JohnnyJ (5466) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Stone Bistro. Dark brown pour, thin light tan head. Roasted malt, sweet chocolate, smoked bacon, campfire smoke, and coffee. Nice smooth medium to full body. I really enjoyed it.
gripweed57 (1461) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 ounce bottle. Jet black liquid topped by a thick rocky tan head. Smoky roasted malt aroma reminiscent of sitting around a campfire. Rich espresso flavor is intense and smoky. Lots of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, tobacco, black licorice and smoked meat. An underying bitterness balances the smoky sweet malt. Full bodied, slightly sticky treacle aftertaste with resiny hops. Did I mention the smokiness? A tremendous brew!
johnbuck100 (299) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoo-weee! Lava indeed. This is one of THE smokiest heavy-duty machine-oil stouts I have ever had. Really nice pour. Lots of Chocolate, some cigarettes, coffee, abv very well covered. Great for a cold winter night, be it in Iceland, Pennsylvania, or anywhere cold and rainy.
BillKismet (3954) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black body with a cream, billowing light chocolate head. Even though poured from a bottle, this one looked nitrogenated. Highly smoky, with a definite smoked meat character that is experienced in the flavor as well. Hearty, robust body, with nuances of black patent. Salty, smoky finish with some dried meat on the palate.
obguthr (6020) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bacony smoke aroma. Black, thin yellow head. Lightly sweet malt. Smoke surges in at midpalate, Creosote and ash finish. Syrupy.
Bricktop86 (814) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with minimal head. Aroma of smoke and some chocolate.. Flavor follows aroma.
Fatehunter (2449) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In a Delirium glass. Pitch black color with almost a finger of tan head. Looks great.
Strong chocolate smell with roasted malt in the background. Hint of burnt wood.
Silky/creamy texture. Burnt taste, roasted malt, chocolate and burnt again. Tasty.
Low carbonation and a heavier body.
Outstanding, a pleasure to have.
odinstyr (766) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a minimal tan head. Smells of woodsmoke, chocolate, nuts, syrupy glaze. Taste is smoky, sweet, and bitter - chocolate, bacon, moderate hops. An excellent combination of smoked and stout styles.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock, AR. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is phenolic, peaty, and ashy with a few dark fruit notes, a light roast, and some dark chocolates. Flavor is better. Plenty of dark chocolates with a touch of milky sweetness, lots of peat giving off a moderate smokiness, a medium roast, a light dark fruit, a touch of phenol, and a light earthy note. Finishes nicely dry with a pleasant bittersweetness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid smoked impy. The smokiness is a bit too peaty at times, but this has a nice roast, chocolate sweetness, and dry finish. Nothing special, but enjoyable.
wxman (1775) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Global brew. Pours an opaque black with a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee and dark fruit. Taste is prunes, raisins, coffee and dark chocolate. Dry, crisp mouthfeel. Excellent!