beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Pours black, with the least possible head. Great malty nose with some smokeyness, licorice and coffee. I really like this because its not too overly sweet. A strong hop flavor and bitterness that balances and counters with all the coffee, chocolate, and background flavors of leather, smoke, and molassas. Very enjoyable palate. Burn in the finish, with some carry over flavors. Great new beer! Bold. zizzybalubba (1868) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2012
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Pours very dark brown to nearly black with a creamy khaki head. Aroma of black licorice, roasted coffee, and smoky malts. Nice flavor of charred espresso, licorice, molasses, and bitter chocolate. Slick mouthfeel. Nicely done. SudsMcDuff (8428) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2012
deep black .. mild head, medium foam .. . bought at specs, thanks for the 50 g’s judes, jimmys outta here .. . slick silky mouthfeel .. . tar and mars tar .. . not at all complex but damn enjoyable!!
.. . . who’s this guy, every pissed off lieutenant from every 80’s movie??? neepsntatties (1988) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2013 Bottle. Colour... Black as a moonless Halloween night! Nose... Boozy with heaps of dark chocolate and hints of molasses. Palate... Thick and rich and chocolatey ( and I don’t mean Nestle’s Quik!). Man this stuff is thick! There’s a delightful char character that tempers the sweet side and the booze is ever present. What a wonderful elixir for All Hallows’ eve!! J_man (996) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Smoky, malty and even a slightly briny aroma. Beautiful opaque black (even under a bright halogen light I see only a sliver of ruby/brown at the corner of the glass) with a long lasting but thin light brown head. Sweet, charred malt flavors and a good alcohol bite hit first. This evolves into a delicious mix of dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, molasses, figs and dark cherries along with a very light vanilla/marshmallow flavor in the back. There’s an underlying earthy bitterness and tames the sweetness perfectly and a dry huskiness that wraps it up. Bittersweet chocolate is left behind in the aftertaste. While maybe not quite as balanced as Old Rasputin, it compares very favorably to it. Happy International Stout Day!!
Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - NOV 23, 2012
12 oz. bottle- One of the best beers I have ever had was Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary Fritz & Kens Ale after it had aged in a bottle between one and two years, my hope for this beer is that it will at least come close to the masterpiece that was that milestone of a beer, unfortunately I won’t know for at least a year, I will re-rate one year from the bottling date which is 279th day of 2012- Pours inky black with zero transparency, it has a nice thick three finger dark mocha colored head and nice cobwebby lacework, this is a beautiful beer. The aroma is cocoa off the bat, coffee and molasses as well. The taste is thick, chewy, chocolate milk, alcohol burn, creamy, a fair amount of bitterness which balances out the thick chocolate malt. Coffee is less in the taste, but is there. The body is undeniably huge, thick, mouth coating, and the carbonation is medium. I have drifted away from Imperial stouts recently, but this beer reminds me why I used to and still do love them, awesome! polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle. Aroma has notes of roasted chocolate, espresso, molasses, dark dried fruits, vanilla, citrus malts. Awesome. Black hue with a nice average sized medium brown head that mostly diminished and left some lace. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Finish is lightly cloying and heavy bitter. Overall a fantastic Impy from Sierra Nevada. Loved every aspect of the beer but the best part is that it will only get better with time. Should cellar extremely well and very reasonably priced. Wonderful all the way around. Can’t wait to see what it’s like next year!! Thisis12ptfont (1191) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Faint aromas of chocolate, barley and leafy hops. Jet black with a maroon tint. Nicely blended coffee, toffee heavily roasted cocoa and caramel upfront with a thick and massive finish leaving the palate with notes of raisins, oats, molasses, resin and fudge. Overall, a big malty monster of a beer with a full body and complex flavors. I’d give this an A+ rating. Great job SN. sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2012
12 oz bottle. Used motor oil; super thick luscious medium brown head; negligible lacing. Smells like a big beer; dark, malty, raisin, caramel, chocolate, possibly vanilla. Flavor is big and fairly complex; dark fruit and vegatables, slightly sour, chocolate, even yeasty. Mouthfeel slick, slippery, silky, medium-thick but not very sticky. Notable alcohol in the exhale. Baby, this is good; just a small tick away from blown-away by this one. schmidtguy (37) - Englevale, North Dakota, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Pours a jet black with a thin cream head,smell of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and hint or carmel, taste is the same...I love this beer top of the list for me