Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice sweetness and a touch of anise in the background. Light roast and backing milk chocolate. Bit of dark fruit as it warms. Viscous.
Strife21 (338) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tank thick head. Smell is smoked malt, burnt wood, chocolate and coffee notes. Taste is creamy, milk, toasted malt marshmallow and chocolate. Medium body light carb.
callmemickey (4381) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More than a year and a half later, this is still holding up fairly well. Black bodied with a thin tan head and spotty lacing. Roast, dark chocolate, fading coffee, caramel, and a hint of earth. Medium to full bodied with gentle carbonation and a rounded finish.
ClarkVV (6100) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Kramer, thanks Jason! Drunk on 1/28/14
Dark tan head tops a deep magenta tinged mahogany body. Transluscent around the edges. Head is initially large and creamy, receding to cover and lasting.
A huge wine-like aroma wafts out of the glass as I was pouring, making me wonder if this was wine-barrel aged....Nope, just amazingly vinous! It fades somewhat, or rather, a sweet chocolatiness catches up to it, combining to produce notes of dark fruit and espresso. Some light tobacco/ashiness and very little booziness, with a medium-high to high strength of aroma.
Flavor is right up there with the aroma. I believe this beer is about a year old and it’s in a great place right now. Hops have faded to just a juicy, lightly citric bitterness in the background, not really getting in the way of the bitter roasted barley. Maltiness provides just enough balance without sweetening the beer too much, and plentiful ashiness, vanilla, prunes and dark chocolate dance on the finish. Light carbonation, medium bodied, somewhat watery, which is good for drinkability, but not really something I’m looking for in this style.
Very much like Expedition indeed, I agree. Not quite the body/mouthfeel of that one (this is quite a bit more watery), and without the overall elegance of the best bottles of Expedition (a bit too much alcohol and burnt chocolate notes) but the fact that it’s in that wheelhouse is pretty impressive.
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - AUG 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-17-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – The beer is served a black color with a one finger cola brown head. The head fades relatively fast to give a good level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is a sweet blend of light chocolate, vanilla and molasses. Mixed with these smells are notes of a a earthy and citrus hop , some coffee and a very light bourbon smell.
Taste – The taste is on the sweeter side overall, but is nicely balanced by roasted and malty flavors as well. It begins with flavors of a dark brown bread mixed with molasses and brown sugar sweetness. A sweet chocolate cake flavor mixed with vanilla come to the tongue. Some more roasted malt accompanied by a lighter earthy hop flavor as well as a good bourbon alcohol flavor come to the tongue at the end, and with the sweet leave a very satisfying roasted boozy sweet flavor to linger on in the mouth.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a rather average carbonation level . The creamy body is nice for the darker, sweet and bourbon flavors of the brew allowing them all to linger and be fully sensed by the tongue.
Overall –This is one fantastic imperial stout. It has a nice blend of sweet, malt, roast, booze and hop. I hop they make this more then just a rotation. Troegs needs a good permanent imperial stout and I think they have it with this one. Delicious.
Apache (63) - Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours initially with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Roasted grain in the aroma. Slight booziness and coffee in the new taste. Not as thick and rich as Hunaphu, nor as spicy.
alobar (3637) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full-bodied coal black pour with aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Roasted malt and coffee flavor with dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and some raisin and fig. Great beer.
odinstyr (761) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a thick light brown head. Smells of chocolate, floral hops. Taste is sweet followed by bitter - intense chocolate, very floral hops - big bitter finish.
j12601 (9798) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at new years. Pours a deep dark brown with a thin tan head. Roast and cocoa, chocolate, coffee. Medium bodied, cocoa, roast, chocolate. Lots of chocolate, cocoa. Lingering roast and chocolate.
Ratman197 (13904) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate and dried fruit. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate and light coffee with a smooth lingering roasty chocolate finish.
ryanscourt (1381) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice chocolate finish. Slight hops. Very smooth and creamy. Good fruit like note.