jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand bottled from a growler: Pours black with a thin layer of bubbles. Aroma load of citric hops, chocolate, roast malts. Flavor is fairly bitter citrus hops, chocolate, slight ash, roast malts. The huge hops in this one are very good but drowned out the malt. Still a top notch beer.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled by csbosox, shared by beerbuzzmontreal. Mega thanks to both!!
Roasty malt and a conifer forest of hops are well-balanced by the marrying sea of molasses. Steak tartar sits within, vibrant, throbbing.
Citrusy hops and roasted malt converge in a lasting but never overwhelming bitterness. Carbonation is pleasant for the style, and lets the tongue perceive vanilla and molasses. A basic example, and very well-done.
Another sturdy sargeant of the Free State army.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Floral, spruce, earthy, orange, lightly meaty aroma with strong roastiness. Opaque dark brown with a decent cover of fine-bubbled tan head that recedes to ring and swirling cover. Strong bitterness is both earthy/leafy and roasty in character while thick maltiness is subdued. Hops and roasted malts play well together but somewhat overwhelm the sweetness. Medium-full body with fair carboantion and a thick, chewy texture. Bottle (from a growler) enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur brune extrêmement obscure parsemée d’une généreuse mousse brune pale. Des notes très florales viennent agrémenter une forets de conifères dont le sol est recouvert de sang frais. Le niveau de carbonatation est plaisant et approprié au style. Flaveurs amérisantes très prononcées rappelant instantanément les houblons verts résineux semblent occuper beaucoup plus de terrain que le malt légèrement chocolaté. Une touche sulfurique suggérant le sang et la viande rouge est un peu plus apparente que souhaité. La finale est quelque peu rôtie et amérisante.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black color with a ring of light brown lace. Excellent aroma of floral and piney hops with subtle chocolate and roastyness. Excellent flavor of piney hops and chocolate with a subtle roastyness and a bitter finish. Light body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. Huge thanks to csbosox for sending this !
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black. Decent off-white head tops it all. Once again, a bloody, bone-dry beer from Free State. Slight vegetal notes barely manage to get through the salty, earthy and very dry chocolate aromas. Stone like dryness contrasts both the cocoa and standing apart floral hops leaving a leafy and almost chalky finish. Heavily roasty and bitter finish, far more than most. Silky mouthfeel though, rock dry and showing a very low carbonation level. Thanks Denis!
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Poured from a growler @ 52°. Served in a NB worthy glass. This is #10 for the Ironman. Poured dark, dark brown with a hazy khaki head, really just a haze and a head ring. Coats glass and tears up. Aroma is dark roasted malts and chocolate along with some dark fruits and some spicy hops. Nice aroma. The first thought when it hits my mouth is that the beer is thick and coats the mouth. It is also very malty and roasty, but not overly so. The start is sweeter with a bit of hops midway and a mellow finish. It is hard to believe that 78IBU’s is not enough for me, but I would like some more hops to offset this huge malt flavor. The hops flavor is there, but the bittering hops seem a bit light. The cascades, my favorite, seem buried underneath the malt. The flavor does have dark fruit and some spicy hops flavor..maybe as it warms the hops will come out, this is often the case with the Free State beers. I will let this rest for 5-10 minutes and finish my review. Well, 25 minutes later, the beer seems to be light and malty, but, alas, not a hop monster. It is good though, maybe the bigfoot ale preceeding it, whetted my hops appetite.
Re-rate 16oz glass served from the 5G keg that I bought (I love Free State!). I have figured out that this beer needs to be poured and ignored for a while. Under 50° this beer is all roast malt and aggressive hops, not bad, but certainly not shown it it’s best light. When allowed to warm up, this is a different beer. Aroma is roast, but not overly so, rich malt, lactose, dark fruits, black currants (Steve wasn’t kidding about the currant flavor from the N. Brewer hops) and a nice mix of hoppy flavors ranging from earthy and floral to light citrus. The color is deep dark black with a brilliant khaki head. Flavor is milk chocolate, dark fruits (prunes), moderate roast, and earthy, floral hops with a touch of citrus brightness deep in the background. Mouthfeel is substantial, but not oil thick. Such a nice beer...
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled from growler: Pours a dark, nearly opaque oily black with a thin tan head. Lightly roasted malt and fresh hoppy aroma. Body has a nice viscosity, but could be thicker and has a pleasant lightly fruity sweetness throughout. Finishes dry and roasted with dark chocolate and coffee bitterness. Crisp and very easy drinking, a session imperial stout if there is such a thing. Hides its alcohol quite well. Thank you again hopsrus!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a dark brown to black body topped by a thin to medium thick tan head with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a slight fruitiness and a slight smokiness. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter and malty with a slight smokiness and a touch of licorice and fruit. The finish is bitter. Full bodied and smooth.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good Imperial Stout, Thanks, TAR and Emily. Dark colored, pretty much black. Aroma of hops and some roast malt and chocolate. This Imperial is a little more hops dominate, some what similiar to McNeills or Maverick. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin for an Imperial, but very good all the same. Finish dry, almost chalky.