hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz hand bottled sample acquired in trade (Mystery beer swap v2) with Dickinsonbeer (thanks Paul!). Poured a dark, dark brown color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, smoke, wood, and light vanilla. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, light roast, smoke, wood (lighter than the aromas), and very light vanilla. Body on the thin side.
Sammy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good sample from bottle enjoyed at mondial 2008. Very coffee and great stuff. Very tasty, creamy mouthfeel.
MartinT (7321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This idiosyncratic Imperial Stout paints roasted and chocolate maltiness into raisiny and anisey tips for a highly friendly sipping experience. This bottle was way too carbonated though, which detracted from the complexity of the tasting.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A mountain of foam crowns the pitch blackness.
-This is way too gassy off the bat; this frothy effervescence heralds Belgian stylings.
-The finish brings back all elements of the flavor profile.
-Alcohol is very well hidden
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008-05-30. Black, good sized creamy brown head with light lacing. Very roasty aroma, lightly acidic, muted mocha, coffee and chocolate touches. (7+) Flavour has a healthy roast alternating between bitter and a sweeter side. All over the above reaches a brief moment of cohesive perfection along the finish before parting their separate ways again. Smooth average to medium bodied palate is more carbonated than most stouts, to its benefit in my opinion. It grew on me a whole lot as the glass went on and my tongue become used to the roast, allowing the nuances of the malt to show more. Really very nice, and gains a point or two for being unexpected. Bottle, Mondial, Montreal, 5T
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very strong stout whose roastiness is low for the style.
Interesting yeast profile stays part of the portrait all along with alternating earthy and fruity notions. Rich creamy mouthfeel despite the highly active carbonation. Vanilla, nutty and peaty complexities.
Original, but not necessarily better than a standard Impy, where its smooth character could make it more drinkable, its yeasty character has the opposite effect.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A very roasted basic American Imperial Stout. Very basic and characterless but very drinkable.
How: Bottles 22oz. Consumed fresh. A few tasting sessions.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head
In long: Rather roasted nose. Taste is straightforward but effective. Highly roasted malts, borderline burnt. Generic black cake, the type without much black chocolate flavour. Almost no fruity notes. Very active carbonation and the body is somewhat fluffy giving the beer a pleasant cushiony mouthfeel. Second bottle was overly carbonated and it killed the finish. Short but sharp bitter finish. A little alcohol presence. Overall this is a highly drinkable but very standard American Imperial Stout. Nothing new here. Compliant Stout of War.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a black body with a tan head. Malty coco and molasses notes. Lactose, turpentine, a chalky mouth feel with a moderate warming. A slick chocolate finish. Decent ale.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[1407-20080530] Bottle. Woody chocolate milk mocha aroma with roasty malt notes. Dark black brown body with a long-lasting bubbly dark brown body. Wooden plank milk chocolate slabs, sweet ash and a bit of booze in the flavour. Full body. Quite nice blend.
(5T @ Mondial; Montreal, QC)
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Off the serving tank at the brewery- no real taps I guess. Made with whiskey peat malt. Pours a nice deep dark brown turning almost a lightish black with a thin diminsihing head. Aroma is of light chocolate and roasted malts, but then the peat and whiskey come in with some vanilla tones, light smoke, earthy, woodsy, jamesonish. Flavor is pronounced very well despite a light body and mouthfeel- lots of caramel and chocolate malts, black patent for a dry acrid-like bite in the end, with more vanilla oak, light smoke, and irish whiskey. Pretty smooth- takes just a bit to get into, then it becomes enjoyable. If you sip and drink it fast, or gulp it, the smoke and harsh peat come through more.
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Dickinsonbeer’s Hoboken gathering - inky black pour, with a serious tan head - mildly tannic/tart aroma, with gentle vanilla sweetness and espresso bitterness - soft carbonation in the mouth - roasty, almost to the point of being ashy, but vanilla sweetness and a hint of smoke balance things out to keep that quality from becoming overpowering - quite nice.