iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL bottle, Batch number 2010-1, Best by date 01/13 from pepsican--thanks Andy! Clear deep brown with a big three finger tan head, retained for the duration. Roasted malts and Belgian yeast dominate with some chocolate and faint smoke and coffee. There is also some herbal hops and light spice. Flavor is really burnt (like, really really) and adds some tangy soy and raisin notes. Wow, did they accidentally dump in a shit ton of black patent in and forget to taste this before bottling? It was kind of hard to pick out the Belgian yeast in the flavor. Dry finish with burnt bitterness peaking at a 6 that lingers with some alcohol. Moderately high carbonation with a medium full body. Very disappointed--hopefully the Rye on Rye will make me happy again.
beerme1 (18) - , Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours as dark as the bottle, nice dark tan head which laces all the way down. Smells fruity and bitter with almost a bourbon sour, tastes of dark chocolate, nice hop backing, rye bread, dark roasty malts, that fit right in with the body and mouthfeel. The finishing roast that complements each drink you take. Nice change from recent smokestacks. Recommend. Nice full flavor.
CanIHave4Beers (2880) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2010 Pours a deep brown almost black with a huge tan semi loose head and plenty of lace. The aroma is fruity but somewhat soapy with some spicy hops and some phenolics, this smells nothing like an imperial stout, which kind of intrigues me. The flavor is plenty bitter and fruity with some plum and earthiness, a mild roastyness, some banana and plenty of bitterness.
A very original take on the style, but not quite as successful (in my opinion) as the Boulevard Imperial Stout from the Smokestack reserve series.
jcwattsrugger (10935) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBWG@RLRL-750ml bottle-pours a retaining light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-roasty/molasses. Taste is dark malt-roasty/molasses, some earthy hops. Full body.
daknole (8331) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour, light tan head. Light molasses, rye and some chocolate. Flavor has the rye and hops along with some chocolate and the creaminess from the oats. Lightly flavor of peat as well. I look forward to trying a big pour of this. Very nice and very different.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to boomer0813. poured dark brown almost black with a tan colored head. aroma was dark roast, coffee, spices, and rye. flavor was much along the same lines, but with the addition of some dark fruits. body was almost medium with high carbonation. i was hoping this would be more along the lines of the previous imperial stout.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2010 Bomber from shallos. Not much to smell, which is a disappointment I must admit. Pours nicely, deep brown, though the head could be darker. Tastes of molasses and some roasty oatmeal, though Iím not getting the promised fig or creme brulee flavors. Nice and foamy and goes down smooth. If you canít tell Iím fairly disappointed, as the description built up a lot of anticipation, but overall, its not the worst imperial Iíve had.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Shallos, shared with Brother Nathan. Pours very black with slight brown edge and quick fading brown head. Nose is very faint with slight roasted malt, dark red fruits and chocolate. Taste is mildy carbonated, fizzy chocolate with some orange-borderline Belgian notes and a dry eathy finish. Not quite what I was expecting. Not terrible, but all the components in this one seem to be at odds.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle, RBWG. Red-black body topped by large brown head. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, molasses, light earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate, syrup, light burnt, earthy. Medium-full body, some stickiness.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to angrypirate06. Pours with a huge brown head, near black body. Pretty good lace too. Chocolatey and earthy aroma. Leather, light vanilla, fudge. Lightly smokey and lightly fruity, some alcohol. Taste is chocolatey, ash, nutshells. Very earthy, light hop volatiles. Lively bubbles.