papat444 (136) - Carignan, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2017
Apperance: Dark, inpenetrable brown (almost black) body with a thick, gorgeous, cascading head.
Smell: A bit shy at first, but an aroma of chocolate with a whiff of brown sugar.
Taste: Wow, very silky and smooth, unabrassive. Malty with a touch of bitterness and some toffee in there.
Mouthfeel: Roasted tones with caramel. Smoothness prevails, great balance. There’s some coffee in there minus the coarseness. BeerdedDave (1875) - Beckley, USA - FEB 6, 2017
black; very nice, chocolaty, roasted malt aroma; great roasted malt flavor with chocolate notes and hints of coffee; really smooth for such a high gravity beer; bitter chocolate in the finish luttonm (6737) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. Rainy night tasting. Huge thanks to Chris for sending these to me awhile ago. Tasted side by side with the Bourbon version. Thin foam, dark red-brown edge, letting some light through. Deep chalky, bitter chocolate aroma. Lightest edge of sweetness. Smooth sip, bitter coffee and bitter chocolate. Roast malts, dry and toasty. There is a sweet element but it is dominantly bitter and roast. A little thin at times. But body is lovely crushed, freshly roasted coffee beans. Quite nice and a modestly unique modern imperial stout (that harkens back to older times). I really like it. SinH4 (6250) - Garching b. Mï¿½nchen, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2017
Bottle, thanks luttonm! Dark brown color with small tan head. Aroma is ashes, coffee, earthy, roasted malts, liquorice. Taste is the same flavours, but quite heavy on the liquorice. Dry and bitter roasted finish. Still full-bodied. Very well-made, though I’m not the biggest fan of liquorice in beers. unclefrito62 (347) - Stow, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2017
10 ounce draft at Winking Lizard Pennisula, Ohio. Smell the chocolate, sweet coffee, and plum. Lightly carbonated. smooth on the palate. Overall just a wonderful Stout.
ffaoe (912) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2017
malty, chocolately aromas. pitch black in color with decent brown head. fully body. taste is mostly of roasted barley and coffee, dark chocolate plays a lesser role in flavor. jjgmd (2248) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2016
With Audrie and Marissa, bottle at Big Bear, Coral Springs, pours a dark rich black pour with an ephemeral beige head. Nose is roasted malt, Java, burnt wood, black licorice. Taste is sweet bitter chocolate with roasted deep malt . Finishes sweetly on the same tasting notes with a rich chocolate dessert ending ! Nice !! Quaff Score 9 / 10 Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - JUL 12, 2016
Bottle, because this is a shelfy in my new neighborhood. Thick sexy black pour with creamy khaki head, decent retention, great lacing. Aroma: Plenty of roast coffee, backed by marshmallow, caramel, and a hint of dark fruit. Smells very nice - even with the implied marshmallow sweetness, my expectation is that this leans to the bitter roast side. Taste is ... disappointing. Lots of roast, bitter coffee, and metal, like sucking on a copper penny that I’d dropped into a can of Folgers and then for some reason put into my mouth. If that’s your thing, there’s no judgment here, but I’m just not into it. Palate: chalky texture, full body. Lasting, lingering rusty metal finish. Overall: I have a few more bottles in this 4-pack, so maybe my impressions will change over the rest of this. As it is, maybe I’m a victim of my own high expectations for this one. JHeath99 (1680) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle shared by Brian. Pours a dark opaque black with a layer of dark tan head. Aroma and taste of coffee, super roasted malts. tnkw01 (1800) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2016
Bottle. Very dark brown, almost black. With a small tan head. Aroma is rotated grains and coffee. Taste is burnt toast and dark coffee with a bitter finish.