illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Noogfest 08. Pours brown black with a tan head. Chocolate and roast in the nose. Flavor dark roast and coffee, sort of like an Irish Dry Stout on steroids. There was an apple seed like flavor (perhaps astringency) on the finish that I did not care for.
Suttree (5407) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a growler at Noogfest 4. Like othersíve said, not a huge impy stout, but really tasty and well made. Plenty of coffee and chocolate, both in the aroma and flavor, with touches of rum and raisin. Perhaps a touch of smoke, too.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Noogfest Four-O
Growler, courtesy TBC. Pours a cocoa color, with hazelnut highlights, nice lacing and a tiny liíl head. Aromas of roasted notes and some nuttiness; fairly heavy malt presence. Some alcohol and malts, roasted coffee flavors. Decent hop finish. Smooth, relatively easy to drink. Not a giant imperial stout, just a fairly simple and drinkable beer.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Noog4. Growler thanks to BeerCellar. Dark walnut to black in appearance with just wisps of head. Smokey and roasty aroma. The flavor is just like the aroma. Very roasty and toasty grain profile. Any fruit is mearly secondary. Semi-dry medium body. This is very simple for a RIS and I would actually not classify this as a RIS. It is however, very enjoyable for what it is. An easy drinker.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 Date: 01/26/2008
Mode: Hand Bottled
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: black, fine tan head, sudsy lace,
Aroma: roasted aroma with sweet dark fruits,
Body: big body,
Flavor: rich roasted and dark chocolate flavor, caramel sweetness brings in some nice dark fruits, lots of balancing bitterness from a blend of the roasted malts and hops, chocolate continues to grow as the sweetness coxes it out,
picking up more fruity character balanced by the abundance of roasted
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a black body topped with a skimpy layer of tan-colored bubbles.
Smell: Earthy roasted malt aroma with a thin measure of dark chocolate trying to peak through. A few sprigs of spearmint and a touch of citrus.
Taste: Heavily roasted malts come across as quite earthy, almost soil-like. Mild dark chocolatey sweetness. Hint of mint. Earthy, herbal bitterness. Finishes roast and bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Just okay, not great.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pour almost black with just a touch of a garnet halo when held to light. The head is substantial, sticky, and creamy, on the pour, diminishing to thin skin that leaves behind creamy lace. The nose is fairly muted for an impy: dark roasted malt, chocolate and faint coffee, but the mouthfeel is anything but tame. Full-bodied and creamy-soft with a roasted and fairly bitter, hopped finish. Dark roasted, light caramel and chocolate malts dominate the flavor up front, transitioning to a dry, earthy, hop bite that asserts its presence at the finish. This is a very nice, full-bodied stout, but as far as impy stouts go, itís not nearly as complex or interesting as many others that Iíve sampled. It also carries the distinct misfortune of being overshadowed by an older sibling that is significantly better in pretty much every respect (Owd Macís). If I found this at just about any other brewpub, I would consider it a significant discovery.
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand bottled sample courtesy of footbalm (thanks!). Ratebeer rating # 2,800. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized light tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, burnt malts, and Iím getting some pine in there. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruits, and light caramel. Tasty.
Ughsmash (7281) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unsolicited beer at the Milwaukee YeHA thanks to the uncomparable footbalm! Poured a very deep brown with a short residual caramel head. Nose was of deeply-roasted dark chocolate with mild coffee.. a little light, without much hop presence coming through. Very much enjoyed the flavor... deeply-roasted bakerís chocolate and espresso beans with hints of prune and licorice.. very complex with a rich chocolate and dark fruity finish (had some less pleasant sour notes, too). Rather light-bodied for the style but maintained a full flavor.. a little sharp at times. Overall a very good brew. Thanks Eric!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque and inky chocolate brown in color with a deep, dark and dirty tan head. Concord grapes and black currant steal the aromatic show. Some fudgie chocolate comes through, but the grape flow canít be trumped. Bittersweet chocolate comes out of the gates first for flavor. Dry tongue stop and dark chocolate candies make their presences known. Instinctive black currant maintains a subconscious continuity of chocolate fudge ripples ripening throughout. Medium-to-fuller bodied with wholesome espresso coolers and milky cafť crŤme testimonies ensuing. Dry, dark chocolate finish melds fairly well with the broiled, bittersweet flavors.