch of coffee and mocha, silky chocolate palate with nice coffee finish.
This is a lot of yum.