Nephilium (1248) - Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly sweet aroma, touch of oak, and an almost sour off aroma. Pours a dark black, with ruby highlights available at the edges of the glass, has a large head that fades down, leaving great lacing behind. Taste has a touch of coffee and oak. Very watery mouthfeel. Not bad... but not something I’m going out of my way to get more of.
dmac (3688) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a bubbly thin black with a froth very very light beige head. Aroma of overlly sweet chocolate, some underlying cooked vegtables and oats. The palate was about the only thing right with this beer with a mediu body and a smooth thick mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Flavor starts off very buttery with hints of chocolate. As this beer warms the flavor improves to bad I after the first few sips I dumped the rest of the bottle out. Yet another underwhelming beer from an underwhelming company.
ABUSEDGOAT (2265) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour, tan head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is roast, coffee, oats, some chocolate and if you search you can find hints of oak. I’m guessing oak chips, not barrels as the oak character lacks and doesn’t feel genuine. Medium to light body. Not bad.
chef201atc (261) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark our that is barely penetrated by light. Small tan covering of bubbles. Subdued woody and roasty nose. Palate is medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Good roasty/smoky flavor with a fairly bitter finish.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I really didn’t care for this at first...it was sulfury in smell, and didn’t taste great. But as I finished it, for some reason I thought it terrific.
The body of this beer is an opaque black with a sticky lace-intensive head. Aroma was sweet, but had a lot of sulfur that smelled like a multivitamin. There was a chocolate flavor mixed with over-roasted coffee. Mouthfeel wasn’t bad, but was a bit rough. Took me a little while to warm up to this beer, but in the end, it was quite good.
I would recommend this beer. This is the best Boulder Beer I’ve tried.
CapFlu (4311) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Purchased at Whole Foods in Seattle for $6.99. Near opaque with a lasting thin beige head. Nose of cold coffee and milk. Very sweet flavour with a gritty tart hop and sour milk finish. Nice.
MatchesForHire (25) - Westborough, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours black with a loose tan head. Aroma is of cold black coffee with a very subtle sour off-note. Flavor comes on with a head full of smoke, toasted wood, coffee, and a strage fruity ester. Bitter hop finish with a hint of alcohol. Medium-bodied, maybe a little on the light side for a beer whose name implies "Imperial Stout". Altogether it’s a beer that looks like a stout, feels like a stout, but smells and tastes like an experiment with stout.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pitch black with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. The nose is of milk chocolate with hints of cola and vanilla. Full-bodied and creamy with restrained carbonation. Medium sweet, moderately burnt and bitter; the flavor offers up chocolate and charcoal with a whisper of vanilla. Chocolaty, bittersweet finish. This beer surprised me by not falling flat on its face while following up bottles of Southern Tier Imperial Choklat and Bells Bourbon Barrel Double Cream/Expedition Stout. Underrated, I think. Bottle courtesy of mgumby10. Thanks Mike!
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black, with a medium, yet well retained light tan head. Smells of realy subtle chocolate, dark malts, light roast, and a metallic aroma to it that seemed out of place. Pretty weak smelling. The flavor had much more punch to it. Pretty roasty and nutty right away. The palate was surprisingly thick and full. I got a hint of that metallicness in the taste as well, but not enough to really take away much from it. Some light chocolate notes backed up the roast. Pretty solid for just a regular stout. A little surprised by the flavor in this brew.
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice big head with a great lacing. Color is black, but see through when held up to light. Smell is cracker-like toasty flavors with roasty malts and a slight sweetness of chocolate smell. Taste is crisp and lightly roasty, with some of that toasted breadiness. It’s a great high alcohol drinkable stout, but it’s not Russian imperial Stout from America. Maybe it fits the original style, but not the new American style.