DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - APR 9, 2009
Bottle. Sweet-ish chocolate malt aroma, and some ripe fruit. Black body, brown head. Flavor is moderately sweet, vaguely fruity with chocolate. Not much roastiness or other complex character to speak of. Watery finish. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2009
Darker brown with a creamy, nutty, chocolate aroma. Flavor has some roast, chocolate and cream - starts OK, but the aftertaste and finish go downhill quite a bit. I think Sam Adams could certainly do a better job at Imperial Stout making if they tried. harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
12 oz bottle Pours dark brown almost black with medium brown creamy head. aroma is chocolate roasted malt , coffee.
taste is espresso some chocolate . finishes smooth with slight hop bitterness. decent .lacks a little in the flavor department.. DialSquare (4988) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2009
12oz bottle. dark brown pour with very thin light brown head. smoke, spice and chocolate aroma. medium syrupy texture with little carbonation. tastes of chocolate, coffee, smoked meats, soy and dark fruits. light bitter finish. Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2009
Inky with a thin head. Strong burnt raisin nose with a light coffee and stinging alcohol. Has a nice soft, rounded body. Nice residual sugars - not to cloying. The burnt/roast character is perhaps a bit underdeveloped but the beer is balanced. Pleasant.
troopie (2324) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle. Poured black with thick brown head, little lacing. Fowerful aroma of cocoa and alcohol. Flavour is bittersweet chocolate, malt, unsweetened coffee and alcohol. Middle of the tongue finish, hop, cocoa, alcohol. Tastes strong and is. Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Pours black with a mocha head and wispy lace. The nose is of dark roasted malt with a strange fruit note (almost like pear or mango) and the faintest supporting notes of coffee and chocolate. Medium-bodied with little carbonation and a roasty and astringent finish. Dry, roasty and fruity with an astringent, bitter-roasted finish. Ití s not a bad beer. Itís arguably better than SAs Imperial White, but itís definitely not a noteworthy example of the style. Block (2700) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Black pour with a tan head. Chocolate, caramel and slight roast aroma. Flavor seems to be mostly chocolate with some roasted malts and coffee at the finish. Over all pretty good but I didnít find it over the top. Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Poured opaque viscous black with a fair sized chocolate colored head. Aroma has an initial hint of citrus, then moves into the predictable nougat, chocolate, licorice, slightly herbal, a little roast barley and coffee, chocolate comes through eventually, with some spicy almost minty hops. Flavor was sweetly malty, a little chocolate, caramel, coffee, mostly roast barley, slightly herbal with some licorice, strong amount of alcohol, and subtle citric oak and vanilla in the finish. Palate was good. This reminded me of a less balanced Dominion oak barrel stout. Iím glad I didnít buy a whole case. RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Pitch black pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, sugary chocolate and a hint of smoke. Very malty and strong with a dash of smokiness. Good, but not as good as I had hoped.