kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2007
On cask, at brewpub. Pours a pitch black body with a dark brown head composed of quite large bubbles for being on cask. Lots of heavy lacing. Served way way too cold, I had to wait till I was mostly done with my lunch till it warmed up to proper temperature. The nose is heavy roast with caramel, smoke, licorice, bakers chocolate, and light alcohol. Some plum and fig fruitiness as well. Great complex malt malt profile, a blend of chocolate, roast, caramel, and smoke with some plum and fig fruitiness. Zero alcohol apparency, dangerously drinkable in big gulps. Mouthfeel is very soft and creamy, not sticky at all, with great soft cask carbonation. Finish is quite mouthcoating and clingy, but not cloying. Overall, just an awesome beer, I put this just a hair better than the BA version. Ottos has really been putting out some great stuff these days. Suttree (6541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2007
How much more black could this get? None. None more black. A thin brown head sits atop blackness. Surprisingly delicate aroma - smoky coffee. Smooth, rich palate. Really nice flavor - dark cocoa, espresso, and some fruitynoes, like blackberry or cherry. Nice earthy finish. Very good stuff, thanks to tronraner for sharing at our tasting. mreusch (858) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Bomber, with a big thanks to kramer17801! Pours a deep brown/black with a creamy two finger tan head, good lacing. Aroma is subtle yet full, with fresh roast coffee, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, light smoke and dark fruits. Flavor brings home all those subtle aromas with a bit more force, which works very well and meshes quite nicely. Palate is silky smooth, nicely coating, with a lingering warmth. There is a lot of complexity hidden in the subtlety on this one. A very nicely done beer, and glad I got the chance to try! zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Dark brown/black, with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, dark fruit, and coffee. Smooth, medium body. Thanks to kramer17801 for this bottle. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2007
(22oz bottle, thanks kramer17801) Small beige head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some roast/coffee. taste is medium sweet, chocolate, roast, some smoke. Fairly smooth medium-full body, light acidity.
egajdzis (6833) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 [2007 Cask @ brewpub] Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, smoked malts, chocolate, some caramel malts, and a bit of dark fruit. Taste was woody, with chocolate, roast, light nuts, roast, with smoke, citrus hops, and a little bit of alcohol. Nice mouthfeel. The bottles really don’t compare to this beer on cask. hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
22oz bottle shared courtesy of kramer17801. Poured a dark black color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roast, smoke, chocolate, and light coffee. Tastes of roast, smoke, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a touch of dark fruits. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Pours a deep black with a medium deep tan creamy head that left some lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, light coffee and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malts, a good bit of hop bitterness, coffee, nuts and caramel. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Bottle shared by mj. Dark brown body with a small tan head that fades to a cover. Nose is subdued, but what’s there is nice with smoke, molasses, chocolate, toffee and dark fruits. Flavor is lightly sweet with milk chocolate, toffee, prunes, light roast and coffee. Medium/full body is very soft and creamy with light carbonation. Everything is well integrated, nothing sticks out over the top. Nicely done. sirpsycho (396) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2007
On cask, in a snfter at Otto’s. Oily, thick, brownish-black with a beautiful firm, tan head. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, slight smoke in the nose. Flavor lives up to what the aroma promises, more of the same, chocolate, coffee, caramel, etc. Smooth beer, kind of spoils you once you drink it, cause that’s all I want to drink right now. This is a well made Imperial Stout. Bought some bottles of this while I was there and will rate one in the near future.