1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks JPDIPSO! Pours to a nice dark brown body with a good rocky tan head, good lacing. The aroma has a lactic quality to it, dried dark fruits, charcoal, coffee, light smoke. The flavor has a bunch of espresso beans, dark roasted malts, the taste would be a good replacement to coffee. The palate is pretty rich and robust. Medium bodied with a light syrupy body. Creams up when swished in mouth.
MIBRomeo (2562) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark color w/ a small tan head well laced. Big roasty malt aroma hints of coffee (not great coffee though) tiny touch of vanilla and a light hop. Palate is full and creamy, & well coated. Flavor is good.. a big roasted malt hints of lactose/milk hints of coffee a bit of a dry finish and a light hop. A very good beer.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
When I first poured this, the color & the effervesensce (sp?) reminded me of a cola. Looking at it closer, it’s dark brown, clear and with red highlights. The beer is medium bodied, a bit on the light side for an imperial. The aroma is of dried fruit. The flavor is dry, well rounded, but nothing "big" like you’d expect in an imperial. It’s a nice brew, a different take on an imperial stout.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Creamy thick with a nice tan head. Rich aromas of dried fruits and week old espresso. The alcohol jumps right at you but at 7.5% it’s not in yer face. The richness coats the tongue allowing just enough hoppiness to clense. Still pretty lively although the head dont stay around too long. A really smooth impy.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Duane, you rock man. Pours 12oz bottle with a red body and tan creamy head. I do not know about warm and fuzzy, but there is a warming to this 7.5% brew. The body is way watery for an Imp. Stout, but I ain’t complaining. I love this. As it warmed there was a smoke component and also some wood - earth. Duane, you know I love it dark.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. a dark brown pour with a tan head which melts down to a thin layer of wispy lace. aroma of roast coffee hits you first. flavors are roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, raisins and hints of brown sugar. mouthfeel is creamy, almost buttery, yet barely nedium. the finish is somewhat bitter but not overpowering. as I work my way down to the last few sips, it becomes slightly warming. a nice stout, I’ll try to re-visit this one in the winter.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a nice dark color,with a small tan head.Very nice chocolate and coffee aroma.Nice creamy malt taste,but was a little thin.Nice bitter aftertaste.Good Brew!
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark black color. Small sized beige head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. A medium to light bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are roasty malts, touch of vanilla and chocolate. Slightly spicy hops. Kind of bland for an imperial stout, seems a little muted and off somehow. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and a touch of cardboard.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer comes courtesy of beerguy101. This beer pours a murky brown to slightly black color with a miniscule tannish brown head and a thin degree of lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is vanilla, alcohol, raisins, brown sugar and toffee..sweet and oakey. The mouthfeel however was very tame and practically in some instances non-existant. No alcohol presence. Some basic appearances of coffee beans, chocolate and cocoa..but it tasted like cheap cocoa and coffee. Acidic bitter finish with mildly active carbonation. Perhaps this beer has been infected....I would sure hope so, because there was a dramatic decline from aroma to mouthfeel. This was a solid stout, but a poor imperial stout.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 200th rating! Had fresh at the brewery. Brewmaster Clint was a wonderful host, and many thanks to my future father-in-law for arranging the trip at his former student’s brewery. Dark, with a thick creamy head and a wonderful hop nose. Aroma of oats, chocolate, and raosted malts. Taste is rich, complex, and inviting. A little roasted flavor but coffee is the predominant flavor. Aftertaste has hints of chocolate, licorice, and a terrific balance of hops and malt. Mouthfeel is excellent.