Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22-oz. bottle--Poured a thin black-brown body with a thick tan head. Nose of burnt malts and chocolate. Flavor was peaty and rich. Extremely toasty and robust. Alcohol well hidden, but comes out at end when brew warms up. Very good!
ChainGangGuy (4229) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with an incredibly thin, off-white head.
Smell: Unsweetened chocoate and scorched coffee along with chimney soot and smoke. Also, there’s a hefty amount of citrusy grapefruit befitting an IPA.
Taste: Dark chocolate with a brief, fleeting sweetness. After that, it’s a conveyor belt of flavors - charred fruits, pipe ash, and forgotten coffee grounds. Overabundance of citrus hops. The strong hop bitterness couples with a sharp roasted quality that borders on being astringent. Ashen, distinctly alcoholic finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: This beer was a debacle. Excessively hopped and needlessly astringent, to me, these qualities don’t make for an enjoyable imperial stout.
DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to cbkschubert for this one. I love the label. Pours a shade or two shy of jet black with 3-fingers of deep brown head and tons of lace. This one looks thick and oily as it pours, which is always a good sign. The aroma is molasses, dark patent malt, heavy chocoff, some hops, and mild cognac. Tastes chocolate malty, with big molasses, dark chocolate, some coffee, some backup hops, and some cognacy heat as it warms. The palate is rich, complex, and well balanced for this style, and I enjoyed the solid dose of hoips throughout. I loved this one, and I’d gladly pay or trade top dollar to drink it again.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m a bit disappointed in the fact that the beer’s label says it’s from New Mexico but apparently it’s from Oregon? And here I was thinking I’d be able to check of a beer from New Mexico (I’ve already got plenty of beers from Old Mexico). The beer pours out suprisingly still. I mean really still with basically no head. I like head. Head is good so when you have no head, can that still be good? Anyways, the aroma is slightly boozey, a roasted smokeyness, licorice and figs as well as the expected sweet malts. Alcohol also permeates the senses. Appearance is jet black but due to not having any head, it gets a few points knocked off. Medium body. Flavors of roasted malts, coffee, scorched chocolate, alcohol and dark fruits. Not a world class stout, but still tasty.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Black, tan head and lacing. Nose of caramel, molasses, licorice, jaggery, some oak and nutty marshmallow. The impact is strong, huge sweet and bitter bite, plenty of alcohol but it blends rather seamlessly. The finish is creamy and chalky, a nice full body in the tail. Complex though, I need another go at this one before I can get the full details.
aracauna (2922) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful, very hoppy smell with dates. Pepper and citrus along with a bit of ash. The roastiness has a bit of conflict with the hops, though. This is a very hoppy imperial stout. I’d love to see that hop profile on a brown ale, though.
greenhorn1 (727) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz from bottletrek.com. Pours thick as oil, low carbonation, zero head. There is a unique charred aroma along with undertones of coffee. Flavor is roasted barely, chocolate, coffee, and like the aroma, a burntness. I love the hop infusion on this one, it definitely makes the beer that much more complex. Unlike the pour, the body is thinner than I expected, but it works. Awesome stout. I cannot wait to try some other beers from Beer Valley.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Motor oil pour with a slow to develop brown head. Pungent hop aroma with roasted barley and coffee. Huge hop flavor supported by acrid, burnt , toffee and coffee flavors. Ever so smooth palate with some sweetness that helps the medicine go down. Long oily and resinous finish. Little alcohol flavor. Awesome stout. From reading other ratings it seems that this beer is not consistent. Either that or my palate is different than most.
IndianaRed (2036) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Deep dark black with a coarse spotty tan head. Roasted and dark leather. Eaethen and coffee notes as well. Flavor is roasted and coffee. Quite strong bitterness and the body is a bit thin. Carbonation a soft. Hoping for a bit more from a local outfit.
Named aftet a pestacide....I was forewarned.
Thanks Jordan for sharing.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. The flavor has some plum / dark fruit, roasted coffee, with a pretty acidic finish.