HonusWagner (1048) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 Count me in the "like" camp on this extremely roasty stout. If you strip it of the imperial label and judge it on the basis of a more traditional stout, it is solid with a roasty flavor and dry palate. Little or no depth. Tasty enough to drink again.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Dark brown in color with a tall khaki head. The nose is way off for a beer like this. Lemon and intense lactic acidity up front. Lots of raisins, too. Acidic and acrid roast with a char character, too. The flavor is just as bad. Sour and lemony with intense char/roast/burnt flavors, too. Obviously not what was intended, but thatís what it is.
JohnnyJ (3894) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at tasting. Deep brown pour, almost black, with bubbly light tan head. Flavor dominated be roasted malt, with some cocoa, and burnt coffee. Fairly dry and light for an imperial stout.
bensbrews (22) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
750mL bottle. Good pour nice head, roasty chocolate flavor. A nice bitter and nutty flavor as well. Some coffee at the core. Medium-bodied and way too carbonated on the palate, a bit dry and not as full body as I would like. Not a great IS but still good worth trying out for sure.
Brewbie (432) - New York, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
growler from the brewery. dark black pour with a lasting tan head. big aroma of roast and chocolate. smooth tasting, cocoa, dry roasty finish.
emacgee (3746) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Pretty nice pour, dark black with two fingers of chestnut brown head. Nose shows some muted chocolate and coffee and mild roasty notes over a light sweetness. Flavor is pretty similar, not too terribly impressive but unoffensive. I think of this more as a strong stout than an imperial one.
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 16/09/2010
As King Rat Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Roast aroma. Black a little rich on the palate and hoppy with a hint of dryness in a crisp and bitter burnt roast finish.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL bottle. Poured very deep brown with a tall, fluffy cap of rich brown head.. looked very good in the glass. The aroma picked up brighter cherry and vinegary notes that indicated a potential infection.. toasted oats, vanilla bean, and semi-sweet chocolates supported.. quite intriguing, despite the potential bugs. The flavor was fairly well in line with the nose.. sweeter black patent malts, chocolate, and some coffee at the core, with cherry vinegar character emanating outward.. tangy, especially on the back-end.. essence of toasted pecans if you dig really deep.. still, the infection hurt this a whole lot. Medium-bodied and way too carbonated on the palate.. if this was supposed to be a sour stout, I probably wouldíve given it a slightly better score, but it wasnít a very enjoyable drink.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sams. Thanks to Chuck for sharing. Dark pour with a thin beige head. Aroma is roasty with subtle hints of candi sugar. Flavor is molasses, liquor ice and roast.
Ajalbert (11) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours black with a brown head. chocolate and roasty flavors. Very smooth and no alcohol bite despite the high ABV.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a black deep bruin body with a tan head, and thick lacing. Dark coffee notes, licorice, and caramel. Burnt malt tones, with a roast y bitterness and oatmeal body. Solid offering.