Oaklandbeerguy (36) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2017 ineedbeer (2171) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is a balanced blend of roasted malts and dark fruit. You get a decent amount of chocolate and a light coffee note. There is a lot of prunes, dried cherries and a hint of raisin in the aroma. A medium low alcohol aroma is also present. The beer is starting to show some signs of oxidation with a vinous sherry note forming.
Pours black with a thick dark mocha head that steadily recedes fairly quickly leaving a light film in the center and a ring on the edges. Faint lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor is rather enjoyable. The dark malts have a bit of a toasted cracker flavor to them to go along with the light coffee and moderate chocolate flavor. There is a decent amount of dark fruit esters in the flavor as well with prune and raisin being more prevalent than cherry. By this point in time the hop flavor has completely faded if there ever was one. Bitterness is moderate and astringency is low. Medium light alcohol note in the finish - lighter than the nose leads you to believe. Finishes fairly dry which is nice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium to medium high carbonation. Astringency is quite low and alcohol warmth is moderate.
This beer is pretty darn good. It's not amazing and I understand why it isn't highly sought after, but it is solid and very enjoyable. I found the flavor to be quite good and better than the aroma. I like that it doesn't feel like it has a terminal gravity of 1.035.
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Amazing stout! Great mouthfeel, nice warm chocolate linger. Easy drinking.. markextrae (4424) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2016
sample from bottle, poured a deep brown colour with a beige tanned head on top. nose is deep intense roasted malts, dark charred chocolate, sweet raisins, spices, cacao powder, harsh, dried red fruits, and slight salty licorice. taste of sweet deep roast, burned caramel, sweet, with a bitter aftertaste. quite heavy on the malts. JorisPPattyn (10026) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 12, 2016
Dwindling yellowish beige head over jet-black beer. Coffee, roasted malts, underlying molasses. Again lukewarm coffee, mocha, dark grains. Medium bodied at least, very slick to oily. Bit middle-of-the-road for an Imperial stout, no? Benzai (15851) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2016
Can @ home. Opaque pitch black color, full sized thick and quite creamy dark brown head. Aroma is malts, liquorice, firm roast. Taste malts, roasted malts, dark malts, light liquorice, malt bitter, medium to firm bitter finish. Medium body, carbonation is a bit sharp sort of speak, but not annoying. Decent stout. jake65 (3942) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2016
Boise Imperial Stout Trooper. Dark brown color with a thin ring of beige head. Big roast aroma, mild bittersweet cocoa. There is a little sweetness, but mostly roast, some coffee bitters. Pitted fruits and dark chocolate.
koleminer20 (3704) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed this one over at Chris’s house on March 26 for a beer and smoked meats get together. 500 mL bottle opened by me. The pour is a thinner light black color with a thicker beige head that lingers, offering a touch of lace. The aroma is heavy licorice, light dark fruits, and a big bitter roast. It’s surprising how bitter this one is. There is a light chocolate presence toward the back, which helps with a little sweetness entering the mix. The flavors are quite similar. There isn’t any one flavor that really drowns it out, though the levels of roast and bitterness are high. It’s got a good balance with the chocolate and dark fruits. The mouth feel is nice and thick, but the carbonation is off. It’s a little too bubbly for a nice heavy stout. The aftertaste is all roasted malt and bitter licorice. There is a hint of chocolate, but it’s just a hint. This is a good one from NEBCO, I hope I get to try the barrel aged one with it one day! kermis (13796) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 6, 2016
Can shared. Black with a thick brown head. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, caramel, overripe dark fruit and raisins. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Light full bodied with soft carbonation. deanso (10150) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - MAR 6, 2016
33cl can courtesy of and shared with Kermis.
Thick creamy tan head. Clear black pour. Liquorice in the aftertaste Karstenborg (1081) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2016
Dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is roasted malt, cocoa and chocolate. Taste is malt, cocoa and liqurice rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle at Happy New Beer in Sätila 160116. Opaque black beer with a nice lasting beige head. Roasted chocolate aroma, spicy, cocoa, coffee, raisins, some licorice. Roasted chocolate flavor, cocoa, warming alcohol, licorice, some figs.