Ratman197 (14842) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2012
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, roastiness and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, bitter chocolate, earthiness and light coffee with a smooth dry lingering roasty finish. BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Draught. Pours black with an average, fizzy light brown head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, chocolate, nutty), light hop (herbs), average yeast (dough, leather) with notes of dates and brown sugar. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. Camons (12450) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2012
Tap @ Vine Street Pub, Denver. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Aroma is rather dry with roast malt, coffee, wood, cherries. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, cherries. Medium body, soft carbonation, dry finish. 240212 Sammy (12210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
On tap at the Vine club, noted as higher alcohol, I undertsand 9%. Black, little small brown head, lacey. Coffee aroma. Hop bitterness throughout, a wine finish. Rich roast,a little chocolate, a bit burnt. Drinkable though not very drinkable. Carbonation right there. Would be great on cask. A bit of acid from the roast in the aftertaste. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Tap @ Vine Street location. Dark black appearance with a dark brown head. Deep roasty, chocolate malty aroma. Quite roasty and fairly bitter chocolate malty body. Roasty finish and aftertaste. I think Addiction is far superior.
onceblind (9688) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2011
On tap at Vine Street. Black with a dark brown head. Surprisingly smells of citrus and grassy hops, a bit of soy sauce. Some light cocoa notes too. Hts the tongue with lots of hop bitterness upfront, with some grapefruit and orange. Somewhat like a DIPA with it’s intense hop and intense malt backbone. But this soon mellows into dark chocolate tones with a slight berry touch. Vanilla extract shows up as well. This is like an extra chocolaty black IPA, and I dig it! arminjewell (9675) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Pour on tap at the brewery (Vine St) is thick black with tan head, aroma brings notes of anise, big, big anise with hints of roast, chocolate and coffee, nice dark fruit and earth notes come through as well. Taste is anise and dark figs, raisins and plums, touch of caramel and coffee, finishes fairly bitter with a great mouthfeel. This tastes like Abyss would if it wasn’t BA. Nicely done, though not quite my style of IS. 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Draft. Dense, oily black body with a creme brule dark brown colored head. Pretty much nails all the standard characteristics of good imperial stout - roast, medium to good level attenuation, oily, rich body - medium hop presence, chocolate and cocoa flavored dense malts - but it doesn’t really stand out. Seems very neutral on the tongue, quiet, mild, etc., which I usually go for but I think this one is a little too quiet. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy, but it’s not a stout that makes you get into it and think about it. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2011 1. Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 26/09/2009
Big roast aroma. Beige head. Black rich on the palate hoppy and strong in alcohol with a crisp and bitter coffee roast finish.
2. On Tap at Vine Street Pub, Denver 17/09/2010
As Nihilist Imperial Stout November 2009
Big chocolate aroma. Dark red coloured hoppy and strong in alcohol with a hint of bitterness in a dry chocolate roast finish. Ernest (7696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Draught (circa 2009-10?).
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted grain, chocolate), lightly hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with notes of wood, vanilla, alcohol, prune.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.