ClarkVV (4223) - 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 (6159) - 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 couldnít help, but finding it way under average. Light to medium bodied at best and very bubbly all along which detracts from overall enjoyment. Itís hard for an impy to score well without proper mouthfeel, I didnít get any of the fullness or oiliness other raters talk about though as I said, I think itís 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.
BrockLanders (780) - 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 (2737) - 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.