dunn4040 (129) - Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Pours a deep brown with a toffee colored, one finger head that dissipates quickly into a thin glaze on the top of the beer.
Smells a little boozy, plums, dark berries, unsweetened chocolate. Taste is a little smokey, some wood, espresso, chocolate. A nice little warmth from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and creamy.
Overall a good Imperial Stout. Not the best, but a respectable one nonetheless. SamP01 (668) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle from mike67. Pours a deep slightly viscous black with a small brown head. Aroma and Taste of dark roasted caramel malt, some mild liquorice notes, dark fruit with some notes of dark cacao and mild espresso flavors with a dark toasted malt bitterness on the end for balance. A full bodied, creamy body on the palate with moderate carbonation and sticky mouth feel. A good full flavored brew, rich and creamy. Overall this is very good, delicious and flavorful brew. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2013
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours absolutely pitch black with a smallish dark tan head that fades to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
The aroma is full of dark chocolate along with roasted caramel and a touch of smoke. There is a healthy dose of vanilla bean and some very light wood as well.
Loads of vanilla up front on the flavor followed by some cocoa, plum, and caramel. A touch of smoke and charred wood along with burnt caramel and a little honey. Alcohol is very well restrained and just becomes noticable towards the finish. Mouthfeel is very silky with just a touch of sweet stickyness in the finish.
Overall, a very well put together and nice imperial stout. Not at all too sweet and the alcohol is barely detectable. An awesome, and affordable, imperial stout from Sierra Nevada. drjay44 (3682) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, beige head, with extensive lacing, over a black (SRM 45) body....nose is redolent with roasted malts, including chocolate, coffee, plum, raisin, roast beef, minimal hop tones.......taste is sweet to start, with plum, raisin and other dried fruits, moving to a bit of toffee/caramel, then coffee, lighter chocolate, and umami with beef and soy sauce notes, finishing with a moderate roasted malt hop bitterness, the heavy sweetness lingering throughout.....mouth feel thick, sticky, alcohol warmth present, low carbonation. I cannot think of ways to change this Imperial Stouts recipe, but this is a sugar bomb, and greater attenuation would improve it and hopefully lower the sweetness to a more balanced result. That would also increase the alcohol, so a different yeast? BJCP 8/3/14/4/7 stantheman (1036) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2013
A 12 oz bottle from Liberty Wine Merchants on The Drive in Vancouver. Full black with a generous tan head. Massive and intense chocolate and coffee notes here. Sweet, but with a dry finish. No side by side comparison available at the moment, but compares well with Old Rasputin and Brooklyn Breweries Black Chocolate imperial stouts. Itís a keeper...or not. I mean, Iíd like to put some aside to try in a year or so, but itís so good that itís not going to happen. Iíll be drinking it up every chance I get!
bth122 (1547) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Thick pour like motor oil. Medium head. Aroma is a lot of cocoa with some roasted malt tones. Medium boxed. Thick and chewy. Complex. Molasses notes with chocolate and roasted malts. Slight bitterness and coffee near end. Good stuff. anderson01 (356) - Spirit Lake, Idaho, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Black in color with a caramel-colored head. The lacing coats the side of the glass. I smell coffee and chocolate. Peanut butter in the aroma like a reeses peanut butter cup. The taste is like perculated coffee. There is a long drawn out finish. Creamy texture. Full-bodied beer with a bitter sweet taste. Slight taste of ginger. Overall this beer was very enjoyable. Almost s sessionable beer. Yum yum. Dansrc51 (46) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Aroma of coffee, chocolate and anise. Nice thick body without being overwhelming like some big stouts. Great flavor and appearance. My go to stout in the winter
Leave your pretensions at the door. Cory (372) - , California, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle. Aroma is dark chocolate, light soy sauce, and caramel. A little dry on the palate, thick body, crisp, but with long coffee finish. Pretty classic stout but the fact that itís a 10% imperial is. Its not boozy or that sweet, almost like it been modeled after classic Irish stouts. natejgood (508) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Pours very dark with a nice coffee mocha colored head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, cherry, and raisin. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, molasses and dark fruit. Strong flavors and creamy and smooth in the mouth. Just a hint of sourness that I imagine will mellow over time if this beer is allowed to sit.