BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
crude oil in color with a thin lingering cocoa cocoa colored head. Aroma is a little off with medium malt content noted. Taste is thin, watery, and overall below average. Finish is short and non-descript.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz capped bottle, [2004 version, sampled October 2005]: jet black with a dense and persistent dusty chocolate cream. Dark cocoa and bitter coffee bean aroma with and burnt roasted nuttiness. Burnt carbon on the tongue, the freshness and sweet hop and chocolate caramel flavours have all but left this bottle. Creamy, milkiness on the palate. Strong coffee finish provides a spark as the evening drags on – you know that sweetness that coats that mouth after the first couple of sips of Joe in the morning; that is when you know you are ready to go! This one held up very well for more than a year, I have had too many that haven’t to know what a great feat that is. Well done!
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 Courtesy of Bockyhorsey.
Rich chocolate and mild coffee aroma. Deep purple/black with a thumb thick blue tinted mocha head. Extremely low alcohol for the style. Feels much more like a stout than an Imperial. But it still tastes good. Chocolate, mild coffee, medium bitterness and somewhat scottish peat flavored in the aftertaste. Not really an Imperial stout, but still a tasty, though thin in the middle, brew.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bittersweet marshmallow, cocoa and well roasted nutty malts dominate the nose. It pours an almost black hue, the head being foamy, brownish, mostly lasting. Sweet vinous juiciness (incidentally slightly sour) bring raisin reminiscent fruitiness, but the roastiness dominate. Rather bland (as in not really coffee or cocoa hinting) roastiness takes over and finishes it off rather quick. Quite mild flavor and mouthfeel wise yet the alcohol gets felt in the finish. The kind of beer that doesn’t really change at all as it warms. Not very impressed with this brewery so far..
ABUSEDGOAT (2267) - California, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ug. Pours a black body with a smallish head. Aroma is roasty with hints of coffee and chocolate. However, something about it felt weak. Then the flavor itself - WEAK. If this was a stout it would be a blah stout, but for an imperial stout this is pathetic. It’s almost watery. Roasty flavor with coffee and chocolate, but it’s weak and nearly watery. Pathetic for the style.
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 7, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Smoked, roasted peat-like aroma that is somewhat faint in nature. Roasts are apparent, though. Mostly opaque dark-brown/black with a small tan head. Roasted, burnt, bitter, bah, monotony cookie-cutter "imperial stout". Crap.
HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 Bottle (12oz). Poured almost opaque black with a big light brown/dark brown mixed rocky-creamy head. Aroma had tons of dark chocolate, deep roast malt, yeast (almost like mild cottage cheese), some winey fruits and plenty of loamy peat. Taste is very bitter, but in a metallic-soil way, some cream and chocolate and hops in the mix, but I can’t get the dirt out of my mind. It’s also quite dry and almost woody. Light bodied for the type, creamy and minerally. Starts really well, but it’s just a little too metallic-harsh for me to give it a big thumbs up; more of a strong porter than an Impy Stout
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown with a somewhat loose head. Lots of dried fruit in the aroma, particularly raisin, perhaps dates. Leading edge of the chocolate, but a very curious mix of flavours begins to disturb me. A little bit chemical and astringent, somewhat lactic in my opinion. Really not very enjoyable among imperial stouts.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2005
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
BOttle. Nose-prune, raisin, fig, dusty. Taste-amazingly dull, musty taste. After such a big nose, the flavor is amazingly flat. Finish is like cigarette smoke. Raw, raisin, rough taste.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’m not really sure what’s "Imperial" about this stout as it reminds me of Guiness and other basic stoutswith the exception of a mellow honey aftertaste.