neepsntatties (2028) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Had this on tap at Humpy’s just before the 2012 GABBF (what an amazing "breakfast" beer!). Colour... as black as the singularity of a black hole, with a thick, dark tan head. Nose... lightly smoky and brimming with dark chocolate, booze, wet earth and charred bacon. Palate... chewy, coating, dry, oaky and ashen with loads of bittersweet chocolate, a heaping helping of booze and a deep, dark broodingly tannic feel with anise and black strap molasses at the back of the palate. This is one of MSBC’s finest pieces of zymurgistic art! esquetee (7) - Bend, USA - AUG 12, 2013 does not count
2013 edition in bottle; wonderful chocolatey-coffee aroma; midnight black color with a burnt / rusty dark foam - always a promising sign; roasted espresso, almost bitter cocoa flavor and a finishing taste of wine tannins; some sort of interesting flavor blend of toffee, vanilla, almond and hazelnut all equally subtle so difficult to pull apart; smooth and chewy mouthfeel. A delicious, strong beer that begs to be shared and hoarded at the same time. maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2014
Bottle. I’ve poured motor oil thinner than this beer. Pours a very thick and creamy near black color with a moderate brown head on it. Nose is roasty with some chocolate to it and just a hint of some spicy grains. Taste is thick and roasty, with some subtle chocolate and just a hint of smoke. Feels slightly bubbly, which makes it interesting. Hides the 11% well, I think. jgb9348 (6438) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Beer #3 of my 5000 Beer Celebration (Imperial Stout):
Super dark brown and literally black coloured body that looks like used motor oil after a few hundred thousand miles, all with a very dense, dark brown chocolate coloured head - about a centimetre tall, crazy deep and dark. Aroma of alcohol, roasted malt, yeast, rye, cedar, grain and a bit of chocolate - pungent throughout. Full-bodied; Super creamy and pungent malt backbone of rye, oatmeal, roasted malt all with a ridiculous amount of milk, vanilla, chocolate and raisins and a tremendous amount of sugars at the finish. Aftertaste is complex and deep with a lot of alcohol notes, some chocolate, a good dose of lactose and a creamy, ridiculously full-bodied vanilla and sugar sweetness. Overall, this feels like a milkshake almost due to the insane body, but with a very complex profile and a subdued depth from alcohol and sugars make this probably one of the best Imperial Stouts i’ve ever had, plus it’s from Alaska which makes it that much better. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon on 12-April-2015 for US$10,39 sampled at home in Washington a bit more than two years later, on 11-May-2015, sampled from my Midnight Sun tulipish glass straight from Anchorage. dwyerpg (6368) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2017
The beers are so hit or miss with me, and imp stouts are becoming so too, as often their too sweet. This is a hit. The rye takes away some sweetness. Pours super thick and heavy. Body is heavy but the finish isn't over the top viscous. Great beer worth the hefty price tag.
Mrnoluv (358) - long beach, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
This is up there with Speedway! Coffee, dark fruit, chocolate, coco, rye bready smell, incredible thick motor oil appearance and look head highlights are coco brown and the taste is a milky chocolate/coffee, with that rye/bitter coffee taste that lingers after the swallow. Great kick to it with 11% ABV! This stout is fantastic! Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - APR 27, 2014
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance that poured like jet fuel - pure black and slow like motor oil (could’ve sworn I heard the "glug, glug, glug" of the beer pouring out); small super tan/slightly brown colored slim looking head, light speckled all over the place lacing.
The smell had a roasted cocoa with a spectacular dose of coffee aromas coming through, I believe I’m also getting some anise - ?? maybe.
The taste had a roasty sweet and ever so slightly bitter cocoa/coffee flavoring with the anise just a tad stronger than before. There is some alcohol in the taste, but I realize I’m having a 11% beer from the growler 3 days after it was put into the growler; super sweet sticky aftertaste (holy coating of my lips, don’t think I’ve ever had any beer so sticky). It had somewhat of a dry sweet cocoa finish.
On the palate, it sat about a medium to heavy, yup this beast is a sipper (don’t try to dominate this beer, you’re stupid if you attempt) in other words there’s no such word as sessionable for this beer. Carbonation is fairly smooth for an RIS - good for the style and for me.
Overall, big wow from me, though I didn’t get the "rye" that’s described, I really like this beer; next time I have this I’m really hopin’ to have it next to Old Rasputin just to see which one I actually like better. Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - JUN 11, 2013
2013 release. Poured into a snifter at room temp. Thick, black pour, with a thin, dark brown head that lasts through out the time in the glass. Deep, complex layers of perfectly roasted grain, dark dried fruit, roasted nuts, almond husk, dark chocolate, soy, and bitter coffee. 11% alcohol is well concealed by the intense flavors. A hint of sweetness, though overall, its definitely on the drier side. Low carbonation, with a viscous med-plus body. Long, mildly bitter finish echoing the above mentioned flavors. Awesome stuff.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me... glennmastrange (2899) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle. Moderate toasted cereal and molasses for the malt, light to moderate resin for the hops, light earth for the yeast, with a hint of tar in the background. Head is small, frothy turning wispy, brown with good slippery lacing and good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is just about black. Flavor starts lightly to oderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately bittersweet and lightly acidic. Palate is full, creamy, with a soft carbonation, and a chewy and sticky finish. Everything about this Imperial Stout is spot on, Bold in the right places and nothing offensive about it. Travlr (25821) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Bottle. Totally black, massive thick brown head with phenomenal retention, solid lacing. Aroma of intense dark cocoa powder and over-roasted coffee beans. Taste is rich dark chocolate, moderate spice, pepper, burnt espresso. Bitter finish. Delicious.