grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Weak aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, a little coffee and a little licorice. Nice sweetness with enough bitterness to back it up. Alcohol is well hidden.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Brisk roasted aroma built from a steady sweet base of barbeque bark, french roast coffee, oyster salt, charred oak, and candied grapefruit peel. Dense, seemingly smoky and sweet. Not overly complex or deep, but nice and comforting. Pours a viscous oily black, with silky, lacing hot chocolate foam. Flavor is mostly as expected. Rich roast plays off of caramelized malts and soaks up some soy. Toothy, but not cloying. Roasts come as a little ashy and burnt. There’s a nip of thinness mid-way through this beer. Alcohol alights in the nostrils at a point of liquor-like nut character. But, 12%? Totally concealed. Decent, but not mind-bending. I’d like to see a few more hops in this beer and some more malt complexity. Otherwise, balanced, but maybe a little reserved. A bit of yeast water brings up the backend. Unfortunately, what this beer comes across to me as is an Expedition-clone, for which it kind of fails. Same alcohol, same general malt character goals, but just not the same beer. Otherwise, a mildly-flavored, clean, well-built Imperial Stout, not showing enough depth or complexity for me to put it in the top tier for the Style. Thanks Sean!
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Grain chocolate aroma, some roastedness, very inticing ,tastey chocolate flavor,reminded me of Bosco, more chocolate evident then in many Chocolate Stouts,little hints of hops, roasted malt,hard to believe this is 12%,didn’t pick up all the hops others were getting,seemed to thin out a little bit in the last half of bottle. Excellent brew,thanks Kingpin
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours brown with amber hues. Flavor is strongly malted with a nice roastiness to the body. A good amount of hops here too.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz - Aroma is roasted dark malts, vanilla, chocolate, hops, coffee and cream. Pours black with a small brown head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma with a big hoppy vanilla aftertaste. Lots of roasted dark malts. Not overpowering. Alcohol well hidden. Palate is creamy. An easy drinking flavorful stout.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black, with a brown colored head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, cramel. Flavor is dark chocolate, burnt malts, coffee, nuts. Palate is full bodied, mild carbonation, finished bitter. This is one fantastic IS, not as good as Founders but in the ballpark for sure!!!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of StFun. Thanks, Joshua! Pours an oily, dark-brown color; medium brown head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Oily nuttiness, roasted malts, milk and dark chocolate, and sweet maltiness in the aroma; quite nice. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: loads of oily roasted malts, dark chocolate, peanuts and roasted nuts; excellent oiliness and viscosity; relaxed carbonation; very solid, tasty imperial stout. Surprisingly drinkable, with a touch of green coffee and dark chocolate. Lengthy finish, showing dark chocolate, oily nuttiness, and roasted malts.
CP (124) - USA - MAY 11, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
At 10.6% this is so drinkable it is scary. No alcohol taste but warms on the way down. As with most dark horse beers it is very smooth. I think this one might be the smoothest of them all. As the consistency of Bells Expedition but has a much better flavor. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, honey, buttersotch and a almost peppermint after taste. This is a very good beer and one of my favorite imperial stouts.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottles from Hoppymeal and Footbalm, thanks! Pours Black with no head. Light coffee and dark chocolate aroma. 1st thing that stands out about this beers is that it is very creamy with the mentioned coffee and semi chocolate flavors. Nice roasted character with bright hoppy notes. Smooth and easy to drink. Impressive and different then all the other imperial stouts out there.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks for sharing, Yaniv! Dark dark brown to black with a dense creamy tan head. Boozy roast in the nose. A bit of piny hop. Not a lot of character though. Not too think, with a lower carbonation level. Boozy fruity alcohol. Some Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Lingering chocolate bitterness. A middle of the road imperial stout, and bad far the least impressive of this series!