AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, drank from snifter.
Pours a dark almost black color with only a small head. I commented on how good it looked in the glass.
Smell is roasty. Very roasty with some molasses coming through as well.
Taste is much the same. All Iím getting is lots of roastiness. No bourbon barrel or barrel aging coming through at all. It was smooth and creamy, yet a tad thin on mouthfeel. Wasnít getting the plethora of complexity that was advertised. Iíll sit on the last few and let them age for awhile and see if they balance out more.
Pailhead (4368) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Styles
Bottle: The aroma has lots of roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, light caramel, vanilla, and a hint of burnt wood. It pours virtually black with a small brown head. The flavor has lots of roasted coffee and black licorice. Thereís also some moderate chocolate, molasses, and caramel. It finishes with some burnt notes, piney hops, and a hint of wood and vanilla. There bourbon presence in this is extremely minimal. Very nice.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 2007 Reserve sampled on 2/23/08: Pours an oily opaque black with a clingy-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of sweet doughy dark caramel and mild vanilla with a touch of dark fruits. Starts with decent viscosity and sticky dark caramel malt balanced with earthy bitterness and dark chocolate balance. Fairly complex but a little too dry and overly oaky..
Bottle sampled on 2/21/07: Pours an opaque black with dark mahogany edges and a frothy, well-lacing light brown head. Aroma of some sweet, earthy dark caramel with a touch of toasty sugar cookie notes. Body starts sweet, sticky and viscous with an earthy dark chocolate and slightly oaky finish. A nicely-balanced, yet fairly drinkable imperial stout.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, courtesy of kyzr (thanks!), pours a dark black with a sizable dark brown foamy head and good lacing. Aroma of espresso, molasses and some faint chocolate, bourbon and licorice. Flavor is espresso, with some burnt/roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate; licorice is faintly detectable. Palate is full and creamy, with some alcohol warmth and a lingering bitter finish. A very nice IS, and imagine it would age well.
railcat1 (676) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had at DLD.I love imps and this did not disappoint,hints of chocolate and bourban with oak finish.Pours a dark black with a nice size head,very rich and lots going on in it.CHEERS!
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As this beer was being poured I knew I was in for a treat. Aroma of Chocolate and coffee, with taste of licorice and anise and finishes with oak.
jason (1674) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2007 Bottle. Thanks to Degarth and Batkins for sending me this. Pours a deep black with nice size head. Aroma is of cocoa, vanilla, oak, wood, bourbon, chocolate, hops- grassy feel, and a nice sweet malt. Flavor is sweet at first but settling down to a nice coffe roastness. The vanilla is very subtle and subdued in the chocolate malt being present. For a 11% this is very smooth and the mouthfeel is just shy of perfect. Has a slight dryness to it that enables it to be a beer that can quench whatever thirst you have in your mouth, but be able to satisfy your soul with a maltyness that just screams into your existence of "this is what you are!, embrass me." The hop bitterness plays a somewhat dull effect, but an otherwise numb feeling. I was slightly skeptical at first about some others ratings but this is the real deal. Wow!
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #1 and served in my Stone RIS SNOFTER: A completely opaque blackened soul greets the drinker with a small but lovely small tan head that left a good lace upon the glass. The nose detects grassy, herbal and peaty hop essence. Lots of freshly ground coffee beans as well. Plenty of carmel and black malt character to go around as The Vapors turn...
A nice play of smoked and sweet malt come forward playing around with a sublime classic hop bitterness. The finish is pure espresso and bitter as all get out, I DIG IT! <P> The palate is greeted by a lush oily liquid and plenty of smokey dryness upon the closing.
eaglefan538 (2818) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 20, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
If the last rating wasnít 1500 by one siteís count, this serves quite well as THE one... Bottle, courtesy Slob at a long vertical and horizontal run of excellent imperial stouts @ statelineliquors.com. The pour was typical for the style, although the head could have been more grand. The aroma was nice, soft, gentle cocoa, touch of wood chips with warmer temperatures. The flavor was cocoa, choco-coca, some dark fruits (no coffee at all), touch of molasses, wood chips, maybe some raisins, but certainly no bourbon or other strong alcohol flavors. Finishes with some hops to keep it from running away malt happy. The mouthfeel was smooth, far from sticky, fluffy full, yet not thick/heavy and full. A very nice imperial stout, second against only AS Speedway, beating out Stone RIS (03-06), 3F DL (06), RogueIS (01, 03, and 04), and NC Old Rasp Millenium. Thanks, Bert!
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
part of a bottle thanks to WeeHeavySD. very dark brew without head by the time it got to me. Strong roasty aroma. flavor was very sweet with orast malt blending into coffee with hints of chocolate. Alcohol is noticable in the finish. very good brew, I wish i could find my own bottle.