msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Binny’s Arlington Heights. Pours very dark brown to black with tab head that dissipates to a thin tan ring. Aromas of chocolate brownies, roasted malts, some light ash and coffee, and fruity hops. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, some booze, and some hop bitterness. Not getting a lot of smoked malts. Mouthfeel is good as is the carbonation. Solid stout.
jb (1939) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark, I could not detect a highlight color in the dying sun. Thick foamy tan rocky head. Spotty lacing, more like spots. Nose is dark chocolate, heavily, with a bit of charred malt, and later a bit of dried fruit like cherries. Palate is creamy and rich, very far from bitter, heavy on the chocolate malt, but still it is barely in balance. Decent not great, very drinkable.
foduck (328) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brownish black. Aroma is licorice, dark malts, hops. Flavor up front is a little sweet cocao followed by an even bitterness. Nothing comletely overwhelms anything else. This is a finely balanced imperial stout that goes down a little too easy.
Ron (2182) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with a one and a half finger thick tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Light lacing. Flavor is much of the same. The finish is fairly smooth and the roastiness lingers a bit. Medium to full body. An enjoyable stout
ansermadide (1408) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This, apparently, is Clown Shoes’s second anniversary ale. My first thought: "They’ve only been open for two years and they already have distribution reaching Texas... from Massachusetts? How did they pull that off?
Black in color, dark and silky appearance with a medium-brown head, Vampire Slayer looks the part... looks great! Aroma is of your standard roasted malt and chocolate malt, with a little bitterness arising from the roasted malts and a hint of coffee.
The flavor, again, is exactly what you’d expect of an imperial stout. I’m starting to think there’s really nothing special about this beer. Then again, judges love beers true to style, just like dog show judges, so maybe uniqueness doesn’t always pay the bills.
There’s a slight, thin creaminess to the body, delivering a warm roasted malt character as soon as it enters the mouth. That roasted malt then carries its warmth through to the finish. A fullness in the mouth and a sharpness at the back of the tongue makes for a fun drink that’s also full-flavored. The roasted malts and alcohol dries up the center-back of the tongue very well.
It’s not overly sweet (more roasty than sweet, for sure). In all honesty, it’s not sweet at all. All possible sweetness seems to have been burned off by a very effective yeast strain that leaves practically no trace of itself behind. This a a very good, well-balanced, standard example of an imperial stout.
As roasty as I might have made this sound, it’s actually very pleasant and a joy to drink. Nothing spectacular overall, though. I’d put it in the middle of the road among other beers of the style.
portableparty (1872) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks ksurkin. Pours dark brown black with a quick khaki head that dissipates to a thin tiny ring. Aroma is solid dark chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is bitter chocolate malt and subtle hops with some dark fruit and peat/soy. Palate is full and sticky with a slick drying finish. Very enjoyable!
DalzAle (1842) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by portableparty! Dark black pour, a little ring of carbonation and a slightly sweet smoky aroma. Flavor is very smoky and peat forward, ash, some sweet chocolate, ash and coffee with just enough malt to give it a nice rich mouthfeel. Really enjoyed this. Worth trading for at least once and buying often if local to you.
jimhilt (2339) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a two finger khaki head that fades to thin layer, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Smoky roasted coffee nose and flavor is smoky roasted coffee and burnt oak, higher ABV is hidden. $8.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.
Marheb (1517) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
L’apothéose de l’impériale sweet stout avec une tonne de lactose en avant plan. En arôme, je m’attendais à une bête roti, sèche et moyenne en bouche. En vérité, c’est aussi onctueux et savoureux qu’un lait frappé. Accompagnerait une crème brûlé ou un tiramisu de façon incroyable.
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep rich, roasted, chocolate aroma. Harsh dark malts in the mouth, Nice, medium body pretty easy-drinking but rather harsh burnt in the end.