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, itís 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 youíd expect in an imperial. Itís 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% itís 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 ainít 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, Iíll 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 studentís 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.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with CaptainCougar, thanks Tom!) Hmm, whatís going on with these really earthy Imperial Stouts from the Great Lakes region? This has aged about 8 months in my cellar, but thatís not really long enough for a radical transformation in my opinion. This one smells very earthy, like pungent Shitake mushrooms, strong enough that I really canít detect much else in the nose. The earthy, mushroomy nose carries over into the flavor. In addition, itís mildly roasty and sweet, with a moderate bitterness for decent balance, but that earthiness is domanting the flavor. Medium to full bodied, with a sweet but not sticky mouthfeel, but the finish is somewhat bitter and alcoholic. Dark brown color is naturally ligher at the edges. Tan head pours to a decent size, and fades down to a sheen of swirly patterns. I like this beer, but itís pretty earthy for the style, so maybe I can get another bottle of this for a retry in the future.
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I found this beer to be phenominal, nice black brown color, aroma of a mocha capicino. Full flavored yet smooth full bodied yet I feel like I could drink these all day. I was very pleasently suprised by this one