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 itís a beer that looks like a stout, feels like a stout, but smells and tastes like an experiment with stout.
hopscotch (8785) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BottleÖ 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. Itís a great high alcohol drinkable stout, but itís not Russian imperial Stout from America. Maybe it fits the original style, but not the new American style.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Simple dark brown color with a smaller canvas colored head. Nice lace saves the appearance. Roasted aromas, malt, coffee, cocoa beans. Hints of raw grain and some light herbal hops as well. Smooth and fairly light in feel. After a second our, this really does not smell good straight from the bottle it needs some time for some of the voltiles to be driven off. Flavors of bourbon vanilla carry from start to finish and even into the linger. Some mocha in the middle and a touch of espresso in the finish. Linger also has a mild acidity that creeps up and seems to grow as get cumulative the further into the bottle I get.
blankboy (5950) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (22oz) shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & GregClow -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a very dark ruby-brown, almost black, with an average size light-brown head. Aromaís dry, nice and roasty along with coffee, some chocolate and oatmeal. Flavour of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and light hops. Decent bitter finish. Medium bodied. This is underrated in my opinion, itís quite good.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Pours black with minimal clarity and a tan, average, pillowy head which is mostly diminishing leaving minimal but nice lace. Nose is nice and simple but solid; notes of moderately roasted coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, oak hints, and a light presence of oatmeal. Flavor is nice but lacking the sweet complements of most oatmeal stouts; moderately roasted coffee, light expresso notes towards the finish, dark and unsweetened chocolates, and a cedary/oaky wood note throughout. Palate is smooth like an oatmeal stout; creamy, almost silky, medium, and lively, and drying. Finishes dry and woody with coffee bitterness and some unsweetened chocolate. A curious beer as an oatmeal stout, but it is pleasant, which is surprising from this brewery. Almost a hybrid style of a strong oatmeal/dry stout; moderately strong with the smoothness of the oatmeal stouts and the drying notes of a dry stout. Nicely done with a well-hidden ABV.
PorterPounder (5346) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Talllahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 22 oz bottle. Black as tar pour with some purple accents, devoid of light coming through. Sticky, but thin mocha colored head. Aroma of faint coffee, some prunes, pleasant. Full bodied dry stout flavor. Some bakerís unsweetened chocolate, day old black coffee and hints of pipe tobacco - finishes with some fresh topsoil. Thickish creamy mouthfeel. Overall, very decent stout.
greenhorn1 (803) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from BottleTrek.com. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Deep roasted flavors with an abundance of espresso in the finish. Some detectable notes of chocolate and oatmeal. There is also a nice hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel was much lighter than I was expecting. In addition, I wish there was a stronger presence of oak, but overall a very easy drinking stout.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured black with a light brown head. Aroma was a strong roast with light chocolate and coffee notes mixed in. Flavor was almost identical to the aroma. Big roasted flavor with the coffee and chocolate mixed in. Chocolate was the least dominant of all the flavors. Very smooth with a slightly above average body.