DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask from the beer engine at Dilly Cafe. Labeled 6%. About 6oz poured into a snifter. Very dark fruity nose. Some light metallic. Some dubbel-type flavors. Belgian yeast? Dark brown, near-black color. Thin bubbly khaki head. Few dots and bits of lace. Soft, smooth, kind of chewy texture. Medium body. More dry finish. Some roast, dark fruit, belgian yeast in the aroma. Moderate sweet taste, a hint of tart taste. I think that’s what’s tasting off about it. Tastes like it’s been sitting around for a while -- makes sense, this being retired. Interesting to try, but very unlike the typical stout, not at all what I expected. Tartness comes out as it warms. Just how old is this cask? And was 6% really considered "imperial" back in the day, or is this a nod to the english-style?
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Abita Imperial Stout pours to a deep ebony color with a dense, creamy tan head and a soft carbonation. The nose is just jam packed with aromas. Waves of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, roast, piney hops, and peppery alcohol flood the nose. The palate is rich and heavy on the tongue with big, robust malt flavors. Flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, and a nice underpinning of licorice and vanilla coat the tongue. Abita Imperial Stout finishes with more big chocolate and espresso flavors up front, then ends with a piney hop and warming, soothing burn.
Wow. This is a very impressive version of Imperial Stout, stylistically very accurate, and more importantly, very delicious. I enjoyed this beer as a desert after my meal at Abita, but this beer would make a fantastic desert beer. When in Louisiana? Warm bread pudding with bourbon sauce. What else! If you ever find yourself in the New Orleans area, take the one hour journey on the causeway over Lake Ponchatrain, and visit the Abita Brewpub in Abita Springs, LA.
joeyc (3) - houma, Louisiana, USA - JUN 15, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I pretty much agree with johndo2000. Last time I visited the brew we also went to the pub. I tried it for the first time and was happy and disappointed. Happy that I was drinking a good beer from my state, and sad that I'd have to drive all the way from Houma to drink it again
JohnDo2000 (99) - Metairie, Louisiana, USA - JUL 17, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A MOST impressive stout. Took about ten minutes to poor (litterally), but worth every sip. Unfortunately it is only available at the Abita Brew Pub.
Very sweet and chocolaty taste. Fills you up quite quickly.
Heavy body and very malty. Make your way to abita springs to try it. It was formerly called the Jocomo stout, but it’s name has since been changed (along with a few changes to the recipee)