turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 341ml. Appearance: dark brown thin tan head. Aroma: coffee and roast malts. Flavor: coffee, medium chocolate bitterness. Thank Ughsmash.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Courtesy of Ughsmash. Aroma heavy with coffee and roast malts. Poured a dark brown thin tan head. Flavor was full of coffee, slight lactic and vanilla. Palate was medium bodied which for this blend works. Overall a solid stout and something I wouldn’t mind having a few more.
Brigadier (3290) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2006 It poured a deep brown with a thin tan head. My first impression was of cherries, chocolate and roasted malt. After letting it sit for a few minutes, I took my first sip to discover a wonderful mixture of chocolate, roasted coffee and a hint of smoke. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming. The taste lingered for a while and I was able to eventually detect the cherry tones. The finish was dry and smooth. An excellent Imperial Stout.
I recently had another bottle after letting it sit for about 45 days. The flavors are much richer and complex, which makes me think this one might improve with a little aging. For that, I’ve raised the score slightly to a 3.9
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - JAN 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma immediately after pouring made me very excited about this beer...a strong roasted chocolate aroma permeated from my glass. The first sips were of dark chocolate and roasted coffee but unfortunately as this beer warmed it took on a very strong smoky and almost burnt flavor with medium to strong chocolate bitterness. Standing alone this is a decent imperial but when compared to others it is mediocre at best.
ClarkVV (4429) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 2004 (probably) bottle sampled side by side the 2005 bourbon aged version on 12/22/2005 with Rastacouere and Siroy. Utterly clear and filtered pour shows peanutskin undertones amid a burgundy and dark leather brown body with a fully dissipating beige head that provides no lacing. The aroma boasts of light Spanish coffee (tons of anise in it too), salted peanuts and very dry berry skins. Notes of light vanilla-butterscotch and moderately dry chocolate. Only a soily, light fuzziness of green hops to be found in flavor and only then mostly retronasal. The flavor is coffee and dark chocolate, with light molasses and peanut skins, crusty, earthy barley roast and a chewy, moist honey graham crackers dipped in lightly sweet cream. Coffee with sugar in it, though at least a fair sense of roastedness, with light grapiness and finishing with cookies and cream in the background of the roast. As Rastacouere notes, the mouthfeel is rather insipid. Large, forced bubbles in a sagging body with tremendous filtration effects leading to a lightly watery texture and absolutely no thick, chewy substance that an Imperial stout must have. Again, no off-flavors, and no alcohol noted, but just underwhelming of texture to the extreme.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quickly fading cola-like head at first covers the close to black pour that remains apparently bubbly. Strong powdered cocoa nose with typical coffee overtones, surprisingly simple and approachable nose, without much fruitiness underneath and the roastiness feeling mostly like burnt toast. Simplistic malt character strikes again with its pointy dry cocoa in mouth, remaining dry and simple in mouth, though the nutty roastiness(and derived bitterness) is well displayed and forcing itself onto the lengthy finish. Hops aromatics are not a factor. Okay, this has a certain age, but I couldn’t help, but finding it way under average. Light to medium bodied at best and very bubbly all along which detracts from overall enjoyment. It’s hard for an impy to score well without proper mouthfeel, I didn’t get any of the fullness or oiliness other raters talk about though as I said, I think it’s last years version.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark with a tan head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is of dark molasses and coffee muddled with malt. Flavor is very representative of the aroma.
A good beer, but seems to be missing something... and in my opinion the very thing their Bourbon Barrell Stout has.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle via trade with hopdog! - Thanks Steve! - Pours black with a nice tan head that fades pretty quick but manages to cling to the glass and lace some. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, a bit of molassess and brown sugar. Flavor is quite similar. Plate is more light and watery for the style. Seems to lack a little in malt. Enjoyable nonetheless. Just not as good as it could be.
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 (4901) - 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.