peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Very light carbonation. Strong roasted flavour. A bit to much black patent bitterness for my taste. Smoothed out as it warmed, and was near milk stout at room temperature. grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2008
No pressure as I popped the top but it looks like someone put motor oil in my beer can. Pours like used motor oil too with a dark brown head. Chocolate and roast descibe the aroma. First sip had a slight metal flavor but that was quickly dominated by the massive roasted and dark chocolate flavors. Actually I like it for an impy stout. It’s not as big as some but it is smooth. Guinness4Duff (515) - Tallahassee (and Poconos, PA), Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Can. Very black, very thick pour with a small creamy dark brown head. Rich aroma of roastd coffee, sweet caramel and bitter chocolate. Initial acidic taste of dark fruits, plums and red grapes is quickly swept away by a deep powerful roasted chocolate flavor that finishes with a burnt bitterness that doesnt go away. Really good. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2008
12 oz can courtesy of Malcolm at the BA speedway line tasting. Black pour with a tan head. Aromas of coffee, anise and dark fruits. The flavor features burnt malts, mocha and coffee. The mouthfeel is nearly flawless, its smooth and creamy. The finish is long with lingering dark chocolate. Overall: Very nice concoction. Very appreciated. gsteph (325) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2008 Pours thick and inky black, like motor oil about 3,000 miles past a change. One finger, dark, whipped chocolate mousse like head. Nose is luscious...malt, milk chocolate and mild coffee. The more it warms the alcohol becomes more present. Under forty-five degrees it is undetectable. Flavor is silky smooth. I was taken aback. No bitterness at all for 98 IBU’s but there is some viscosity. This is masterfully concocted. A liquid love potion of hershey’s syrup, medium roast coffee, semi-sweet cocoa powder, vanilla, a dusting of scorched sugar with a mild charred oak finish. This could be mistaken for a hefty chocolate milk mixer. Big body, thick and satisfyingly rich. There is the undeniable smoothness, no doubt derived from the oats, the flavor is explosive. I can’t really do it much justice with words.
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2008
12oz. can from Capone’s in East Norriton.
Super thick & dark - just like motor oil. Pours with barely any head, the ring that’s there is a dark brown.
Coffee and chocolate dominate, malty & creamy. Alcohol is hidden well, you really only need one. blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 10, 2008
The blackest, thickest, scariest. It oozes slowly out of the can and into the glass. There it sits, with a small brown head, thinking dark thoughts about you, and proudly emitting an aroma of burnt and roasted things. The texture of this stout in your mouth is like the rich soil in the deepest, dankest part of an ancient forest. It tastes as hoppy and malty as any brew could ever taste. Rich chocolate and strong coffee come out on top, with a hefty amount of bitter hops to round it out. Drink with caution, and reverence. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2008
In short: Above average Imperial Stout. Biscuit and milk-chocolate.jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
How: Can, 12oz. From <insert your name here>. I received many of these in different trades (mostly bonuses) from probably 5 or 6 people, you know who you are. Thanks to you all guys, I’ll drink them all then I’ll need some more.
The look: Black body with a small tan head
In long: Very full body. Malt profile is very much biscuit. Flavours of Milk chocolate, cacao, more milk chocolate, woody/earthy notes, some vanilla, rather floury, more milk chocolate, a little alcohol bite in the end. Above average for the style but IMHO this beer is a bit overrated. Although nowadays to me Over-Hype American Imperial Stouts is anything but an oxymoron.
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2010 12oz can-pours a brown ring for a head that dissipates and black color. Aroma is dark malt-anise/licorice. Taste is dark malt-tar/anise/licorice. Occasional. Thanks to springslicker for sharing. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2009 12 oz. can poured into a snifter has a pitch black dark color with no light coming through and a very dark brown frothy head that fell to a spidery thin layer. aroma has chocolate malt, oats, coffee, and alcohol. mouth feel is thick and coating with little carbonation. flavor is thick chocolate malt, roasted coffee, molasses, and licorice. there is some bitterness like coffee grinds and some resin that must come from the hops seeing there is 98 ibu’s in here. incredibly chewy and fantastic for a canned imperial stout but not the best i have tried.