Ratman197 (9870) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Drakes poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of smoke, roastiness, bakers cocoa, dark fruit and light licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of smoke, roastiness, bitter chocolate and dark fruit with a smooth lingering smokey finish.
IrishBoy (3841) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Drakes in 11/2012 on a trip with Ratman. Nose is light smoke, chocolate, and coffee. Black with a small, lightly lacing tan head. Flavor is smoke, rye bread, and coffee.
hopscotch (9170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler... Pours dark brown (nearly black) with a small, creamy, lightly-tanned head. Decent retention. The nose is a fantastic whirlpool of smoke, chocolate and caramel, accompanied by a light kiss of vanilla. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor is smoky and bitter, but also quite thin. Short, watery, burnt, bitter finish. Growler courtesy of the ever-generous ctipping on his birthday!
mrmartin (669) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a thin head. Smokey but not as smokey as expected.Sticky, smokey, bittersweet and bacony and definitely a little oily.
nimbleprop (4894) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at GABF. Pours an oily, opaque black. Smokey nose, licorice, bacon fat, malty, toast. Flavors of sausage fat, bacon, brown sugar, molasses, licorice, toasted bread. Full bodied, smokey, silky finish. Big sausage, bacon flavor.
marcus (6538) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Drakes Barrel House. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a very smoky dark malt flavor wtiha dry finish.
jredmond (5352) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at GABF 2012. Pours a deep black body with big brown head and lacing. Aroma is big roast, light chocolate and faint coffee. Mouthfeel is sharp with notes of roast, smoke, toasted malts, coffee and booze.
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at GABF 10/11/2012, thanks to Bluemeow76 for assistance with note-taking. This beer pours black with a medium thick tan head and sticky patches of lacing. Aroma of smoked malt and coffee. Full-bodied with a smoky character and notes of burnt malt, coffee and hops. The finish is charred malt and coffee. Good beer all around.
GODiSSOUTHERN (363) - Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
More aggressive than I usually like in a smoked beer, but drakes imperial stout holds up well against it. Bold roasted stout flavors pair nice against the heavy smoke backdrop.
brokensail (11008) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour with a khaki head. Super smokey nose with some nuts, salt, and bacon. Tons of roasted malt, a bit of sweet chocolate, and some licorice. Tastes quite smokey, but there’s a good chocolate character to it. A light acidity, some dark fruit, a bit of peanut shell, and mild salty bacon notes.