TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
brown sugar, vinegary aroma. Pours a murky brown, thin head. Thin body. Coffee and brown sugar. In my mind not an imperial stout. A thin porter.
presario (4706) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark reddish brown. Very strong smoke and coffee aroma with traces of alcohol. A little thin for the style both in terms of body and flavour. More wine-like than stout.
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 Thanks Jason for this great brew. Poured a somewhat opaque dark brown...minimal beige head. Love the aroma....roasty, yet with a curious vanilla edge...I liked that. Flavor is very roasty and quite hoppy bitter..definitely bitter. I like the choco-roastiness this ale has. Medium mouthfeel, and a definite burnt roast coffee flavor toward the finish. Not big, thick, and chewy, but a good IS that chose "an alternate path" in the quest for a nice IS.
pineypower (2540) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trade thanks to Grainbelt. Strong roasty aroma on the pour. Attractive looking beer with a dark black body and a nice tan head. The taste is not overlly complex, but it is still enjoyable. Roasted malts, some bitter sweet chocolate and maybe a few nots of toffee.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks be to Edward (Brooklynboy) for sharing this brew with me. Black and black can be with big bubbles head is about 1/2 inch and browon. Toasted roasted malts with just a hint of coffee in the nose and taste. Chewy really. There is just a dab of cherry and tofee. Interesting stuff.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a dark brown with a red hue and tan head. Spotty lacing is left behind.
Smell is of creamy butter, coffee, and chocolate malts.
Taste is a watered down version of the aromas with bitterness from coffee grinds coming through.
Mouthfeel is smooth, bitter, medium bodied.
This one seemed more like a porter to me than an Imperial Stout.
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottles acquired in trades with iwantalambic, Jcapriotti, and TannerTavernboys (thanks!). Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. I initially got a stronger aroma of smoke and a dirty ashtray, but this subsided somewhat into aromas of light dark fruits, coffee, roasted malts and a little buttery. Tastes of smoke, coffee, roasted malts and light chocolate. Very light coffee bitter finish. Struck me as thin for an imperial stout and reminded me somewhat of an Imperial Porter.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of Bockyhorsey.
Aroma is brewed coffee grounds with lesser chocolate notes. Deep black with a thin head. Heavy bitter coffee in the fore. Little of the soy sauce and gamy bouillion flavors I get in many Imperials. I like this take on it better personally. Coffee and a tingling spritziness in the middle with very dark baker’s chocolate staying till the finish.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured black with a big thick chocolate head that lasted the length of the beer.
Aroma is creamy, sweet and malty.
Flavor is a little watery, roasty maly, coffee with a sweet roasty finish.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. bottle. Opaque black with a small light brown head. Chocolate, coffee, and lactose in the aroma. Roast malt, dark chocolate, some phenols in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and warming.