falco242 (398) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2012 Pours a dark, deep brown with a slight head. Dark chocolate & fig flavor with a sweet finish. Doesn?t hide alcohol flavor at 8.6% but a nice stout overall. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
On tap at GABF. Pours with a pitch black body and a large, proud tan head. Aromas of chocolate, floral hops, roasty, raisins, tar and chocolate. Flavors are a bit grainy, roast, rich chocolate, some alcohol. Caramel. Medium bubbles, medium to full bodied. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Draft at GABF. Pours a deep black with brown at the edges and a dark brown head. Nose is cocoa, faint vanilla and molasses. Also pick up some prune notes as well as big roast. On tasting, it’s on the sweeter side, touch fruity and then the cocoa takes over. Medium-full body. Finish is dry enough, booze is held back. Decent. onceblind (9859) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2011
GABF 2011. Pitch black with a light tan frothy head. Aroma of roasty chocolate malt and some candy sweetness. Flavor is big, rich. Chocolaty and roasty with a coffee tone in there too. Big body complimented the high ABV, made this a nice sipper. What a find! Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
On tap at Town Hall in August 2009.
Pours a deep, deep black--one through which no light escapes. The head is quite large given the style. Good lacing. The smell is that of chocolate, plenty of roasted malt, a little bit of vanilla, and some anise to round it out. The taste is much the same with a little bit of hop bitterness and coffee. The mouthfeel is fairly full and quite creamy. This is very drinkable for the style and would love to be able to age some of this myself.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-01-2009
nickd717 (4701) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Growler shared by largadeer on BA, which came from mothman on BA.
Pours pitch black with a thick tan head fading to a foam layer with good lacing.
Aroma is nice and roasty with coffee and dark chocolate. Some hops noticeable. Fairly intense.
Flavor is a little rough but great. Very roasty and chocolatey with bitter coffee and piney hops. Just a little unbalanced.
Medium-full body with lots of hop oils and a long finish.
Really solid stuff overall. Not quite as good as the -bal aged version, but great nonetheless. kbutler1 (1381) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Growler. Have had this both on tap and in a growler. Very tasty. Pours a deep brown/black with a tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. Very smooth is really a good description of this. I expected this to be good as it is the base for Czar Jack. Balanced. mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2010
On tap. Pours jet black with a brown head. Aroma of black licorice, and a hint of coffee. Tastes of black licorice and hops. Gives way to coffee flavors and a slight chocolate finish. Solid impy. Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2009
(on tap at the brewpub) Pours black with a scant tan head. The aromas are initially of light piney hops, molasses, chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Further warming provides more ester smells (apple, banana), and this mixes with the alcohol to create an unpleasant scent, so I have to take the score down a bit. The flavor was full of chocolate, anise, roasted coffee, and a vinous flavor coupled with some dark berry skin. The finish was full of dark roasted coffee and contained a light bitterness. Mouthfeel was full, and carbonation was smooth. Yet another impressive imperial stout from TH. arminjewell (9688) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Poured oily black with a deep caramel head that laced well. 10 oz goblet, smelled of deep chocolate and faint coffee, tasted of lots of chocolate with a sweet malt backbone that bittered a bit at the end. Excellent creamy mouthfeel.