TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black maple. Rocky, tiny-bubbled gray-tan foam. Lovely nose of black currants bathing in port. Touch of roast, black licorice, coffee, and hazelnuts. Dry with medium spritz. Airy and firm initially. Possesses just enough softness, however, as ensuing rush of port and moist prunes uphold the body. Chalky, snappy malt spine vivifies the earthier roast twinge. Dab of nuttiness, but there’s little malt depth, otherwise. Tasty blend of brisk roast, vibrant espresso, and dark chocolate truffles is washed away by the char induced astringency and dryness. Quite gritty with some mineral heftiness and more astringency which ride alongside a plethora of fruity esters, ink, and espresso softness to lighten the hard malt frame. Finishes suggestively dry with a salty char accent as notes of black currants and molasses rise to the surface and linger. A pretty nice Imperial.
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate and coffee on the nose with a strong bourbon note. Pours black with an off white head. Bourbon upfront with oak flavors and vanilla with chocolate malts, a little thin and there’s a very mild tartness. Not bad.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Black pour with off white head. Full roasty aroma, chocolate and malt. Full bodied, licorice, chocolate roast nuts. Long finish witha hop note.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 Translucent muddy-brown body with a fading tan head. No noticeable viscosity. Deep and roasty with properties of rum raisin and ashtray. Comes across as fairly harsh and rough. Needs some softer, less roasty malt character to make this more complex, creamier and more palatable.
IndianaRed (2154) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Pours a very dark black with small tan head and lots of fine sheeting lacing. Drk roast and molassas aroma with some slight purple grapes. Very dark roasted slightly charcoal taste with hints of coffee. Moderate and very fine carbonation and a very smooth thick almost oily feel. Bitter citrus peal hoppiness. A strong brew that has a nice feel.
bitbucket (2154) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours opaque black with a thin tan head. Sweet coffee oak and bourbon nose. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Sweet chocolate, coffee and oaky vanilla taste.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks to David Noble for this taste--After aging over a year, this beer still held up nicely from bottle--Poured a deep dark, opaque black body with a nice little tan head. Complex notes of vanilla, chocolate, cream, and dark fruit. Somewhat boozy in the finish, but mostly just heaven sent!
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights when held to light and a nice tannish head. Aroma features lots of roasty malts, espresso, bitter chocolate, sour milk and floral hops. Flavor is all of the above from the aroma, with a little charcoal roastiness and a somewhat overpowering floral aftertaste. Medium to full body and cream carbonaton. This doesn’t compare to the best of the class, but it’s not bad.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle. Black color with a low-level, filmy tan head. Not a lot of hop aromatics in the nose (which is a good thing) and the malt aromatics are not exactly unpleasant but not really pleasant either. Hints of dried fruits, cocoa and abrasive hops in the nose. Strong, malty flavor, but very burnt and coffee-like and equally fruity, but not vinous with a banana infused yeast contribution. I expected more from Full Sail. This is pretty amateurish.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black with a tan and solid creamy head. Stringy lacing. It’s a good looking beer. Aroma is full of roast and hops. Bitter coffee and a touch vinous. There is almost a hint of ginger about. Chocolate. The flavor is bitter hops and coffee. There is roast malts and a bit of astrigency There is a hint of fruits. The palate is tingly with a bitter tail of mocha and espresso.