tillmac62 (740) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 18, 2017 ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at Chris_o’s Shindig: Plenty of dates, coffee, grapes, and cellar aromas; roasty, initially, complex chocolate and creosote, caramel, earthy hop flavors; creamy palate.....just wonderful.
BBD 4/18. Pours pitch black, just like a stout should. Outstanding head volume, quite outstanding retention but the lacing is only good.
Outstanding, but typical, nose for a stout. The base has a light sweetness with notes of malt and caramel. Chocolate is subtle while dark chocolate / cocoa is more evident. Roast is present but very little char. Coffee is the primary component but remains subtle. As it warms, a touch of fig is noted.
The body is light full and is deceptively oily and creamy from mid-palate on. The result is a sensation of the body becoming "fuller" as it progresses. The carbonation / body balance is very good but lacks the effervescence to aid flavor separation. However, the lack of prickly carbonation allows for the body to be deceptively "fuller". On balance, the mouthfeel is outstanding.
The flavor profile is outstanding. Balance is world class and results in a very smooth beer flavor wise. Complexity is outstanding while intensity is very good. It begins with roast which quickly yields to coffee. The middle has a light sweetness that allows bitter dark chocolate / cocoa to emerge. Very subtle fig notes emerge as the chocolate fades. Then come the heavy hitters of the stout world - leather and tobacco - that give a RIS some punch. As the finish approaches, alcohol becomes uncovered and provides the typical flavor distraction and astringency. The finish is a slow fade of slightly sweet caramel, leather and tobacco that gives that nice burn at the back of the throat. Unfortunately, the alcohol is also present and the astringency lingers. Aurelius (5379) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2017
Hard-to-read label on a standard 12oz longneck. Burnt 10w-40 pour with a small, medium tan head. Chalky, milky, baker’s chocolate and roast aroma, fairly sweet and alcohol-vaporous. Sugary roast up front, a little tarry, the spotlight is on the bittersweet cocoa. Warms the esophagus. Finishes out with sturdy roast, pencil shavings and modeling clay (childhood memory)/chocolate cookie dough. Respectable. Market Square Liquors. glennmastrange (2883) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2017 Bottle. Moderate to heavy toasted, coffee, bitter chocolate and molasses for the malt, light herbs for the hops, moderate dough and leather for the yeast, with a hint of tar and charred wood in the background. Head is small, wispy, light brown, with fair lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy, with a soft carbonation and a drying finish. Nice Imperial Stout, a little out of balance in the flavor, but it?s deep, dark and rich overall. Beerdedone (3408) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle. Pours black with a thick tan head that left good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Flavor was smooth and creamy with roasted malts, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit and subtle molasses. altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2016
Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine and Liquor. Dark brown, black body with medium, mocha head. Nose is malty, molasses and chocolate. Taste is coffee for sure, with malts and rich dark chocolate. Fizzy, but smooth texture. Warming in the finish. Good stuff.
Nejhleader (1562) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2016
Nice chocolate aroma. Has a nice creamy texture. Chocolate, toffee, coffee and roast malt flavors. Nice brew Maxbier (999) - Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2016
Dark pour with dark brown head. Sweet roast aroma with notable alcohol and cocoa. Dark roasty malt flavors up front. Cocoa and coffee bitterness in the middle and followed by dark chocolate and creamy linger. DocJitsu (1996) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Pours a thick, extremely dark brown with an ample, creamy, burnt meringue colored head. Very dark roast aromas. Cooked grease, olive, alcohol, chocolate, and some fruit. Thick on the palate. Chocolate, coffee, faint cherry, and wood are all noted in the flavors. Some sweetness, but roasted heartiness dominates. Finishes with green olive. brigg (691) - New York, USA - JUL 1, 2016
(Bottle) Black body with a small, diminishing tan head. Sweet, malty, dark roasted aroma with dried fruit and chocolate. Flavor has chocolate, dark dried fruit, and licorice. Medium body. Bitter finish. Jabah (500) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2016
Every now and then you run into that IPS that you label as "Soy-sauce beer". This is one of those occasions. Aroma is soy sauce. Flavor leans towards the sweet side, but offset by some burnt sugar and other dark/bitter chocolate notes. Not the best balance though. Alcohol not hidden that well. Tastes decent, but based on the style it is below average.