RRistow12 (870) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Tasted from the bottle. Pours black with a khaki head. Great aroma of coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, nuts. Taste is moderately bitter with a moderate sweet malt backbone. Flavors of cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, caramel, maple syrup. Pretty well done.
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22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted oats, dark bread, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, vanilla, light char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted oats, dark bread, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, vanilla, light char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted oats, dark bread, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, vanilla, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and spice flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and spice balance, with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/spice bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible coffee/spiced imperial stout! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and spice flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. Really great balance between cinnamon roll and coffee stout flavors. A highly enjoyable offering. TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Pours an opaque dark brown with khaki colored head, very thick pour. Coffee, cinnamon rolls, chocolate, vanilla, and nuts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied and viscous. Finishes with some sweetness and nuttiness to go along with the cinnamon roll. bigda83 (854) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2016
2015 vintage from trade with jbruner a while back. Poured black with a thin bubbly tan head. Aromas pop out with coffee, cinnamon, and chocolate. Flavor had cinnamon powder at the front for me, coffee mixes in, then is followedby chocolate and vanilla notes. Full body, oily texture, lively carbonation, and a nice smooth finish. DiarmaidBHK (4907) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2016
Bottle. Pours black with a thin khaki head. leaves some lacing in the glass. Big coffee notes on the nose. big roasted malt on the tongue along with the cinnamon and the coffee. Hides its booze well. Is sweet without being cloying, Nice example of style, Definitely a nice way to commemorate number 4000!
Bacterial (2999) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2016
Small taster pour (ok, it was the last oz in the bottle). Dark, syrupy, cinnamon, coffee and roasted malt nose. Pretty good taste, but the coffee bitterness kind of conflicts with the sweetness. DCLawyer (2845) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Bomber->snifter. Deep brown with small tan head. A: strong coffee, some cinnamon spice, licorice. T: sronger cinnamon presence, with coffee, chocolate, malt, toffee. Nice. slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 21, 2016
1st off, the pour looks absolutely luxurious. Big near black body with big pillowy brown everlasting head. The nose is quite rich - more coffee and chocolate than cinnamon, perhaps a touch too sweet? Not to a fault, and the cinnamon comes out nice on the palate. I’d probably prefer the base, but this is great, too. benpickens (512) - Camarillo, California, USA - MAR 16, 2016
Pours opaque black with creamy off white head; cinnamon fruitcake on nose; complex with extremely long finish jflopsu (1617) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Pours black with thick dark brown head. Has a sweet malt aroma with coffee and sweet sugar. A smooth beer that starts with coffee and changes to a sweet icing and with hints of cinnamon. A great strong aftertaste with linger coffee and malts. It is not that overwhelming of a taste. If a bi stronger, it would have been even better!