kathouse (1942) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Poured opaque. The brown foam took a moment to build, then dissipated to just bubbles at the edge of the glass. Nose of chocolate with some cereal grains. Good thick body. More bittersweet chocolate and burnt wood dominate the flavor. Finish is dry with an ashy feel. Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle with Carla from Belmont Station. Pours an almost opaque dark brown (almost black with minimal tan foam. When cold, smells like cough syrup. When warm, smells extremely roasty with hints of alcohol. When cold, tastes like burnt cough syrup. When warm tastes like coffee grounds and bittering hops with no hop flavor. I normally enjoy imperial stouts, but this was terrible. deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2012
There’s enough wax here to make the bottle hard to open, but that’s just going to preserve this pretty much forever in your basement. Pours thick and dark and pretty, slick and oily. Easily a definitive imperial stout. This will set the bar high for me for a while. dagimp (1008) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Poured from a bomber into a brandy snifter. Best after date September 2012??? That’s a first! Pours a deep, dark black with some brown head that pretty much dissipates immediately leaving very little to no lacing. Big, black coffee with sugar aroma. Mouthfeel is thick but not oily, or too heavy. Nice sweet spot for an imperial stout. Also very dry and chalky. Taste is pretty much all dark roast. Dry, coffee, warm booze (not overpowering at all), chalk and dark fruit are heavily present. Darn good beer. Very manageable and drinkable for a 10% RIS. I’d buy again. CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Wax Dipped 2012 Vintage Bomber. Pours a healthy black tar color with a good inch of light brown foam. The nose is predominately dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and caramelized sugars with a bit of dark fruit in the background. The flavor starts with a moderate dose of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, roast malt and toffee. After that there’s some resiny bitterness from the hops along with black cherry and alcohol notes. The body is appropriately thick and creamy with medium carbonation. The finish is slightly charred with some bittersweet roastiness and mild booze burn. Definitely packs a punch but has enough balance between the malt and the hops to make it go down smoother than it should.
keepersj12 (3142) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Absolutely beautiful, deep dark brown with a hint of red on the edges and a big foamy lacing head. Nice aroma of roasted malt and coffee. The flavor was a bit harsh with the roast malts dominant. A bit of burnt coffee comes through as well. Leaves a burnt malt after taste. JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle shared by Dogbrick at Septoberfest V: Septoberfest Rises on 9/29/12. Darkest brown pour with a thick tan head. Malty nose with bitter and sweet dark chocolate notes. Malty and chocolatey flavor with a bitter roasty finish. Pretty tasty. Dogbrick (14290) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2012
This beer pours black with a medium tan head that diminishes steadily to a film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Full-bodied and smooth with a roasty character of coffee and chocolate malt, with some piney hops in the background. The finish is dark chocolate mocha with a bit of licorice and hops in the aftertaste. Good Stout all around. Wombata (627) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 29, 2012
1 year-old bottle. Aroma: Milk chocolate, ovaltine/malted milk, vanilla ice cream.
Flavor: Milk chocolate, ovaltine, licorice, burnt coffee finish.
Comment: Sweet but within the bounds of sanity. DuffMan (10751) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
Bottle, that I have cellared for almost exactly one year after purchase. Pours a velvety black with rich mahogany highlights and a firm brown head. Aroma is sweet, with milk chocolate, molasses, and rich roast. Flavour is very nice, featuring soft dark malts and hard roast together, lots of fudgey chocolate, molasses, brown bread, coffee cake. Bitterness in great balance, mouthfeel is smooth and heavy. I absolutely loved this one!