jonas (8625) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2017
Backlog rating Tucson trip 2006: Black hole, not even floodlight shines through the brown head. Light roast and berry aroma. Grain, light coffee roast. medium body. Berry, earth aftertaste. BuckeyeBoy (9325) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2017
Backlog entry 12 oz bottle pours out black topped with a small tan head. Nose is Chocolat like fruit notes plenty roast malts some coffee. Taste is more of the nice milk chocolate coffee combination light bitterness and a smokey ashtray end. JorgeLee (2326) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2017
Bottle, brought back from Arizona by Lalitha. Deep brown black colour, off white foam. No messing around here, strong traditional imperial stout, deep roasty flavours, bitter, with a heavy hopping level too. Clearly quite boozy, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing in this style. Enjoyable. mcberko (20468) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2016
On tap at Phoenix Ale Brewery, pours black with a small brown head. Aroma and flavour of rich roasted malt, medium sweetness for the style, along with cocoa and light coffee. Robust and rich on the finish. Not overly complex and well-designed, but certainly well-made. Good stuff. tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Chocolate, caramel, coconut, slight tobacco & tar. Rich goodness. Not much of a scent.
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IPagan5 (106) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Dark poured black thin head typical roasted barley throughout. Decent body and mouthfeel. Ok stout in my opinion. DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2015
On draft at Flanny’s. Fig, molasses, and cocoa hit first on the aroma, followed by a bit of black licorice and roasted barley. Pours a flat coal color with a tan head that includes a frog eye or two. Dark chocolate and moderate fresh espresso are the prominent flavors early; star anise and loamy soil pop up midway through before a heavy charred malt taste takes over. The finish is sweet (hints of vanilla) and dry. A well-crafted imperial stout that I’m always happy to drink when I find it on tap. bhensonb (16238) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 14, 2014
From 2010 file notes: Pours black. Aroma is dark malt; chocolate. Tastes dark malt; chocolate; fruit. Liked it. dchmela (3090) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Bomber from Maltajo. Pours an inky black with a dark tan head. Soy, roasted grain, chocolate and dark fruit in the aroma. Taste is thick and oily body, with roasted grain and soy plus hints of cherry. Good brew. bytemesis (9712) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle from Daknole - thanks! Small gusher on opening, and almost impossible to pour effectively. Gigantic bordering on monstrous brown head, puffy but not creamy at all. Dissipates slowly mainly due to sheer size, leaving clumpy lacing blobs on the glass. Pours opaque black. Aroma is roasty, anise, chocolate, perhaps cardboard. Flavor is light sweet, a LOT of anise and burned malt notes, medium bitter. Intensely, distractingly carbonated. Medium body, some acidity presumably from burned malts. Ashy. Well, at least its not infected, which was my first thought, but it doesnt have a whole lot going for it either. ADDENDUM: if you let it sit for 30 minutes or so the carbonation dies down and the beer becomes a lot more appreciatable. Not necessarily good, but decent.