egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2004
10/03... Black, small tan head, nice lacing. Sweet and warm aroma of toffee, caramel, and alcohol. Rich java coffee, chocolate taste. Bitter dark chocolate, with some alcohol on the tongue. Nice mouthfeel. Nuffield (4195) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2005
I let this one age for a year. I didn’t know it was an imperial stout when I poured it (I thought it was just a strong stout), so I was pleasantly surprised to see the oily dense, pitch black liquid with its dark head. NIce palate, accordingly, oily but not too syrupy and sweet, but in control. The flavors were coffee and chocolate with some layers of vanilla and hazelnut, it seemed. There was a little alcohol in the aroma, but not too much. I had a few doubts at the end but there was still much to like here (my wife liked it, too). Canadianlush (169) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Had this one on tap at Pinnacle Peak Patio. Pours so black you could hold it up to your car’s headlights, turn the high beams on and still not see through this one. Head disappeared too quick though. Very malty, with strong hints of caramel, chocolate and molasses. Real tasty! Finish was long and refined. A must if your in these parts! cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2007
On tap @ the Tucson Beer Festival. This was my first beer of the evening. Pours a dark brown color with a thick tan head. Aroma is your typical, roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is much of the same with some light chocolate and dark esters mixed in there. Had a strong bitter finish. Medium to full body. A good beer. nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2010
On tap at the AZ Strong Ale Festival. Pours inky black with a trim brown head. Smells of toasted malts and dark fruit. Tastes of each with added notes of molasses and plum juice. Less malty than I was anticipating, but very sweet and agressive. Solid.
markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Bonus courtesy of IBrew2or3. Cheers, Dave! Pours a dark stout brown with a dark tan head. Nose is roasted malts, dark chocolate, slight smoke, and slight vanilla/ marshmallow. Flavor is similar- roasted malts, slight smoke, slight dark fruit, slight vanilla, and some marshmallow. Interesting imperial stout. Medium in body and the roast and fruit stay along with some raisiny dark fruit and mallow. Countbeer (6599) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle @ZZT IV:
Big brown head which disappears slow, on top of a black colored beer.
Smell liquorice, wood, smoke and earth/
Taste brown sugars, liquorice, some toasted/roasted barley malts, some bitterness but more sweetness.
Aftertaste of roasted barley malts, some sweets, again light bitter with more sweets being present.
Low carbo, soft mouthfeel, full body and a creamy sticky texture.
Not bad, but a bit too sweet.
smith4498 (3673) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2012
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours black with brown head. Roasted malt and chocolate aromas. Bittersweet milk chocolate and vanilla flavor with dark roasted malts and some espresso. Full body with minimal carbonation and thick and slick mouthfeel. Really nice beer if you like your impy stouts on the sweeter side. Thanks Craig. 21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2003
What in the freaking hell is wrong with this aroma. It smells like a jerkey factory. Deep black color with a short lived head that smells damn near like bag of jerky. Not overpowering for a stout though. I really don't taste the alcohol though, just some good amounts of chocolate. Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2003
In between the strong espresso roast and hops that bite just like the dog on the label, there's a huge amount of licorice - tastes like the good stuff - not that fake twizzler licorice - coats my gums and teeth. Smooth like milk and pitch black. Good stuff!