GJF (1245) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very black pour; big dark brown head. Semi-sweet aroma with a bit of chocolate. A creamy beer, a bit of lactose to it. Lots of roastiness in the finish. This is very good, but it gets a bit syrupy to me as it goes. A very good stout, but not a great one.
StefanSD (2121) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2012 650 ml bottle courtesy of soonah. Thanks John. Pours an opaque black color with a medium tan head that has fair retention. The aroma is earthy with dark fruits, coffee and roasted grains. The flavor is robust with burnt notes, coffee, mocha, biter walnuts, prunes and dark rye bread. The palate is full and malty with lively carbonation. The finish is long with lingering biter roasted grains. Overall: I havenít had a stout in a while and this fit the bill quite nicely, I was really in the mood for this. Re-rate 0n 3-28-2012, still great, bottle from freehafe. thanks.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ML bottle. Poured a very dark black color with a very nice two finger tan head. Aroma was very dark. Roasted malts, coffee, lots of chocolate coming through. Flavor was burnt notes, with toffee, caramel, and coffee. Aftertaste was somewhat bitter with the lingering taste of the burnt coffee beans. Some vanilla in there as well. Very rich and creamy. A very very good beer.
phaleslu (6411) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2010 750 ml bottle shared at DLD í10. Iím not sure which one this was. Andy brought one, rapebeer allegedly brought one, foppa78 might have had one with his crew- thanks to whoever poured this in my glass. Pours a nice dark opaque brown with a small tan head. Shawn is right in pointing out the Belgian yeast present in this- seems like it could qualify as a foreign stout and maybe not an imperial stout; maybe itís somewhere in between. It also hits the familiar notes for an imperial stout, with chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, and some herbal hops. But in a day where I tried some unbelievable ones, this one didnít stand out. Still a pretty good beer, though. Re-Rate, 12/15/10: Iíve had this a few more times now and each time I like it less. Itís just got this overwhelming Belgian yeast thing going on that detracts from any of the rich imperial stout notes that I normally like so much. Too much banana, yeast, plum, and muddled sweetness. Iíd take the Imperial Stout Boulevard used to brew any day of the week over this so-so Belgian stout.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black, with a tan fluffy head. Aroma is dominated by malt, with caramel, coffee, chocolate, milk. Sweet aroma. Feels slightly flat on the tongue, somewhat light body for the style. I expected this to be more sweet from the aroma, but it is actually fairly hoppy. Finishes the same, with some hops lingering for a good while. Not bad, but I feel like it needs more of a malt backbone.
SrSilliGose (3248) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle shared by rapebeer at DLD 2010. Thanks nick. A quaffable belgian stout with some cheese cltoh, doughy belgian yeast, and cocoa notes. Decent stuff.
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body with a light brown head.Aroma is belgian yeast and light roasted malts.Same with the flavor.Itís kinda bland in my opinion.
BVery (6136) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2010 Bottle. Very interesting. Dark brown pour that is highly carbonated. Huge tan head. Creamy mouthfeel yet light on the palate. Nose is yeast, roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Taste is chocolate, espresso, maybe a hint of dark fruit. Really good.
IrishBoy (3825) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Nose is light smoke, light chocolate, and coffee. Clear dark brown with a medium tan head. Flavor is light bitterness and chocolate.
keith0718 (366) - Kansas, USA - APR 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty easy-drinking for a 9.7% imp. stout. Not the malt bomb of a Yeti or even a Rasputin. I would describe it as an imperial version of Lost Coastís 8-Ball Stout...with some slight hints of cherry and chocolate. Blvd. did good on this one!