ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Tap at MacGregors, way back in November of 2004 (yeah, I have a bit of a backlog in posting my ratings). As black as can be with a smallish brown head that stays forever. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, and the Southern Tier trademark hopiness. Taste is roasted barley, cocoa, prunes and of course, a hops kick, as expected from ST and from an Imperial Stout. Big, thick, chewy mouthfeel, that will leave you licking your lips. Outstanding beer. Southern Tier, if you are listening, please bottle this stuff! BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Had this on tap at blind tiger, pours with a rich brown head that hangs on for a bit. Great aroma of toffee, licorrice, brown sugar, grains. Lots of body, great big mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet and full, but not ofensively so. I found it really delicious, kind of like a big beer milkshake. Yum. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Tap @ Barcade. Pretty damn dark with aromas of chocolate malts and dried fruits. Taste is bittered nicely with even more roasted flavors. This stuff is not 13% but 10.5%. Masked nicely though. This brewery is constantly impressing me more each beer. shadey (2148) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 Draft at MacGregors in Henrietta - Pitch black color with a thick milkshake head that was DENSE. Strong chocolate aroma with a good bit of coffee. Mouthfeel was very creamy and silky smooth. Quite nice flavor. More mild than most Imperials. More chocolate and less bitterness. There is no way this is 13%. It was as tasty as a milkshake without a HINT of alcohol. What an outstanding job from the folks at southern tier. These guys continue to impress me. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Didn’t think I would get to try this. Black incarnate. Dark tan head. Nose is chocolate, milk, alcohol and dark fruits. Flavor reminds me of the cask Storm King I had @ the Victory brewpub but isn’t quite that good. Smoky, slightly salty, well hopped, alcoholo, milky with a bit of chocolate. Hop finish. Carbonation is great for a keg but I wish this was in a cask - the additional smoothness would be wonderful. Mmmm.
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [draft - MacGregor’s - Henrietta, NY] Dark black color with a thick brown head. Strong chocolate aroma with roasted malts underneath. Very smooth taste of chocolate and roasty malts with a nice blend of hops and a good coffee finish. So smooth and creamy. I was shocked to see that it was 10.5%. FROTHINGSLOSH (8069) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 I do not know why they do not make this one more as it was an excellent example of a wonderful style. +++Draft - the beer poured completely black. Raising the glass to the light did not enable any light to shine through. There was a moderately sized dark brown creamy head that really lingered for a long time. The aroma was sharp and sour with strong hops and a hint of chocolate. This translated well into the flavor which was strongly hoppy and had a decent chocolate and coffee presence. The large malt elements balances the beer well on the front but the finish is completely dominated by the hops. The texture is thick and amazingly creamy. Like drinking liquid silk. I really wish they would make this one again. Marvelous! frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Sweet fruity aroma of rasins, plum, dates and a hint of roasted barley. Opaque nearly balck body with a small tan head. Rich chocolatey flavor, some burnt and roasty notes. Bitter roast coffee and hops in the finish with a slight rasin note. Slight warmth. Had this at McGregors in Rochester.
CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2004
(Draught) Sampled at the Empire State Brewfest. Quick -dissipating brown head and an opaque body. Nose of cocoa and malt. Very hoppy flavour but somewhat thin. I couldn’t detect the high ABV. Its definitely a good beer and worth trying but I think its somewhat over-hyped? This brewery has done some fantastic recipes though... keep it up. DYCSoccer17 (3706) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Sampled at Empire Brewfest. Roasty chocolate aroma, with hints of booziness in there too. Nearly opaque blackish color with some redness around the edges. Brown head. Deep bitter bitter chocolate, hoppy flavor. Very dry. Ethanol comes through towards the end. Not shabby, but doesnt blow me out of the water. I think the ABV could be turned down.