brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2011
Typical of the Belgian Imperial style in that everything is soft and subtle,you have to have a fresh clean palate to appreciate this. Aroma soft chocolate cake with molassas frosting, some vanilla in there,a little zing of some dark fruit,someone else said cinnimon, flavor is much the same ,smooth as can be,some roastedness ,nicely done ,but you have to work to hard to get all the enjoyment HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
25 oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee. Dark black pour with thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, coffee. Some organic sugar. Flavor is mildy sweet, roasty, chocolate, coffee coating my mouth. Some dark fruits, some dry fruits. Medium bitterness from the roast, some hop presence. Really, really delicious. Viscous mouthfeel. Thick, coating on the palate. Finishes with a lot of roast and chocolate. Really impressed by this. I wasn’t really in the mood for an Impy Stout and this still impressed me. Wow. Great beer. HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2011
A pretty solid imperial stout that has good roasted grain, dark chocolate, slightly bitter hop finish. Not really interesting but still tasty. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Tasted on 3/20/11 from a 25oz bottle purchased at Discount Liquor. Pours oil black with a thick brown head that slowly recedes to thin lace, leaving residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is darkly roasted coffee with dark chocolate, molasses, and some nuttiness. The flavor is lightly sweet with molasses, prune, vanilla, moving to the more bitter and roasted notes of dark chocolate, and dried berries. The body is full with average carbonation and a long roasted and bitter chocolate finish. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2011
3rd March 2011
crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle shared at ACBS courtesy of Steptin. Cheers James! Opaque black beer, good thick tan head. Malty coffee nose. Light palate - soft and semi dry. Dark malt, splash of minerals. Lots of rich coffee - somewhat bitter. Mild alcohol heat in the finish which also reveals a trace of red fruit.
Lost my notes, but it is a nice, roasty one but with a nice sweetness. It pours a pitch black with a foamy tan head. drfabulous (7948) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle from Douglass88 as Secret Santa 2010. Chocolate, creamy, cocoa stout. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Not overly intense and overpowering, but a nice smooth feel (like Darkness). Very tasty. harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2011
Bottle thanks to Steptin at ACBF ’11. Black colour with lasting tan head. Coffee aroma. Touch of alcohol heat in the mouth. Very dark roasted flsbour both of malts and dark fruits. Ok RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Rather simple cocoa and charcoal aroma. Flavor is pretty tasty; very dark roasted notes, more charcoal. Medium bitter, charred finish, but pretty well integrated into the flavor as a whole. Pretty intense, but not altogether unpleasant. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2011 (22oz bottle marked 12/2009 via trade with sledutah, thanks Craig!) midnight black pour, extremely thick and very dark tan head. Nose of licorice, milk chocolate, bit of wood and smoke. Taste is a bit salty/umami when cold, licorice, very light touch of smoke, rich chocolate, oaky tannins, very rich linger, pretty complex and delicious overall. Medium to thick in body (finally a non-disappointing stout!) and great linger.