demannu (451) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Nice black pour with a tan head, not much retention or lacing. Excellently balanced flavor delivered within a smooth creamy full body palate. Love this beer. Nejhleader (1574) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
A great beer. A nice creamy body. Taste is molasses, a bit of chocolate. High alcohol hidden well Dacrza (1070) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2016
DATE TASTED: January 8, 2016... GLASSWARE: Mad Elf tulip... OCCASION... enjoying another Friday night of Shark Tank... APPEARANCE: midnight black body that is as dark as its label... brown, creamy head rings well and holds steady despite the 10+% ABV strength ... AROMA: mocha, cappuccino, peat, sugary sweets, and chocolate... roasted malts mix with some woody scents and leafy accents... PALATE: smooth, smoky and full-bodied... the weight is palpable but incredibly light on the tongue... the aftertaste is slightly alcoholic, but also malty and weighty... TASTE: chocolate and peat are rapt in holy Arctic wedlock here, with coffee, toasted malts and some hidden citric elements make for a beer worth sipping... big, bold and flavorful.... OVERALL: another Sierra Nevada winner? Indeed...the strength and life of this imperial stout challenges other 12 oz. and some cork and cagers too....maltier than the usual imperial, and a dessert in itself...
JoTheO (268) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2017 Bottle 355 ml. Pours deep black with a dense dark tan head. Looks excellent. The aroma is a bit thin and doesn’t provide much clues to the taste, mostly sweetness. Taste is initially a bit too boozy to be pleasant. Once this settles, the caramel, coffee and leather notes arrive in style. Like! On the whole very good but a bit unbalanced.
Addition Dec 2017; the 2017 edition is roughly identical with my previous comments. This should improve when stored for a while and develop more interesting flavours. echudy (151) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Ok typical stout scents and color. After having several other stouts tonight this doesn't seem as complex as the others. I always seem to be disappointed with Sierra Nevada beers and this is no exception. It's good, but not the standout that everyone claims.
smroush (310) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Color is very dark, pretty much black. Head is sparse and tan.
Aromas include roasted malts, with both coffee and dark, rich plum flavors; a touch of chocolate.
Taste includes a fair amount so alcohol sweetness, but in a good balanced way. Bitterness is typical of a good stout, with a coffee accent to the bitterness.
Full bodied; oily texture; carbonation is slightly on the light side; finish is long with some sweetness, coffee notes, a bit of chocolate and the carbonation.
Overall a very good stout. A real diversity of flavors and nicely balanced.
AcctError309270 (106) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle. Nearly black with slight tan head. I didn’t get much for aroma, just a little dark chocolate and coffee. Thick, creamy body and moderate carbonation. Taste is sweet flavors of chocolate and molasses, with hints of coffee and vanilla. Nicely balanced by some hoppy bitterness. Nice and warm going down. A wonderful rich beer to enjoy by a fire as winter snow whips the windows. bjakk (828) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - DEC 31, 2015
From Dan on New year. 2013 year class, dark dark red, clear with yellow foam. Raisins, alcohol, candy in the aroma. Smooth, burned sugar, raisins, with nice burned sugar aftertaste. anthony850 (473) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Strong stout with a hint coffee and chocolate.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone cheap (6205) - CHINA - DEC 31, 2015
Bocktown. It is what it is; a big black taste bud humiliaten strong medicine. Starts off like a strong teaspoon of cough medicine. Slight sweet volatile aroma. Warming sensations all round. A little difficult, yes, over the top medi-jeen. Especially on the finish. I think I’m getting dizzed.