Johnsense (1711) - - MAR 29, 2013
Black pour, huge head. Roasty aroma, cocoa, fudge, subtle woodiness. Taste of Cocoa, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, subtle vanilla, slightly charred wood. A bit too sweet for me. Nice effort, though it took a bit for flavours other than chocolate to come through. glennmastrange (2897) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of toasted dark bread and chocolate, with spruce-y hops, moderate dough for the yeast, and vanilla and alcohol in the background. Head is tiny, frothy/fizzy, brown with spotty lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is almost black. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a soft carbonation and a chewy and sticky on the lips finish. Very nicely done. This Imperial Stout is unique without it missing any of the necessary attributes of the style. jgb9348 (6392) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Pitch black body with a two centimetre tall lighter brown head - viscous as hell with a few bubbles noticeable. Aroma of pungent roasted malt, a bit of peat, earth, milk and bunches upon bunches of prunes, raisins and pit fruits. Full-bodied; Deep roasty flavour with a lot of malt, some milk, a hint of earth and a decent amount of peat and other smoked notes, along with soy sauce noticeable. Aftertaste shows hints of sweetness, but mostly a bittering malty flavour that persists and permeates some lactic and medicinal flavours afterwards. Overall, not a horrible imperial stout, but not showing enough complexity and enough sweet and classy notes to make this great. Still, nice to try, along with most other longshot series beers. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 01-August-2012 for US$8.99/six pack sampled at home in Upstate New York on 28-December-2012. AcctError96987 (3722) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.
An outstanding appearance. The beer is black with an inch of dense beige head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.
The aroma brings chocolate, roast, molasses, anise, some sweet malt.
The flavor is sweet, focusing on molasses and anise. Roast and chocolate come in next, and a touch of booze finishes things off.
Medium bodied with a creamy feel.
Overall, pretty good. Some really nice things going on here, but overall, a little too sweet for my personal preference.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-19-2012 JDBaker11058 (2306) - Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Appearance: near black, with purplish highlights and a surprisingly large dark brown, almost purple head. Aroma: licorice, molasses, chocolate, coffee, peat bog, and chocolate. Taste: bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, brewer’s licorice, molasses, and a bit of smoke, with some nearly hidden piney hop character. Finish: boozy, slightly sweet, with a bit of a syrupy tang. Notes: Usually Russian Imperial Stouts are a little too strong for my tastes, but this one was just restrained enough that it remained a massive beer while still being approachable in flavor and palate. Of the Long-Shot Sixer this year, this was my favorite.
redtechnj (315) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Appearance- Deep thick black with a fluffy brown head. Nice lacing and long lasting.
Aroma- Deep, rich roasted chocolate, Sweetness
Flavor- Dark, semi-sweet chocolate, big roasted malt, just the right amount of hops,nice caramel sweetness. Avery well rounded Imperial stout. Shakesbeere (219) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark coffee brown with a persistent dark hazelnut brown head. Nice aroma. Smells of brown sugar, dark fruit (cherry), and roasted caramel malt -- complex, though not as complex as some other imperial stouts. Taste starts out rich, sweet, and malty with lots of roasted and toasted malts, toffee, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee flavors. Toward the middle, the taste begins to turn bitter with an increasing hint of dark fruit. Finishes on a balanced note. Aftertaste is malty. Palate doesn’t have the engine oil thickness that some similar imperial stouts manage. Overall, a very good and enjoyable beer. Not the best in its class, but it is solid. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2012
From bottle. Really nice toasted-roasted malt aromas. Chocolate, licorice, and smoke character. A bit of oak and vanilla. Dark black opaque with creamy-foamy tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body, a little oily, with medium carbonation. Starts with fairly rich roasted malt, chocolate, and licorice. Big bitter sugar tang with some carbonic acidity, soy. Bitter smoky finish, alcoholic warming. Light oaky character. Nice BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Solid example, really needs a stronger, hoppier bite at the end to seal the deal, though. Drinks very easily and is pleasant, overall. onceblind (10101) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Deep black with a thick rocky dark khaki head. Lovely aroma of roasty black chocolate, aged molasses, and a certain meatiness behind it. Nice full and rich flavor with lots of malty, dark cocoa sweetness/bitterness, roasted black malts, a wee bit of molasses, smoke, with a somewhat moderate astringent finish. Not a fan of the roasty toasty smokey stouts, but this one is quite nice on a cold winter day.