beerplace (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2016 SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pretty solid black color with a pale tan head. Decent retention and moderate size. A little bit of earthy, stale coffee in the aroma. Almost some mushrooms and whisky. Odd. No sweetness or fruit apparent. The flavor is also pretty dry and light for the style. A little earthy smoke and coffee in the finish. Bitterness is moderate to high. Works the dry, roasty stout angle decently but I’d like to see more malt depth if not more sweetness.
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2016 On tap at Alibi Room. Pours a black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, some whiskey notes. Taste is sweet, dark fruits, grains, roasted malt. Totally burnt malt aftertaste. Not enough gravity and complexity as for Imperial Stout. Not bad, though. northropfrye (3625) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 22, 2016
On tap at Alibi Room Vancouver. Tried back to back with Upright Imperial Stout. Dark. Sweet malted barley. Not as dark As other one. Perhaps needs some bitterness to balance. Over all good. kathouse (1893) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Coffee and roasted character from start to finish. Slight astringency but not strong and easily tolerated. Roasted through the end. jgb9348 (6279) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Deep dark brown coloured body with a tihck, three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, grapes, earth, alcohol, oak, vanilla and a bit of lactose. Medium-bodied; Strong sweetness up front with caramel and vanilla along with the lactose, showing some grape anid pit fruits and a good but shallow malt flavour and some oak and dry roastiness. Aftertaste shows some coffee flavours, a bit of the caramelised sugars, a touch of peat and malt and a little soy sauce bitterness as well. Overall, not as bad as I was expecting from the other reviews, but not great either - I believe the age helped this one out a bit with a very subdued flavour and a nice smooth finish with no harshness at all. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 08-November-2014 for US$6,50 sampled at home in Washington on 18-January-2016. Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2015
I had been given a bottle of this by a student of mine from Portland, and I let it age for a few years. I opened it at the annual holiday gathering of my closest friends, and it was quite excellent. All of the hop profile that seems to have been a hallmark of this had been softened, and although rich, it isn’t as ridiculously thick as some Imperial Stouts--a trait I once adored for which I am now a little less enthusiastic. It may have just been the experience, or the aging, but this was a very nice bottle of beer. Bottle.
JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Short lasting 1 finger brownish head... only okay lacing.. the brew is the expected black.
Nose is a bit odd... roasty, but a dark dried fruitiness seems pretty high for the style... dark cherries and some milk chocolate.. not nearly enough "big stout" qualities for my liking.
Flavor begins with mild roasty qualites... again fruity esters come in quickly and hang on to the finish.. light coffee and chocolate.. okay... needs more heft for sure.
Body is sorta thin for such a big stout...
This is an okay brew.. I doubt it will get better with more time in the bottle. Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2015
19 Aug 2015, bottle. black. nose is big alcohol, sweet roasted malt, chocolate. thin body and moderately fizzy. big roasted malt, sweet meaty, burnt and acidic. nice but better in small tasters. onceblind (9700) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Earlier Rating: 12/13/2013 Total Score: 3.5
13 dec 2013, bottle. Dark brown. Nose is dark cereal malt. Thin body and mildly fizzy. This is serious wet malt and burnt toast. Okay.
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Inky black with a thin foamy head of a light tan hue. Earthy nose with some roasted black malt tones. The flavor is a bit boozy and earthy and bland, just roasted black malt in there and some gentle char, and light booze. Really one dimensional and disappointing. Bahumat (159) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 1, 2015
This stout is all licorice, molasses, and roast. Beautiful black pour, but everything else is just okay. AgentAle (1754) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 23, 2015
Aroma is chocolate, mocha, toffee, vanilla beans, fig, caramel and dark roasted malts. Taste is again roasty and almost chewy deep malt body that is enhanced by caramel, chocolate and vanilla. Transitions into moderate bitterness that is balanced quite well. Given the ibu and abv, this finishes pleasantly well. Appearance is black with a thin pearl head that retains fairly poorly.