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
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a medium thickness but is black as night by the time itís all in the snifter. Fizzy tan head fizzles down via popping bubbles rather quickly. Aroma is milk chocolate, roasted malts, mocha cappuccino, dates and prunes. Flavor is similar to the suggestive smells, with oats and chocolate being the most pronounced. Some hop bitterness, but predominantly smooth. Body has a slight acidic touch on part of the tongue, but otherwise, it exercises standard form for a stout. Finish is dry with a símore aftertaste. More or less, this is a slightly energetic version of an oatmeal stout.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks to captaincougar for the bottle, pours an opaque black with a fizzy tan head, aroma is of coffee and a brandylike alcohol scent. coffee and licorice dominate the flavor, with the coffee flavors lingering in my mouth after a creamy body. the alcohol that was in the aroma wasnt really in the taste or aftertaste at all, which is very nice, imo. a very enjoyable sit back and relax impy, thanks tom.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma had roast, coffee, malts, and alcohol esters. The flavor was roasty, coffee, licorice, and maltyness. The beer poured an opaque color w/ brown hues; very slight head and slight lacing. The mouthfeel was full bodied and creamy.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very alcohol aroma,frankly overpowered everything, intial tatste roasted malt,thin,and with an odd aftertaste,but as it warmed that disappeared,palate smoothed out nicely,a pleasant chocolate malt taste became evident and this became a nice Imperial Stout. Must be given a chance to warm
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours thick and nearly black with a thin tan head. Rich and chocolatey aroma with some raisen, hops, leather and a hint of vanilla. Flavors of smoke and burnt grain with some hops and a bit of malty sweetness. Acrid lingering finish. Light bodied for the style.
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, sampled with members of the San Diego crew...thanks for whomever brought this...roasty chocolate aroma with mild hints of licorice. Fairly faint aroma, and I wish it was more aromatic. Mostly opaque dark brown with a small off-white head. Very roasty coffee-like start with some mildly bitter licorice notes in the finish. Rather bitter. This is OK.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poursa deep brown hue with a halo of an off-white head. Aromas of coffe, chocoalte and anise. Flavors of the same with a lingering tofee/caramel finish,