jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Growler purchased at the brewpub. A very nice and flavorful stout without being overpowering. Alcohol well hidden.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Hand bottle from jeremy. Thanks for going through all that it took to get your mitts on the bottle. I have been waiting for many years to get my dick beaters on this. Pours an absolute Ebony with a lighter tan, creamy head. This is very close to Expedition Stout in many ways which makes me realize how lucky I am to have this. Nose and taste in very complex, loads of coffee and molasses. Creamy and smooth for the ABV. Wow, a great RIS. Thanks again Jeremy! Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2010
GABF 2010. Finally got a chance to try this beer after wanting it for about 8 years. Pours a nice big oily pitch black with some thin head- lasting. Aroma is oily, licorice, light smoke, big roast, big black dark chocolate, bittersweet, medium fruitiness- plum, raisin, dates. Flavor is coffee, roast, chocolate, fruits, almost get a woody oaky bourbon character, although not sure if this is BA? Inky plum, viscous body, vanilla, chocolate, some sweet molasses with a bitter finish and alcohol heat. GOod! jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Growler at RBSG ’06. Black color with a small tan head. Nice dark roasted malt aroma with lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee. Flavor was roasted malts, chocolate and molasses with a warming alcohol finish. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Draft at the Dog and Pony. This is great stuff, but it’s very clearly chosen one side of the aisle. Pours a deep opaque black with a relatively brief thick moussy tan head. Smells sweet and syrupy. Is sweet and syrupy. Tastes sweet and syrupy. Thick body, but not sticky or chewy. Syrupy, in fact. Licorice, chocolate, some toffee and molasses. Anise. A little phenol as it warms. Not very much a differentiated beer; it’s a celebration of the unconverted sugars in big stouts. A Russian Imperial Cordial, if you will. Tasty and fun to drink, but a pint was probably a bit much. Laura didn’t seem to mind her mistake in pouring ’em that way, though, even when her boss showed up hours later and happened to mention that it’s best served in goblets. We didn’t mind either. This is probably the Northwest Mephistopheles.
pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Growler compliments of Indiana_Red. Dark, dark color with a powerful growing flavor. You can definitely sense the alcohol in this beauty. Flavors of dark chocolate and prunes followed by some burnt notes and a little burn. The aroma is sweet and inviting. The aftertaste leaves a pleasant mild choco flavor on the tongue tempting you to go back for another sip. Thanks a bunch Indiana_Red for driving safely while tired to get this brew back to Boise! JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Mason jar (!) from SamuraiArtist - thanks, Ezra! Straight from Belmont Station, this one is a lovely, viscous, and complex RIS that holds up nicely with some of the better versions of the style. Oily black, with a satisfying mix of malt sweetness, mild bourbon and chocolate notes, and a modest roast through the middle. It’s got a hefty body, as is appropriate, but is just slightly lacking in carbonation - not a big problem with this style, but I wonder if the brew has suffered a bit in its journey to me. Would love to try it fresh, but as is it’s still an awesome RIS. arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2008 Re-Rate. GABF 2007. Slowly rising brown head with wonderfully slow and deep full sub-surface "racing." Smell: cabernet, diacytl a little bit, strawberries. Full and slick in the mouth, but the flavors seem kind of flat: chocolate is not rich and expansive, the toffee is just kind of there. Not bad, but not impressive. I’ve adjusted the score downward from the previous rating. 7/5/7/4/15 = 3.8
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Original Rating. GABF 2004; tasted then, rating from notes taken then. Great imperial stout. Buttery malts on the smell, deep but also sweet. Same carries over into the taste, caramel in there with the somewhat roasty chocolate. Awesome hops kick in the finish (not roasty, but almost tangy and definitely bitter), but turns a bit thin there too; otherwise, full body and feel. Very nice. 8/5/9/4/17 = 4.3
Sampled at the Great American Beer Festival on September 17, 2010. Dark, solid black color, medium brown head. Aroma is malty, but with only a hint of roast. Quite a surprise as it hits the palate… extremely sweet with light roasted malts. You can detect the alcohol... for sure. Has some sort of weird fruit-like character to it... cherry almost. fcjack1 (272) - Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2014
On tap at the Red Hot. Black, thin tan head. Scent is dark chocolate. Taste is pretty hoppy. A little cherry. Tasty beer.