theisti (3259) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased somewhere locally, can’t remember. Batch 2010-1, best before 01/13. Pours with a ton of khaki head, almost 4 inches to about an inch of black beer. Really pretty settling. Falls slowly into a rocky head, with thick lacing. Aroma of light roast, grainy malt, rye spice, some general straw and earth. Almost spicy nose, fresh and clean. Taste is some roast and dried fruit malt sweetness up front, giving way to spicy rye and the grassy straw in the end. The finish lingers with an ashy roastiness and is quite dry. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, spicy dry finish - really easy drinking for a beer of this weight. This is a nice departure from the boozy sweet bomb imperial stouts. Another classy super well made beer from Boulevard.
Fratto (2626) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Cavie. Dark pour with a nice head. Aroma is sweet malts, roasted, chocolate, biscuit, spice, and alcohol. Taste is pepper, roasted, bitter cocoa, and a little coffee.
Cavie (3808) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2011 Bottle from Halls. Pours dark black with a large head response. Smells of dark malts with an alcoholic sweetness. Slight butter flavor with roasted notes. Finishes dry and bitter. A little disappointing. 3.1
RE-RATE 1/3/11 courtesy Mora2000. Pours a very dark brown color with a tan bready head. Aroma is dry cocoa with dark bread and chocolate roast. Flavor is roasted malt, a little sweet and smoky notes. Finishes dark and roasted.
Beaver (1311) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, batch 2010-1 best by 01/13. Pours a dark brown-black with a huge creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is roasted chocolate, dark fruits, some smoke, some wood and some sherry like alcohol with a bit of a cardboardy finish.
The flavor is roasted chocolate, sweet sugary dark fruits, and vinous alcohol, with a cardboardy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, an interesting beer with lots going on. I didn’t really care for the blend of everything though and there were some off notes.
BeerandBlues2 (9883) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle. Pours opaque with good clarity; medium-high, foamy-frothy tan to brown head with good retention. Aroma is moderate dark fruity esters, plum and fig; dark roasted malt, chocolate, oat sweetness, and rye spiciness. Medium noble spicy hops with a lightly smoked nose. Flavor is moderate bitter dark malt, roasted, chocolate, oats, and rye; good balance between malt and dark fruity esters, plum, fig, and raisin. Light smoke and vanilla, licorice; light to medium spicy hop flavor and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body, moderate-high carbonation, and a silky texture.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Chocolate malt tones, milky and sweet, with a modestly boozy body and some light oak. Roast y with a dry mineral finish and a modest warming. My sample was very nice.
decaturstevo (5159) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with tan head and lace. Chocolate and light coffee.
Chocolate with a good malt bitter a hint of abv and astringent. Foamy thin and watery. ok beer
Ratman197 (9961) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 mnl corked and caged bottle poured a translucent dasrk brown nearly black with a las ting tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, plum, fig, light esresso and light carmel. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, plum, espresso, fig and smoke with a smooth lingering smoky finish.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours is a deep black (obviously) with a thick, light brown head. Aroma is fairly complex with espresso and dark roast coffee, followed by caramelized sugar, overripe figs, some spicy hops and a lingering hint of fruity esters from the incorporation of Belgian yeast. The flavor is a competition between the roasted espresso and the fruity esters of plums/figs with hints of herbal hops and caramelized sugar. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and creamy, with more carbonation than most stouts. Overall a unique take on the IS.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a light-ish brown head, pretty large, fluffy and long lasting. Aroma of coffee, toast, licorice, mint, plums, raspberries, some dark chocolate and leaves. Tastes of dark chocolate, cinnamon, toast, licorice, black tea, peppery spice, and dried fruit. Finishes like unsweetened chocolate, peppery spice, tea, and espresso with plenty of sambuca poured in it. Plenty bitter. Medium-heavy bodied, fluffy highly carbonated mouthfeel, nice and creamy while being true to the Belgian yeast that fermented it. Good balance of malty/dry/spice/yeast/bitterness and all that, but it seems each element is a little too easily deciphered. But I like the balance and subtlety and wonder if this will mellow over time...