Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Bomber. Poured near-black with a short-ish cap of medium tan head. The aroma was most intriguing.. bright pine and citrus plus coffee over warm black patent, cocoa, and a touch of vanilla.. floral notes showed as it warmed up.. hop-forward, and I dug it. The flavor opened with aggressive piney bitterness that never really let up.. fairly generic roasted barley and other black malts at the core.. not bad by any means, but only quasi-interesting.. fresh citrus and floral bitterness joined on the middle.. finished with resiny residual bitterness, mostly of the pine and citrus variety. Medium-bodied, slick, and soapy at times on the palate.. very bitter, with smooth malt support.. this was very good stuff! Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle from Olive Tree Market. Pours a deep, fairly viscous brown / black with a creamy tan head that left some nice lacing. Pint hops were fairly dominate in the nose, followed by roasted malts, toffee, coffee and cocoa dust. Light bitterness on the palate. bhensonb (15083) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours quite black with a creamy tan head. Aromas of smooth burnt malt, mixed hops (?), and a little smoke. Flavor is piney, then smokey, then more smokey. A little chocolate. A lot of resin. This stuff is extremely extreme and tasty. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Thanks to bullzeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a black color with a dark brown head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt and chocolate. I don’t get much alcohol or other notes in the aroma. The flavor is similar. I get a ton of chocolate notes as well as some roasted malt and some piney hops, Low bitterness. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2011
22oz bottle courtesy of savnac. thanks, ira! pours a deep, dark brown with a smooth, one-finger cap of beige foam that leaves sticky rings of lace. aroma is great with big notes of piney hops and orange zest blending seamlessly with heavy dark chocolate, roast coffee, molasses, and topsoil with hints of char as it warms. flavor is delicious as well with rich, semi-sweet dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts coming more the the forefront while spicy pine resins, citrus esters, and notes of toffee come through at mid-palate and subtle notes of hazelnut and ash appear on the finish. palate is on the heavier side of medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a long, dry, roasted, bitter finish. there is a fine line between hoppy imperial stouts and black IPA’s and this beer is a great example of the former. delicious brew.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Big thanks to hopburster for this bottle.
Pours pitch black with a big tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass and leaves great lacing.
Aroma is still has some citrus hops up front, oranges especially, along with faint pine resin. There is a light roasted malt backbone, a little lighter than I was expecting. Some licorice and chocolate as well.
Taste is also hoppy up front with lots of pineapples and oranges. The background is light sweet chocolate malts, but the hops are still dominate in this one. It almost tastes like a "black IPA", if that’s a real style.
The mouthfeel is certainly on the lighter side of impy stouts if that’s what we’re calling this. It’s just about right as a black IPA. Good carbonation and very bitter with hops.
If we’re going to consider this one an impy stout, then I can’t say it’s great as it’s certainly not up to Darkness or Night Stalker as far as hoppy stouts go. But it’s just a lighter, lower ABV beer, so I’d be more likely to compare it to a great black IPA. Good beer no matter the category. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2011
(22oz bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and pine. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, citrus, grass, and pine. blutt59 (6562) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2011
bottle, thanks to the black swan, black with brown hue, hoppy coffee and roast aroma, creamy char, vanilla and roast coffee flavor, nice SrSilliGose (3330) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 3, 2011
Bottle from hophead22. thanks TIM! nice body. hoppy- citrusy, floral hops. pine. nice roast character. dry. tasty. liked this quite a bit. phaleslu (10099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
22 oz. bottle shared by lushawn the night before Dark Lord Day in our hotel room- thanks buddy! I also have one of these at home from curly that I have to try again. Pours an inky, opaque super dark brown color with a small brown head. Aroma shows surprising earthy, citrusy hops in it, along with notes of rich roasted malts, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses. The flavor follows suit for the most part, and both hint and some smoke and peat as it warms. Full-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, roasty mouthfeel. Interesting imperial stout that I’m going to have to try again.