thirdeye11 (5739) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bomber) espresso brown with a dark tan head. Nose of vanilla, bit of coffee and graham cracker. Taste of rich chocolate, raisin, bread, but in the end the finish is a bit woody and medicinal. I was expecting more out of an IS from Goose Island.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Beer Bistro Invasion. Pours a deep brown black with a tan head. Looks a bit thin in the glass, oddly enough. Nose is deeply roasty with the cocoa playing secondary to the malts. Some caramel comes through. Not a particularly distinct stout, but not bad at all. On taste, big roasty bitterness and dryness across the palate. Round sweetness comes through as well. More chocolate, but it’s pretty nondescript, which with an Imperial Stout can be a good thing. Solid.
hayduke (3580) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This came to me from Strykzone. Poured a very dark red with with a rich brown head and lots of lacing. Very attractive. Nose is roasted malts with chocolate mostly. The body is heavy and there is a slick creamy mouthfeel. The flavor shows alcohol, and again mostly chocolate. Finishes lightly bitter. A superior Imperial Stout in all aspects. Thanks Dave for this one.
Dunbar72 (135) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanx to tkrjukoff. Pours black with a medium, brown head. Sweet aroma of dark chocolat and milk. Taste of chocolate, coffee. Very sweet, spicy. Bitter/sour/sweet finish.
Reynolds314 (2760) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not the best offering from goose island. Taste is burnt ash and cocoa with some light fruity sourness. Not as chocolate as I expected by the description which wasnt necessarily a bad thing but it still left much to be desired.
hamilton23 (617) - Alpine, California, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 22oz bottle into tulip. Pours nearly black with tan head. Aroma is alcohol and a bit of dark cocoa. Taste is slight smoke and dark chocolate.
Ernesto987 (4451) - Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Too sweet, not much for a nose. Has an off flavor of an odd bitterness. Something about this boy ain’t right.
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
poors thick and rich solid black. Smells like chocolate heavily seared in a cast iron skillet. Taste is very campfire ash with dry black cocoa nibs. pretty good thanks drowland.
Cavie (4005) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with big thanks to thirdeye11. Pours a dark dark brown color with reddish highlights through the light. Very light carbonation. Aroma is dark roasted malts and grains with some light chocolate notes. Kind of an easy aroma. Flavor is very malty. Sweet chocolate flavors with a slick mouthfeel. Very very smooth. Finishes sweet and chocolatey. Very tasty.
Lowe1983 (1377) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a black color with a brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malts mostly with some coffee as well. Flavor wasn’t as thick as I was expecting. Lots of chocolate on the flavor. Plenty of roasted malts and coffee as well.