Ronritter (875) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2017 elgiacomo (747) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, 2013 vintage. Served at cellar temperature.
Pours very dark brown to black with a two finger brown head, leaves drippy webs of lacing like an IPA, holds a light cap.
Aroma is roasted malts, cocoa powder, semi-sweet smelling, vanilla, some caramel, a bit nutty, a little hops. Good to very good strength.
Flavor is chocolate, cocoa, rich caramel, roasted malts, coffee, hazelnuts, vanilla, touch of dark fruit, fairly sweet, hint of herbal hops, pretty rich, some alcohol but really not bad at all for a fresh 11% brew.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, creamy, a little sticky, soft to moderate carbonation.
Man this is pretty good stuff. Kind of unique too...got that dessert beer sort of vibe without any vanilla, chocolate, etc additions. Lack of boozy taste in such a big beer is a nice plus too. I like it better than their Dragon’s Milk (which is still pretty good in its own right).
12oz bottle pours black big cocoa and licorice aroma taste follows suit with light vanilla and booze dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2017
Looks like a stout with a smallish head. Lots of roast, some chocolate and a vague fruitiness. Good but not *that* good. darb85 (302) - Canton, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2017 Vanilla cocoa nose. Black pour, no head. Chocolate lead with vanilla a bit of booze heat on finish. Thicker mouth feel. dry finish. Beerdedone (3452) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2017
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Full body and smooth flavor of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and had notes of brown sugar. Hopper8 (241) - Holland, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2017
Pretty solid actually. I’m fairly impressed with the flavors going on in this imperial stout as the roasted malts are very present and yield hints of chocolate and fruit and not coffee. Overall good beer, and very easy to sip.
jinroh (2277) - ESTONIA - APR 9, 2017
Almost black, some beige bubbles. Aroma having some roast and bit of barrel character although it’s not barrel aged. Taste has deep roasty sweetness and more dark dried plums. Bit of alcohol there, like aged in wine barrels although it’s not. Bit edgy bitter finish.
DWestrick (818) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2017
bottle - shared 3 ways. big bad imperial stout. tad heavy on the carbonation for my liking, but otherwise very solid. good beer SODAK14 (383) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - MAR 14, 2017
I’m had the 2016 version with 11.5% ABV. This pours a very dark almost black color with a small head. Nice brew but kind of turned off by too much of a fruitish flavor, I couldn’t quite place it. Also definitely can taste the alcohol in it...not really a good thing. Decent beer just not a great one. Dal9000 (669) - Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2017
At Whole Foods. Pours black with a thick tan head. Initial taste of sweet coffee and dark chocolate. Lingering dark chocolate but sweet.
---Rated via Beer Buddy Msdrbeat (785) - East Lansing, USA - DEC 13, 2016
Bottled. Pours pitch black with off white small head. Aroma is slightly malty with chocolate and coffee with a hint of booze. Smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation. Really lovely stout.