Dogbrick (13389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2008
On draught at Pizza Port Solana Beach. Served in a snifter, this Imperial pours black with a medium tan head that diminishes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Nicely roasted aroma of coffee and malt, along with notes of chocolate brownies and hops. RIch, chewy body with tasty espresso and chocolate blend that puts Starbucks to shame. Hops and toffee are present as well. The finish is full and flavorful with a nice mocha flavor and a lingering coffee aftertaste. Simply put, one of the best new Imperial Stouts I have tried in some time. DenverLogan (1230) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 30, 2008
On tap at brewery. Pours near black; borwn lingering head. Rich malt and cocoa aroma. Amazingly smooth and creamy stout. Big milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, carob, espresso. Strong finish with dark chocolate and some bitterness. Absolutely bodacious stout...amazingly creamy with enough espresso to tingle the tongue as a lasting memory. DuffMan (10549) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2008
GABF 2008. Oily black pour, thick dark brown head. Heady aroma of French roast coffee beans, charred raisin bread, and a hard-to-pin-down vegetal quality that may simply be part of the whole coffee thing. Chewy, heavy mouthfeel, silky smooth. Explosive rich quality coffee bean flavour backed by shovels of burnt malt, bitter chocolate, and ending with an interesting herbal dry finish. Outstanding. 0110x011 (20) - Dana Point, California, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Pours a perfect pitch black with a thick, foamy, latte brown head. Huge coffee nose, with earth and leather behind it. Flavor is huge roasty coffee goodness. A bit of dark fruit comes around with the earthy notes. Smooth as silk and creamy as hell. One is enough, but that one is spectacular.
This stuff is on par with any imperial stout I’ve had. If it were bottled, it would be legendary.
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 5, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2009 A truly great beer from Julian. Roasty, lots of coffee flavor, a tinge of sweetness with a nice chocolatey finish. Had it at the 2008 Strong Ale fest
ReRate 29May2008, had this on draft at Beachwood today, It was stunning. Upped the rating fm 4.2 to 4.5
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Ok, so I had notes on this from woodshop and it was just confirmed that a bottle was in fact poured. This is nearly black, a nice brownish head. Aroma is roasty and coffee with some nice molasses notes in the nose. Flavor is rich and toasty, great espresso, molasses and chocolate. This is world class stuff! jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 13, 2008
GABF ’08. I honestly thought this was going to take down the amateur competition for Gold. No medal?!? This was seriously amazing...One of my favorite stouts in recent memory...must have taken 6-7 samples of this stuff. In one word: dank! Cheers Julian, keep it up. Nuffield (4187) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Without seeing the beer’s description there was no doubt this had to be a coffee stout! Oh, and it tastes very good, with a thick palate and gentle undertones of roast and smoke. Excellent beer. Growler shared at RBSG 2009 grand tasting. can8ianben (1559) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Oh wow. Just an incredible powerful coffee flavored beer. Thick and syrupy, a beer that will coat your mouth and give you a lingering coffee flavored bitterness. This is a beer you feel like you might have to chew it, or maybe have it topped with frothy milk. Jet black, a brown/tan head, just a very impressive beer. hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Sampled at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival and on tap at Pizza Port a while back. By far the highlight of the Pro-Am table! Pitch black in color with some dark maroon head. Awesome roasty smoke and espresso aroma. Sweet flavors of more dark roasted espresso, molasses, black licorice and smoky caramel. Great thick and sticky body; really heavy, really strong, and really dark, just how I like ’em. I probably had 6 samplers of this stuff with jarspag. This beer belonged with the other big boys in the competition. Hats off here!