Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Bman. Rating #194. Thick black with a tan head. Hard to describe the aroma, kind of spicy and a little smokey at the same time. Nice flavor, light smoke and dark fruits. (2287)
DocLock (10260) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz bottle from Blue Dog. Pours Brazil nut shell black with 1-finger tan head. Nose is rauchy black patent malt, cacao, molasses. Tastes rich, hugely smoky, with mid-palate sweetness, molasses (blackstrap), figgy fruit, and blackberry notes. Palate is thick, rich, and smoky, and gets a bit hot late. I’m not sure, but I think this pops my Iceland cherry, and I am happy yet guilty about that, as I envisioned my Iceland cherry popping being in a hot spring with a blonde super model. Oh well. This one is not near the Aecht offerings, but is a damned fine beer in its own right.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Bitter almost peat flavored malty flavor with a lingering finish.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz bottle. Dark brown with a brief tan head. Nose is smoke, espresso and prune. Medium to full body with a tang and a buzz. Taste is licorice, molasses, ash and grape. Assertive but still accessible.
gbe75 (134) - ICELAND - MAR 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice Icelandic Imperial Stout. Complex flavor, smoky and burnt. Needs patience in tasting. Good head. Someone thinks of motor oil by drinking this beer.
rhialistic (156) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Rotary Pub. Black with a foamy tan head. Rich scent of hickory smoke, sweet BBQ sauce, charcoal, molasses. Taste of hickory smoke, brown sugar, smoked sausage. Full mouth feel, and nice slightly sour finish.
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2015 bottle in crock. gravel / mineral / calcium deposits on plumping pipes, that sort of smell. more grain husks, charred wood and acetic acid shows up as it opens. rich and full bodied. expected chocolate syrup, chocolate chews and roast. char or smoke is mild. salted chocolate and caramel layered dessert comes to mind. it’s sweet and a little chewy but it certainly has its place in the catalog of world classics.
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle gifted to me, originally from an LCBO in Ottawa. Pours thick and pitch black, looks like molasses or tar. Small grey/brown head. First impression of the smell is molasses and smoked fish. Taste is a little more complex. Chocolate, smoke, brown sugar. Palate was thick and syrupy, but didn’t leave me feeling heavy. Overall, it tastes like dark chocolate covered bacon. If that sounds good to you, have at.
Lukaduke (3098) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAR 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2012 Grabbed a bottle of this the other night... poured a dark rich burnt umber with smokey chocolate aroma and a hint of heat & coffee. The taste was much smoother than I assumed with a good hit of smoke on the first sip followed by rich herbal sweet flavors... after the initial sip it lost a lot of the smokey characteristics but picked up a lot of Rootbeer flavors coming through... I could chug this and for a smoked imperial stout that is unusual ! YUM
C2H5OH (64) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours jet black with a decent, coffee coloured head that dissipates rapidly. One the nose are smoked fish, roasted malt, dark chocolate, beef jerky, roasted ham, a hint of dark fruit, and some vegetal aromas. The mouth feel is medium with fairly high carbonation. Taste-wise we have canned sprats, camp fires, sausages on a barbecue, ash, black licorice, dark fruit, 90% dark chocolate, and coffee bean. The finish is long and bitter leaving dark chocolate, coffee and leathery, burnt wood aromas.The smoke is potent and works interestingly with the dark fruit notes as they compete for attention with the roasted malt. Not nearly as sweet as many imperial stouts out there. I enjoyed this one very much.