SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Draught at the brewpub. Black with a tan head. Lots of roasted malt and coffee in the aroma with some burnt bread and crust. Hoppy and bitter flavor with espresso, dark chocolate and malty caramel sweetness. The finish is surprisingly dry and bitter as well. Medium-full body with lower carbonation. Really nice impy with a great dark chocolate finish that doesn’t leave any sticky malt coating your mouth. nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 15, 2009
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Source: Tap at DLD.
Appearance: Black pour with a one finger, lasting beige head.
Aroma: Chocolate and vanilla, roasted malt and some dark fruit as it warms.
Flavor: Sweet malt with roast, chocolate and vanilla backing it up. Spices present also.
Palate: Full body with soft carbonation.
Overall: Pretty decent imperial stout. Wish this were closer or more widely available.
Tap at 2009 DLD (listed as Infamous Chocolate Imperial): Black with creamy beige head and clingy lace. The aroma has notes of chocolate and vanilla, ashy malt, some coffee and hop bitters, anise and clove, and a hint of mint. The taste is rather expected, sweet dark malts balanced by hop bitterness supported by light coffee and spice notes. The finish is ashy and a tad metallic as well, the weak spot of the brew IMO. The mouth feel is lush and sticky, some alcohol warming noted upon the ending. Overall, a very nice Imperial stout, good balance and not too sweet. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Black with a creamy tan head. Sweet chocolate aroma. Chocolate coffee and cereal grain taste with a nice roastiness throughout. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2009
On tap at the brewpub in San Clemente. Pours a black body with a thick, dark chocolate brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a dark, runny lacing. Silky aroma of rich chocolate and mild roasts. Some molasses, vanilla, dark fruits, licorice, and light floral hops. Very delicate smelling. Flavor is also delicate, but pretty robust at the same time. Lots of rich malts with bittersweet chocolate and light roasts. Some citrusy hops and dark fruits as well as vanilla and molasses. Finishes sweet and dry with a long lingering flavor. Palate is silky and delicate in a medium body. Overall, a big flavored, but obviously well handled beer. Nice balance and very tasty.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Pours with a black body topped by a thick head with lots of lacing. It’s bitter sweet with notes of chocolate, a hint of coffee and a strong hop profile. Full bodied, warming and highly carbonated. wetherel (1894) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Sample from tap at San Clemente. Thick foamy head reminiscent of nitro, but it was served on CO2. Black color. Medium to thick body. Chocolatey, malty, little to no roastiness. Light sweetness, but finishes dry. Very easy to drink. Alcohol very well hidden. Wow. Excellent! Get a growler while you can! BeerandBlues2 (13870) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Draught at Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Pours opaque with an average, frothy, dark brown head, lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (coffee, chocolate, toffee, roasted grain), light hops (perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of smoke, raisins, and prune. Full bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and spicy-dry finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Draught, Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Super dark black color with dark tan foam. Aroma showcases burnt dark fruit, molasses, chocolate. Flavor is tremendously big, complex, with a lot of malt. Char, coffee, chocolate, along with a big dose of piney, resinous hops. This just worked. Ratman197 (15456) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2009
On tap at Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a nearly opaque dark brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors ofdark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and coffee with a smooth dry lingering chocolate finish.