ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at The Bier Stein, Eugene. Pours very dark, aroma rich and roasty, lots of Bourbon. Sweetness, chocolate, lovely. Body smooth and a bit creamy. Age has done this well!
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample on tap at PIB. Pours a solid black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of molasses, dark fruits, dark chocolate, lightly smoked wood, bourbon. Flavour of dark fruity sweetness, coffee, molasses, butterscotch and oak. Cloying. Too sweet and boozy.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
My roomates stumbled upon a bottle of this in Glacier, WA of all places. Deeply infused with esspresso, this stout seems to take on a slightly thin/astringent character, although it gets better with warmth. The smoke comes through as well as some dark chocolate. The alchohol is there but all but buried under all that coffee. This definitely could use some time to mellow out, but with some roundness it could really be another excellent Full Sail.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2005 Rerate, aged 4 months: 22oz Bomber: Pours with not much head, aromas here include dark fruits (dates & raisins), port, and some mustiness; the flavor is heavy with burnt toast and charcoal, and includes some espresso and cola mixed in; ample piney hopping and dryish finish; the palate is acidic and slightly astringent, with moderate body for an impy; bitterness comes from highly roasted malts; aging really helps this. I’ll try my next one in another few months.
S_Side_Smitty (687) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma is licorice, oak-vanilla, and a slight alcohol bite. Taste is molasses, roasted malts, oak, and bitter chocolate - in that order. The finish kinda falls off. Not bad.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep dark dark brown pour with dark ruby hints. Sweet roasty aroma, some sweet caramel malts, and some candied darker fruits. Initial sweet caramel flavors, with more roasty malt flavors coming through in the middle, and a decent bitter finish. Some smoke and a fair bit of ashy bitter coffee, as well as some definite notes of raisins.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber into tulip glass, The Friday imperial stout tasting, summer 2005. The first beer of the night. Smell was earthy, like dirty roastiness, with some caramel mustiness. Tasted thin and acrid, somewhat green, with earthy tobacco notes before dry baking chocolate, fading into a slight alcohol sting and dryness on the finish.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Surprise, I actually enjoyed this one. dark color, decent brown head, no lace. Aroma very similiar to coffee. And it drnks with coffee intensity as well... body is decent, a bit light for a big stout maybe, but still full. Chocolate and hints of liquorice round out the beer. the finish is a bit thin. This isn’t really in the league as far as world class RIS...but it made me think that maybe Full Sail MIGHT produce a truly good beer at some point! This one is almost close.
TheRealMGD (552) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Parkway. Deep red-black pour with a short tan head leaving heavy lace. Nose is chocolate, licorice and booze. Heavy body and medium carbonation, with an oily mouth feel - particularly near the finish. Baking chocolate, cherry, licorice, vanilla and caramel. Finish is sweet and chocolatey with a touch of coffee late. A bit sweet for me, but really smooth and lovely - one of the better barrel-aged Imperial Stouts.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Maybe the first time Full Sail has failed to meet expectations, though they are pretty high expectations. Aroma is roasted chocolate, which didn’t compete well with the other chocolate brews at OBF. Appearance is nice and dark, with some red streaks in it, as well as a nice coppery head. Flavor is a bit too much alcohol for the palate, making it a bit harsh. Mouthfeel is very creamy.