Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2008
22oz bottle. Very dark brown with no head. Nice chocolate aroma with light dark fruitand alot of alcohol as it warms. The taste was of sweet chocolate, roasted malt, light dark fruit, some brown sugar , and alcohol. Some chalk in the finish, but that’s ok. Big imperial stout, but very easy to drink. This is a danm fine beer. If they could ease the alcohol presence..... ganache (6089) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Bomber during a thunderstorm. Big big chocolate nose with a light oaty touch and warm, fruity roast. Some alcohol coming through. Black pour with little head - but what was there was dark brown. Full, obese, heavy body, massively malty with light crispness and pleasant alcohol warming. Taste has big chocolate overtones, and this is basically a chocolate beer, as the roasted notes are here only for support. Oak and vanilla notes. Moderately sweet with some light berry and faint but contributory hops. A nice earthy tone that’s not too prominent. Smooth, creamy, and delicious! Nuffield (4247) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2008
There were moments when this beer had potential but overall this proved somewhat difficult to enjoy about the Imperial Stouts of the world. There is a big grape dimension, more like grape kool-aid, and amid the regular Impy flavors there was a kind of sweetness + hoppiness that really sickened me after a bit. It never became *difficult* to drink but it lost its enjoyment, too. I thought the alcohol seemed restrained for the abv. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
Competent full-bodied imperial stout.
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Staying focused on balance rather than extremes. Not very adventurous, but effective at delivering the usual chocolate, coffee, earthy and dark fruit flavours. Limited hop influence.
Quickly fading carbonation. A bit too bready in its cerealic nature.
Bottle; poured a black color with only a small hint of a head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and oats. Some caramel and nutty notes. Soft on the palate, not much carbonation. Slightly sweet chocolate and oats are the most pronounced flavors. Some caramel and milkiness. Notable alcohol presence. Hops were barely present. Pretty good and straightforward, but wasn’t exceptional for me.
hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Bottle... SMAACMSM O-Town Throwdown, Part Sept... This beer rocks!... Pours clear and black with a small, creamy, fat-bubbled, beige head. Excellent retention. Chocolaty, nutty aroma. Full-bodied and ultra-velvety with weak carbonation. Burnt bitterness engulfs medium to heavy chocolate sweetness. Bittersweet, mocha finish. Kudos to mgumby10 for the opportunity to try this beauty! Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Bomber. Poured clear, deep brown with a nice initial cap of yellowy-beige head.. receded quickly. The aroma picked up heavily-roasted black malts including blackstrap molasses and licorice (lactic-ish notes sweetened up the licorice a bit).. there were also some nasal hair-burning alcohol heat that crept in at the end. The flavor picked up a lot more baker’s chocolate than the nose indicated that paired with alcohol-laden roasted molasses and soy.. sweeter, yet slightly sour lactic notes around the edges with a light cocoa bitterness .. oat-sweetened roasted black malts on the warm finish. Heavier-bodied with a syrupy feel on the palate.. alcohol heat paired with chocolate and coffee bitterness to form some rough spots on the tongue.. this had some solid components, but it ended up as an average (or slightly below) imperial stout. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Bottle @ Coles Michigan Beer Tasting. Pours a deep jet black. Very roasty aroma. Extremely rich beer, very roasty flavor. Malted milk balls, dark chocolate notes. Medium to fuller bodied with somewhat strange aftertaste. Decent jercraigs (11095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
2008-05-30. Black body is near headless but for a small brown ring. Modest sweet malt aroma, muted alcohol and roast. Flavour is sweet rich malt with light bitterness from the hops and roast malt that grows linearly across the palate, lingering long into the aftertaste. Smooth medium to full body. Simple but solid, leaves a lasting rich dark malt impression. Nice. Bottle, Mondial, Montreal, 4T
luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Sampled ’08 BSAF. Beer is very dark brown, nearly opaque. Head is small, light brown, frothy; mostly and quickly diminishing.<P>The aroma is malty with moderate notes of cookie, roasted grain, light note of chocolate; Hoppy with light note of resin/pine, trace of straw; Yeasty with light notes of basement, under-ripe banana; Light/moderate notes of cherry/dark fruit/current, alcohol and ozone.<P>The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter, light/moderate acidic with a long, warm, moderately/heavily sweet, lightly acidic, trace bitter finish. Sappy retros.<P>The body is medium/full, the texture is velvety/syrupy and the carbonation is softer than average.<P>