RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark roasted coffee aroma. Cocoa powder and freeze dried coffee powder flavor (both seemed dry, I dunno). Doesn’t seem very complex to me, but it is well made, and a very solid imperial stout.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the better Imperial Stouts out there. Pours a deep black with a fantastic looking brown head. Aroma is roasted chocolate, barley, grains, and a hint of lactose. Flavor is chocolate, lactose, with lots of oat, roast and a touch of licorice. Nice hint of coffee and cookie as it warms. Maybe even a touch of maple syrup. Mouth feel is slightly oily. Amazing.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 Bottle. Aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate, wood, dried dark fruits, some citrus, and licorice. Black with an average sized chocolate brown cascading head that left a little lace. Flavor is roasty sweet and finishes bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Very good Impy from one of my favorite breweries. Top notch.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Armanetti’s on Lincoln. Pours black as night with a nice, dark head that dissipates into an oil slick on top of the blackness. Nose has some chocolate notes, touch of roasted grain and sweet kona coffee. Touch of alcohol burns the nose. Initial taste is a bit acrid, but full of roastiness and a tinge of sweet stone fruit buried in there, albeit roasted. The hops are definitely present in this one, though not as floral as the Storm King. This is a damn fine stout and I’m not sure why it took me so long to try it. Big mouthfeel. Delicious!
jstraw (1938) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2009
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Jerry’s. Black with chocolate shake, foamy head / Cigar box nose / Full body, chewy, with great balance and finish / Flavors of tobacco, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate, / Founders, the gods of stout.
That1Guy (1971) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crushed with Jakebra. Once again, big thanks to Honkeybra for this one. Just smells appetizing. Big, full, velvet mouthfeel. Flavor isn’t overwhelming, but is subtly incredible. Sexy, sexy, sexy. It’s...what’s the word?
hombrepalo (1853) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pitch black color with a brown creamy slight head that barely is visible. Aroma is of intense dark chocolate,dark roasted coffee,black licorice,malts,and raisins. Has a perfectly balanced carbonated flavor with hints of dark chocolate,coffee,black tart,black licorice and oatmeal cookie. Roasted coffee aftertaste.
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours black as night with a thin brown head. Malty aroma with alcohol, coffee and licorice. Now time to taste. Whoa. This beer is evil. Boozy flavor with some chocolate as it warms and a bitter coffee finish. Very good stuff, but curious to see how she calms after sitting for a year.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours pitch black with tan head. Has dark roast malt aroma. I homebrew and when I brew with dark malts it has a distinct smell. Its pretty raw. This is what this beer smells like. That raw dark roast aroma. Holding this beer in my hand is like holding a bag full of dark roasted grains. Has a medium mouthfeel. It has a creaminess to it as well. Flavor is dark roasted malt flavor. Its as if I was chewing on raw roasted malts. Starbucks coffee, alcohol, and some hops on the finish. This beer is super fresh right now. I bet it will age and develop some character over time. Nice brew.
Merrill (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremly dark pour with medium brown thin head. Hot malt aroma, roasted grain and astringent hints of coffee. Wonderful balance of oak and smoke with a healthy hop bitter, deep and warm with a complexity of loam and old growth forest at the center. Very well balanced malt and hop characteristics with a long, satisfying bitter finish.