BuckeyeBoy (8470) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle Pours out a ink black topped with a brown head. Aroma of milk chocolate sweetness along with a nice rich roast malt. Tast was of more sweet chocolate and a nice blend of coffee. A nice little bitter hop on the end. This brew almost lived up to the hipe. Very tasty. piscator34 (2647) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 22, 2009
Bottled sample via DalzAle (huge thanks for this one!). Jet black in colour with moderate carbonation. Herbal and slightly grapefruity hops upfront on the nose, followed by notes of rich chocolate and smooth caramel malts. Flavors are of chocolate covered fruit, more citrus + spice, mild coffee, and a creamy vanilla sweetness. Heavy in the mouth and sweet, but without being cloying. Fans of heavily roasted imperial stouts might not like this, but I really enjoyed it. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Generously shared by Cletus at his Chinese New Year’s celebration... thanks John! Poured a thick velvet onyx with a tall dark brown fluffy head. Rich aroma of sweet and bitter chocolate, some vinous fruits, some candy sugar, and a touch of citrus hops. Flavor is fairly sweet with predominantly dark fruit notes, with lots of dark cherry and molasses with perhaps some honey wheat bread lingering in the background. The finish leads to notes of bitter citrus rind and pine hops, somewhat balancing the sweetness and adding some dryness to the beer. Body is quite soft... neither cloying nor thick. The dark fruit in this almost gives it a barley wine feel, which surprised me. Well crafted for sure, though maybe not the type of imperial stout I am inclined to enjoy most.
Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Bottled version, thanks to whoever brought this to the Strong Ale Fest. Aroma of dark cocoa, coffee/espresso, dark chocolate sweetness, toffee and just a touch of hop. Opaque black in color with a fine head. Flavor features more strong dark chocolate, espresso, smoky grains, brown sugar/toffee and molasses, overall quite sugary. Syrupy and thick on the palate, almost viscous, body is of course very full. Good stuff to be sure, but far from the best example of the style in my opinion as it is pretty one-sided. The residual sugars utterly bury whatever amount of hops got this to 85 IBUs. Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2009
2008 Bottle. Chocolaty sweet, kind of like a beer float. Great density and consistency, very smooth. Taste is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, and bread. Not unusual tastes, but a great arrangement of them. But really the feel of the stout is best part.
SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Sampled at the Bockyhorsey tasting, there were several bottles of this and I am not sure who provided the one that got opened, but thanks! Thick black pour with a nice creamy brown head. Lots of roasted malt, grain and coffee in the aroma, along with a touch of fruit, chocolate and hops. Flavor is complex and fantastic. Big and roasty but not overpowering the fruit or the nice hoppy finish. Truly a wonderful impy stout! nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
2008 bottle, tasting at The Bruery. An excellent R.I.S. reminiscent of Dark Lord more than anything else. Black, thick, and oily with a roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate aroma. Flavor is excellent: roasted malts, coffee, cherries, raisins, other dark fruits, molasses, and chocolate. Complex, as you can tell based on the last sentence. Sweet and syrupy with low carbonation. I strongly approve. hrking (141) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Wow popped a bottle last night for GBS#169 and wow all I can say is try this beer. The flavors just keep coming. Creamy smooth desert stout with fudge chocolate goodness.Dark Lord bow down to the Darkness. This is hands down one of the best stouts I have ever tasted! Alcohol well hidden and dangerously drinkable. This is a must try for any beer connoisseur! Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle shared by Daknole thank you Dak. Pitch black, tan head. Robust deep black chocolate and roasted coffee aroma. Perfectly velvet palate slides right down. Gorgeous sweetness rounds out the finish, and lingering coffee is pure, unadulterated and sophisticated. Definitely a superlative beer worthy of accolades. Oakes (18794) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
Pretty close to black. Aroma of milk chocolate, light hazelnut and really smooth espresso (think Epic pulled from a Synesso). Sweet, sugary with a rich Turkish coffee accent. The body is heavy but silky. Nice brew.