freekyp (2363) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Cask version. Dark almost black pour with ruby highlights. One finger creamy tan head. Aromas of roast coffee, molasses, and licorice. Full creamy mouthfeel makes this beer slide down the throat. Well balanced with toasty notes tempered with a slight rise in earthy hops near the end of the swallow. A bit of mustiness in the finish. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
On tap at RB...Black with a light tan head, highly carbonated, pretty creamy...Aroma is strong with tons of coffee, nice coffee but not very complex. Light hoppiness at the end...The taste is all coffee whole way through which makes it really easy to drink...The feel is way to light, I want something more cheeky, make my mouth tingle.
Overall, one of there better beers but nothing to go there specfically for. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Draught at the source. Pours pitch black with thin but everlasting brown head. The aroma is espresso, some bitter chocolate, hints of molasses and pristine forest. The flavor is espresso and floral hops. A pleasant earthiness and faint cola manifest themselves toward the middle, and it gets piney toward the finish. Only a little bit of alcohol is present in the aftertaste. A distant nuttiness comes out as it warms. Good, full mouthfeel without being grossly sticky. Excellent brew. NachlamSie (3523) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Draught. Wow, we were very surprised to find this treat along with its barrel aged cousin on tap in April. This was in a side-by-side with the Redline bourbon stout. Pours black with a brown head. The aroma is a little muted, though it does evolve as it warms. Notes of espresso, mocha, and hickory are present. Nice thick, slick palate on this one. In the way of flavor, plenty of espresso notes abound with hickory smoke, soy sauce, traces of pine, and a finish that hints at port, though that is rather subdued. There isn’t anything really surprising about this, but it is exactly what I would hope for in the style. Very reliable and balanced and plenty robust. This one is noticeably brighter and smokier with somehow a thinner (I guess "less viscous" would be more appropriate) mouthfeel than the bourbon version. Aurelius (5428) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2007
Dark, with a very dark brown head. Prune stout aroma. Dates, raisin flavor, moderate roast. Tangy. Zippy carbonation. Preyy well done -- not too heavy or intimidating. Finishes out a bit heavily though.
TheBeerGod (6241) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2007
Draft. Pitch black. Frothy, creamy tan head. Nose is roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate and light oily hops. Taste is sweet roasty malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, light coffee notes and vanilla. Some molasses too. Body is creamy and very smooth. Some light alcohol warmth and a medium-full palate. Finishes with more dark chocolate, roasty malts, coffee and vanilla. Very nice! alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Chicago RB. Flavor was good, but for the style this was below average. That being said, I like Imperial Stouts and this one was no different. Good mouthfeel; a pretty sweet flavor, with some good bitterness. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Draft. Nice roasted aroma, pretty typical for an imperial stout. The palate was good and the flavor was good, but nothing special. BeerandBlues2 (13645) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Draught at Rock Bottom Chicago. Pours black with an average frothy dark brown head, somewhat diminishing, fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, coffee), light hops (perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of prune and tar. Full bodied, slick texture, soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness; fairly hoppy. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2007
On tap in a snifter. Thick black color with a brown ring of a head, served too cold so I’ll wait for it to warm. hmm ... anyway, so how are you doin, that’s good. ... this beer sure is cold, yep .. can’t smell a thing. ... wait is that, there it is ... chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, a little bit of dried fruits .. Medium bodied and smooth, swooshing the fizziness into my cheeks .... frothy milk chocolate lines my mouth .... chocolate roast flavors replace the bubbles in my next sip, raisins, bitter roast, alcohol, pretty tasty. If it wasn’t so late I’d have another.