riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Nice sweet aroma, lots of darker fruits, chocolate, big roast, patent notes, residual sugars, nice bold hop bitterness, and a hint of charred smokey notes. Pours black, nice bubbly head on top with some lace as well. The flavor is sweet initially with residual sugars, dark fruity notes, chocoalte, caramel followed by roasty patent notes in the mid palate, light smokey notes and big hop bitterness in the finish. Viscous big beer with lots of balance and flavor. Very well done Imperial Stout. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Big Star Beer Market. I’ve been waiting to try this for a few weeks now. This has a nice fluffy tan head that lasts. It has a nice black, opaque body. This looks like a damn good imperial stout, to me. This has a pine hop aroma that blends seemingly well with the sweet chocolate and roast aromas. Bits of coffee poke through and hit my taste buds, but overall this has a wonderful balance between the aforementioned aromas. Wow, this beer is quite easy to drink. It’s very bold in its approach. A strong roasted coffee flavor, along with that pine bitterness, blend well together and make my taste buds happy. Then the "happy ending" comes in when the caramel and chocolate copulate on my tongue. This is still a bitter masterpiece. The texture is teetering on that marginal line of love/hate. I think it is easy to drink at one moment, but in the next moment it seems as though it lacks the proper body. I’m completely impressed with this offering, from what was before tonight, and unknown brewery. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2011
22oz, black waxed bottle from marina market. pours a smooth, deep, dark brown that sits black in the glass with a creamy, one-finger, dark khaki head that has short retention and leaves a light ring of bubbly lace. aroma is great with big notes of dark chocolate, malt balls candy, and a bit of milk chocolate backed by subtle notes of roast, vanilla, and rum-raisin cake with hints of toasted coconut and brown sugar as it warms. flavor is outstanding as well with huge roasted malts, burnt coffee, and toasted brown sugar up front backed by dark chocolate, smooth rum, and licorice with subtle touches of vanilla, figs, and earth on the back end. palate is full bodied and smooth on the tongue with light carbonation and a lingering roasted finish with a nice touch of rum and cocoa sweetness. overall, a great imperial stout. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Courtesy of riversideAK. Black waxed bomber pours deep darkness with mahogany edges and nice mocha head. The aroma is full up dark roasted malts, some fudge and black strap molasses. The taste is yummy and rich and full of dark roasted malts with slivers of burnt maltiness. It bleeds into pleasing notes of chocolate to midway. Into the finish the burnt malt notes grow to near robust levels and mixed with the other flavors create a delicious after taste. craftycarl21 (2339) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Draft at Churchkey. Black pour with a pretty brown head. Nose and flavor are marked by big chocolate truffle along with a refined espresso and cacao bitterness.. Roasted malt and a touch of caramel also contribute. The palate is smooth, not too viscous, and hides the abv nicely. Pretty darn good.
Drake (14062) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bomber shared by HopTsing and tia at the 18th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering. Pours a pitch black color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, nuts and sweet malts. The taste is sweet and roasted malts, bitter hops and a milky note. Medium bodied, smooth. Dogbrick (13555) - 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. JaBier (8178) - 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. 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. 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.