muzzlehatch (4963) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2017 BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from miketd, thanks man. Poured a deep brown-black color with a moderate, tight tan head that faded to a thin layer and left some spotty lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, nougat, espresso, a light roasted maltiness, a moderate dark fruitiness including light plum and fig, and even a touch of smoke. Smooth, sweet entry with some light hints of dark fruit (plum and dark cherry) that leads into a chocolate maltiness before giving way to a moderate roastiness that lingers lightly into the finish with more undertones of dark fruit that are paired with a soft smokiness that imparts a light dryness. Low carbonation and smooth, slick mouth feel that are offset somewhat by a light dryness on the finish. Overall, a really nicely crafted imperial stout where one aspect doesn’t really dominate the flavor, but a number of good characteristics combine to create an exceptionally smooth, well balanced beer.
12 ounce bottle from Winerak Market in Zanesville, OH, served slightly below cellar temp in a Maudite glass. Opaque jet with a moderate diminishing light tan bubbly head, little lacing or residue left in the glass....aroma of cigarette ash, dates, vanilla, more smoky and toasty than anything else though some lovely cookie-malt notes do present themselves after a couple of nosings....on the tongue, quite roasty and fairly bitter, velvety-soft and lightly syrupy and quite thick on the palate, with an exquisite light sweetness running all the way through, like a bar of milk chocolate slowly melting in a cup of dark chocolate and espresso; it’s just the perfect light touch of sugar to take the edge off the bitterness, and it carries through to a fine bittersweet chocolate finish...low to moderate carbonation throughout, virtually no flavor or aroma of alcohol. A nice surprise; I expected it to be decent as these guys haven’t made much that I’ve disliked, but this is really terrific and hits my particular sweet spot for the style pretty much dead on. Drake (13954) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2016
12 ounce bottle from the brewery, shared at the Aug. 2016 Monticello Dairy Bottle Share, 8/1/16. Dark brown, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, caramel, tobacco. The taste is chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, tobacco. Medium bodied, mild booze. Chalumeaux (1570) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer dark cola pour with nice lacing and a minimal head. Aromas of burnt molasses dark fruit and hint of chocolate. Taste has a nice mouth feel notes of chocolate coffee and molasses. WillRunForBeer (2675) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Bomber from a trade long ago. Probably 2 years on this bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Aroma is molasses, fig. Flavor is molasses, a hint of dark chocolate, licorice. A touch of green pepper in the finish. AirForceHops (7334) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 30, 2016
22 oz Bottle shared by Willrunforbeer, awesome! Ticking some Impy stouts!!! No bottle but it was pulled from Willrunforbeer’s cellar. Aroma is. Burnt sugar, molasses, raisins, mild roast.
DialSquare (5065) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2015
The flavor has burnt grain, burnt coffee. Bitter chocolate. Way more bitterness than should be here. Not sure if age has anything slightly off with this.mThe body and texture is also on the thin side. I just have a very high standard for imperial stout. This doesn’t really meet it.
Draft pint at Ohio Taproom: black pour, tan head. aroma of big roasty chocolate. tastes are light licorice, smoke, bitter chocolate. creamy palate. covers alcohol well. nice - 7.6
GnarlyGnome (770) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Roastiness is the first thing that I could think with this one...it’s a thick roasted aroma that carries itself into the flavor very well. Very smooth with a big flavor. Very Good. dnstone (3430) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Deep chocolate-brown in color with tan head. Dry flavor; malty, chocoaltey flavor. Rich roasted chocolate aroma.
Notes: GABF ’13
Also, check out videos on the Tunguska AAA system...quite humorous. pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Aroma: Roasted and toasted malts, like fresh ground coffee.
Appearance: Dark black with a minimal tan head.
Taste: Slight sweetness balanced by a light bitterness.
Palate: Full body, average carbonation, dry texture, long dry finish.
Overall: Rich, dry stout. Well balanced and developed. nathan30533 (1020) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2014
This one is a gem. Let warm to the appropriate temp and set back and enjoy the explosion of flavor. Coffee and chocolate truly dominate this beer. Tasty!!!