IndianaRed (2186) - 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.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to FlacoAlto for the bomber. Deep brown pour with a medium head. Fairly good retention. Aroma of roasted malts and bitter coffee. A highly hopped stout that you can feel on your tongue. Grassy, perfumy, piney hops.
A bit too hoppy for my tastes, but definitely more balanced than Black Sun. Alcohol is well masked. Nicely bitter aftertaste. Well done, especially if you like hoppy stouts.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black, very black, with a very thin brown head, takes a very strong pour to get any density. Big bitter coffee and bakers chocolate aroma. Hops were strong, a bit overpowering, but this was probably intended to age well, so the hops will eventually settle a bit. A big bitter chocolate taste, with some licorice in the finish. This was to bitter at the moment and still a bit hot with alcohol. This will probably improve really well with age.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with tan head. Aroma of fruit, chocolate, and roasted coffee. Big roasted flavor with hints of hops and chocolate. Finished on the harsher side. You can taste all 11% of this one. Bottle courtesy of wethrel.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some lactose-sweetness in the aroma, with roasted malts. Very non-complex and typical for the average Impy Stout. Pretty thin and not very smooth. Lots of caramel and cocoa in the flavor. The alcohol is pretty obvious.
notalush (4635) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yet another extra from footy (you rule, man!) - fizzy black beer, with a small ring of tan lace - aroma of wet ash, tobacco, leather - fairly high carbonation in the mouth - flavors of spent coffee grounds, tobacco, burnt brown sugar - rather high bitterness - ashy finish, with strong alcohol - a beer for people that eat steak at every meal and chew on cigars all day long - not my thing so much.
IrishBoy (3754) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from cbkschubert last year; Nose of chocolate, roasty smokiness, and light hopiness; opaque black with a virtually non exsistant head; flavor is bittersweet chocolate, licorise, and slight hop bitterness and alcohol lasting to the finish. Interesting but not great!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Upon its release from the 22 ounce brown bottle, the beer sets in the glass and soot black with a portly chocolate brown creamy head that slowly fades away leaving a thick coating of lace to obfuscate the glass. Nose has a large burnt grain aroma, bittersweet chocolate also present, and all backed up by a hint of malt and fusel alcohol, “Woo Hoo”, you gotta love it. Start is thick and chocolaty, heavy burnt grain and a definite alcohol bitterness, full in its feel to the palate. Finish is packed with hops and alcohol, the acidity pleasant. A “Stout Lovers Stout” this beer, and well worth a try.
NachlamSie (2647) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 Bomber from Wetherel. Thanks! Pours black. This is seriously black with no real head. The nose is rich and sweet with adequate roast to balance. I get nice undertones of dark fruits with spruce and faint forest. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and clingy. No real surprises in the way of flavor, but it’s completely solid. The viscous palate showcases dark chocolate, molasses, rum, and earthy coffee. Deep in the finish some hops struggle to come through and sparkle just a little with far-off pine and grapefruit. I really had to struggle to find it, but analyzing that lingering finish a few times triggered a connection to a hoppy American strong. This one is definitely all about the malts and is intense indeed. This is my favorite style and all the elements are here in a graceful, very bold package.