eggraid101 (79) - Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2015 Emeister84 (2580) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aromas of coffee, black earth, and cocoa. Black with a fading, tan head. Dry, roasty, and bitter. Full bodied, low carbonation, and a roasted chocolatey finish.
Poured from a bottle. A delicious chocolate stout. Better for being aged on cacao beans. A really wonderful beer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
24-Feb-11 (12-oz sample bottle not commercially available: Free bottle for stewarding the 2008 World Beer Cup in San Diego, CA) Wow, this three-year-old beer really has taken me by surprise! I’ve never heard any mention of this brewery’s existence, let alone a beer of such high caliber, so my expectations weren’t soaring. This imperial stout, which was entered into the Foreign/Export Style Stout category, pours opaque and black as coal through the center and translucent brown at the edges, but the beer foams a bit on the pour, producing nearly two inches of light-brown head that slowly recedes to a quarter-inch cap and leaves a beautiful, ringed structure of lacing on the glass. The nose offers sweet chocolate, sweetened coffee and milk, dark bread, yeast, molasses, prune, apple, and a grill full of smoked meat, very aromatic and highly enticing indeed, but it’s the flavor where things reach an extraordinary mark. Rich, decadent, intense flavors of chocolate bar, sweet coffee, chocolate milk, fresh herbs, prunes, fertile earth, dark toast, licorice, and ashtray bathe the palate in luxury. There is a fair amount of roasty bitterness to counter the high sweetness, so the beer remains extremely well-balanced from entry to finish. On the palate, the beer is full-bodied, rich, and chewy in weight, with exceptionally smooth, soft, velvety, medium carbonation, and a gentle dryness that guarantees the beer never becomes cloying. Wow, just wow! This is an absolutely amazing beer that I strongly regret not being able to share with others. Whether the three years of cellaring has been of benefit, I can’t say for sure, but it’s complex, vibrant, and incredibly well integrated, and it’s as delicious an imperial stout as I’ve ever tried. It speaks of luxury dessert, evoking visions of nobility sipping its decadence from a fancy, gold-adorned glass in the dead of winter. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Dark brown pour almost black with creamy tan head and lace. Chocolate and abv aroma. Chocolate, coffee, and abv from a nice full bodied offering. jcwattsrugger (12525) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2010
on tap-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is citrus-lemon, medium/dark malt. Taste is citrus/pine-lemon, medium/dark malt-roasty. Enjoyable.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2009
(Sample Date: 1/17/2009 Source:South Street Brewery) Sampler at brewery. Light roast and chocolate in aroma. Very dark with small tan head. Very roasty flavor with some bitter chocolate in the finish. Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2009
On tap at the brewery. Really liked this one. Poured drak black with not a whole lot of head. Strong chocolate and malt flavors and aroma. Slightly bitter. All in all, I liked this one alot! Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2009
Served in tap at the brewery. Pours a deep, dark reddish brown color appearing black in the glass. No head. Aroma is bitter roasted malts with some lactic and metallic notes. Taste is much better with bitter roasted malts, toffee, caramel, dark fruits and lots of leafy, minty hops. Medium bodied. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 On tap at the brewpub on 01/17/2009. Dark black body with a small frothy tan head. Dark chocolate and roast aroma. Big chocolate, roast and light coffee flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 8/5/8/3/15 - 3.9
On tap at the brewpub on 03/14/2008. Dark black body with a medium creamy head. Rich chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Huge chocolate flavor with some roasted malt, light caramel and a bit of bitterness. Full body with moderately low carbonation. Creamy finish but slightly astringent. 8/5/8/4/16 - 4.1 golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Draft. Aroma of roasted chocolate. Sweet chocolate flavor at first, but yielded to a bitter roasted finish. I enjoyed this brew.