AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at Hunger Mountain Co-Op, Montpelier, VT. No bottle dating anywhere. This has been sitting in my clear since August. Hard to know how old it is. The beer poured a deep brown/ almost black color with thin tan head that only showed a ring around the snifter. Aroma is roasted malts with mild notes of chocolate and slight coffee. Mostly the same with some sugar upfront and mild licorice undertones. The hops are almost totally gone. Not a huge problem for me. The body leans on the full side with no ABV being detectable. Overall it’s a drinkable Impy stout, slightly above average. Nothing about it makes me want to run out and grab another bottle yet it does have some nice flavors.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purchased early 2009 or so; Sampled November 2012
A very vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a two-finger thick, lightly browned head. The beer is a concentrated brown, almost perfectly black color that doesn’t pass any light. The aroma smells of smooth, roasted / burnt prunes, touches of fruity alcohol, rich toasted nuttiness, and even some touches of sherry. There is a soft, almost mustiness to the nose, and as the beer warms up touches of roasted, dark, sweet rum, molasses, and perhaps a touch of licorice root are also noticeable.
Smooth, and only very faintly carbonated, the beer is a lot drier than the fruit nose might have suggested. Dry, bitter, roasted, and burnt in the finish, this offsets the hint of sweetness that is found up front. Rich, nutty, slightly sherry like oxidized malt notes add a nice roundness to this beer. A touch of chalky character is in the dark malt here, and there is a bitter, cold coffee roasted quality to the malt as well. Fruit flavors of burnt plums, concentrated raisins, and perhaps some touches of figs provide some interesting character. The beer is somewhat light bodied for an Imperial Stout, I reckon it has lightened up a bit with age, but there is some viscosity here that sits on the palate before it cleans up in the finish.
This has aged quite nicely over the years; it could certainly use some more carbonation, but the beer stands up pretty well without it.
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased at the Party Source. Darkest brown in color with a medium tan head. Malty and chocolatey nose with some roast. Malty and chocolatey flavor with a bit of alcohol before a roasty finish.
Patrickctenchi (3401) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, nearly no head....just a scattering of greyish soapy bubbles.
Aroma is chocolate, dark wine.
Taste is ashy chocolate, malt, licorice.
Dry, nice bittering....a bit of soy.
A very good stout.
Tmoney99 (10405) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share by Ray at Bengal Tailgate. Poured black color with an average creamy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, licorice, soy toffee aroma. Median to full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a solid beer.
b3shine (5134) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to taster. Looks good; a dull black with mocha lacing. Smells solid; malty, roasty, and a little nutty. Tastes the same with a good, slick mouthfeel. Good beer!
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a jet black with a small khaki head, and great lacing.
smell is of malt, powdered chocolate, and coffee.
taste is dry, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee, malt, a touch of licorice, and a little vanilla. ends dry and a little bitter. nice.
burg326 (3518) - Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle pours dark black, aromas of chocolate, light coffee, some toffee, light anise, and a touch of hops. Flavors are the same with a touch of soy sauce. Overall not a bad beer, would drink again.
Cooperii (61) - California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with no carbonation. Spicy hop aromas with slight maltyness, subtle sweet fruityness, undertones of fig, cherries and toffee. Strong hop flavors with malty undertones, there is a dark fruit sweetness to it (fig, chery) with a pleasant trailing bitterness. The finish: nice aroma, great flavor, not completely balanced but very good, extensive warmth from the 9%ABV, as the bottle warmed it slightly developed supper fine bubbles with hardly any lacing.
bluejacket74 (1263) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
633 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that stays around for a little while. Not much lacing. The aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and some coffee. The flavor is more bitter than I expected it to be since the aroma was sweeter. It tastes like dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and some licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating but it also seems thin for an imperial stout. The carbonation is low. I think it’s a solid brew, but I was disappointed in this one since the other Baird beers I’ve tried in the past I liked a lot. I’d like to try this again in the future, but I think I’ll wait a while before I do. $10.98 a bottle.