TAR (2627) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. version: Burnt purple body. Not quite opaque. Rich, rocky spackle of dark ashen foam. Very soft and airy aroma with notes of candied blackberry, matchstick, coffee, and plum. Lots of black malts, fudge, buttered caramel, and leafiness beneath all the airiness. Silky smooth. Feathery carbonation. Mineral, root, and light plummy smack, up front, with a hint of seared cane sugar. Wee oxidation. The subtleties elevate the delayed charred malt charge. Black malts remain chalky rather than acidic, thanks to the delicate caramel kiss. Airy sensations return to tingle the tongue and refresh the palate, which brings out the subtle dark fruit twang. Slight earthiness lingers and gives balance to the caramel and underlying charred malts. Notably dry, which continually beckons you to take another sip. Lingers with enough burnt malts, vanilla, and sugars to separate it from many weaker versions. Very delicate, yes, but there’s still plenty of multi-layers and remarkable balance between the lightly-charred malts, scorched sugars, milk chocolate, restrained hop presence, caramel, etc. etc. to keep you coming back for more. Humbly solid session Imperial.
Belgrave (30) - Truro, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very dark ruby-brown, almost black, with a medium size tan head. Mild aromas of roasted malt with some chocolate and hints of coffee and hops. Tastes of malt but with a bitter finish. Medium bodied.
Ferris (11040) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Raisin, dark fruit and cocoa. Deep brown with a decent white head. Lots of raisin, dark sugars and Roasty malts. Lots of raisin.
flapjack202 (3) - - FEB 17, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great beer!! Wonderful body and roasted malt character!!! Finish is smooth.
jgb9348 (5524) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice deep dark brownish coloured body with a large, fast-dying light brown coloured head with larger bubbles and a glow of cola colours when held up to a light. Aroma of alcohol, raisins, pit fruits, chocolate, yeast and a bit of prunes - strong, but more of a porter or sweet stout than of an imperial stout. Medium-bodied; Strong alcohol and vanilla flavours with hints of oak and coffee, but a lot of earthy and mushroomy flavours with touches of chocolate and prunes. Aftertaste is fairly one dimensional and not too pungent - malty and chocolate flavours come out the strongest with a touch of alcohol on the finish. Overall, a decent baltic porter or stout, but not cutting it for the style. That said, it’s still a drinkable beer - just don’t expect it to be quite the imperial stout that you imagine, especially at 7,5% abv. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon on 12-April-2013 for US$2,59 sampled at home in Washington on 01-November-2014, about a year and half after purchasing it, which perhaps mellowed it out a bit, but this one wasn’t strong anyways.
travita (4782) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating from my backlog. The look is reddish brown in color with a tan head. The smell is roast, malts, coffee, chocolate. The taste is chocolate, coffee, cat food, and ok.
chuckstout (331) - Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2013-Chocolate, roast, coffee, bread, dark fruit in the aroma. Pours black with a mocha colored head. Roast, chocolate, coffee, fruit, balancing bitterness great mouthfeel @7.5% which seems pretty low for an imperial stout, but doesn’t lack in flavor
Mora2000 (6138) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to 5000 for sending this bottle. Black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, sweet and roasted malt. Flavor is roasted malt and chocolate with some light coffee notes. High, prickly carbonation and medium mouthfeel.
Lubiere (12572) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark imperial stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, nice sweet chocolate with resinous hops, licorice, molasses, a bit of funk, very nice and complex. In mouth, very sweet chocolate with vinous notes, ashes, floral hops, treacle, veering into old ale territory.
Leighton (17800) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Pre-Christmas CBC - Clerkenwell Tasting, London. Thanks to Colin for this beer. Pours rich brown with a fine beige cream head. Sugary dark malt nose, some alcohol, burnt toast and dark cocoa. Medium sweet flavor with light roast, dusty cocoa, smooth dark malts. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Light dry finish with mellow roasted malts, light earthy bitterness, some marshmallow, burnt wood, baking cocoa. Very smooth and pleasant impy stout, though not particularly complex.
Theydon_Bois (16262) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at pre Xmas tasting (Belmont Station, Portland OR) - 21/12/12.
Murky light black with a thin tan head that immediately dissipates to the edge.
Nose is dark malts, molasses, touch of smoked gammon, light chocolate.
Taste follows, touch of wood, leather, liqourice, chocolate.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry in the finish.
Ok - lower end of the Imperial Stout market!