brokensail (16648) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 10, 2011
A: The beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with a finger of tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly.
S: A little bit too boozy on the nose, but otherwise, good. I get lots of bitter dark chocolate and roast with a pleasing vanilla note. There’s a mild coffee aroma and some floral notes that might be from the honey or from the hops (which there seem to be a fair amount of).
T: Decently roasty to begin with, but there is quite a strong level of bitterness. The bitterness seems to come from the hops, roast, and some dark chocolate flavor. A mild coffee flavor to go with licorice and dark fruits which add a nice complexity.
M: The body is maybe a little bit thin for an imperial stout, but still in the medium range. The carbonation is also medium.
D: A little bit of booze, but pretty good overall. I like the level of bitterness which prevents the beer from being too sweet without being overbearing. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Bomber. Poured clear, deep brown with garnet highlights and a well-retained dark tan head.. looked good. The aroma picked up molasses, burnt toast, brown sugar, and espresso.. sweeter vanilla and honey backing.. some raw alcohol when you stick your nose in the glass. The flavor found more of the honey with espresso and molasses at the core.. raw alcohol emanated outward, along with light coffee bitterness.. another hit of vanilla sweetened up the otherwise hot finish.. somewhat cloying as it warmed up. Medium-plus bodied and well-roasted (at times burnt) on the palate.. a little smoky too.. just a bit sharp at times, but otherwise aiight. Rosebud butternuts (2408) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2010
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured black with a beige head. aroma is dark roast, fudge, and honey. flavor is much the same plus alcohol. body is medium with low carbonation. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2010
grownfool’s Impromptu Tasting. Sample from a bottle shared by me. Dark brown, black, tan cover. Aroma is honey, roast, chocolate. Taste is simple bitter roast, espresso, sweet chocolate. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2010
(22oz bottle) Pours a cloudy brown body with a small cream head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and toffee. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, anise, grass, and cocoa with a bitter finish.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Bomber shared by Dak. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. The nose is molasses, burnt malt, dark fruits and honeycomb. The taste is ashy cocoa, roasty malt, coffee and molasses. Medium bodied. Sweet but tasty. Suttree (6505) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Pretty much a by-the-numbers Imperial Stout. Not a bad thing by any stretch, just kind of standard. Coffee, a little boozy, chocolate, perhaps a little bit of raisin and prune. Nice brew. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Dark brown. Tan head. Chocolate and molasses aroma. Flavor is all molasses. Sweet and crazy molasses. freekyp (2412) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2013 Black. Aroma shows three day old burnt espresso with a bit of maple syrup. Thick and viscous, like scraping the bottom of the coffeepot. Burnt coffee, heavy alcohol, which is not trying hide itself. This stout is over the top, and not for everyday use. Reserve this one for a coffee cake. ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Appearance: Pours out a dark body black in color with a small-sized, beige-colored head.
Smell: A boldly roasty scent to lift this tired, lonely drinker’s spirits with striking notes of chunked bittersweet chocolate, a double-shot of espresso, and charred grains. Slightly lesser hints of vanilla bean and dark fruits.
Taste: Heavily roasty, heavily tasting of bittersweet chocolate, with a minor hint of vanilla. Like a top-notch, top-dollar mochachino or maybe fudge brownies. Roasty, earthy bitterness with a teensy bit of astringency. Some dark fruits buried within all this lavish maltiness. Late arriving molasses. Roasty, malty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Nicely chewy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Quite good, this one. Olde Hick’s Imperial Stout is a force to be reckoned with.