ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 17, 2013
355ml bottle from drink store. Hey black, big rich mocha coffee colored head. Doesn?t last. Nose is roasted malt, milk chocolate and light coffee. Flavour belies the mellow nose, it?s intense dark roasted malt, rich, rich, espresso and dark chocolate and a blast of tangy resiny hops. Huge rich body, soft carbonation, but it?s there. Mouthfeel is big, slick and oily. Finish is not overdone, all the flavour ids in the middle - dark, almost burnt malt, a little lingering coffee bitterness. Lovely. jercraigs (10651) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2013
2013-10-09. Black body with a nice brown head. 4+ Aroma has good amount of green hops over a rich dark malt base. Mild alcohol and cocoa like roast. 7++ Flavour is similar, rich sweet dark malt base has a good dose of green hops and a fair bit of hoppy bitterness. Moderate roast character, and cocoa highlights. Alcohol is not overly present in the flavour but leaves the inside of your mouth tingly from the alcohol. 7++ Smooth medium to full bodied palate is pleasantly carbonated. Bottle is a bit old but drinks like it is very fresh, with a lot of hop presence. Bottle, 2012 Vintage, from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Draft at Whole Foods- Tallahassee. Served in a giant 20oz plastic cup, fuck yes. Pitch black pour with a thick creamy brown head that laces all the way down. Big, rich, chocolate malt aroma, coffee and roast. Flavor is similar with chewy chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and ending with gracious amounts of bitter piney hops. Thick body and mellow carbonation. Mighty fine. UncleKorm (1330) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Bottle poured deep dark brown hue towards black w/ small tan head. Medium aroma of roasted coffee. Initial flavor strong sweet w/ a moderate bitter roasted finish. Tastes are chocolate, coffee, soy, and brandy.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Brentv (680) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2014 This beer was a very pleasant surprise. I found it while perusing the offerings at my local grocery and found a stout I wasn’t familiar with. A quick check on ratebeer, and I took a 4-pack with me. I wasn’t disappointed.
Pours black with a full tan head. The aroma is full and wonderful. The flavor is even better, if that is possible. Rich and chocolatey and sweet and a little bit bitter. This is a full-flavored sipping beer that is perfect for an evening as the temperatures are getting cooler. I shared the first two with friends, drank one more tonight, and have one left. This is a beer I’d love to find again. The spot on the shelf was empty yesterday, so others have apparently noticed, too.
jahshuwuh (567) - USA - OCT 14, 2013
Very dark color with half a finger of tan head. Smells of coffee, alcohol, chocolate, anise, grape. Thick taste with some charred bitter at first with some roasted coffee, then some chocolate, some more hop bitter and a little spice and considerable heat. The hop is a little more present than the malt, but still has a big malt profile. Maybe some caramel and vanilla notes as well. But a lot of char and roastiness, pretty good overall.
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Bottle poured into a Pint glass Pours jet black, completely opaque. Three finger thick brown head that dissipates within a minute or two, leaving behind minimal lacing. Intensely malty aroma, smells of dark chocolate. Pleasant taste that doesn’t overwhelm; milk chocolate, coffee, and a hint of alcohol at the end with just a hint of warming. Thick creamy mouthfeel, full bodied, froths a bit as you swish it around. Minimal carbonation, and the lacing that does appear quickly slides back into the liquid. A good sipper, in a blind tasting I would have guessed this to be a standard stout, not an imperial. Smooth, delicious, reasonably priced, but not outstanding in any way. A solid beer overall. Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Almost jet black pour with sizable brown head. It’s an amazing looking imperial stout. Big notes of dark chocolate and coffee on the nose, a huge malt bomb. Taste is everything I want in an imperial stout, more of the baker’s cocoa and coffee, slight alcohol esters. Super creamy mouthfeel and drinks incredibly easily for 10.2 ABV. This is easily one of Sierra Nevada’s best offerings and a top notch imperial stout, I would love to try a barrel aged version of this. Cheers. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle at home - white head. Pitch black - brown head. Chocolate, nice bitterness, light spicy, nice bitterness, dark choclate, light boozy, honey sweetness, thick oiley body, dark dark chocolate. tgncc (3136) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2013
The aroma is dark chocolate, licorice, chalk. The appearance is a lovely jet black, deep tan head. The flavor is dark chocolate, molasses, licorice. The finish is sweet, chalky, pine, roast. Thick in body, oily. Nicely done. Sierra Nevada is the quiet performer, always turning out quality beer.