probstblueribbon (2701) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Bottled on APR 21 2010.
App.: Deep brown-black with a nice slightly grey tan head.
Aroma: Lots of tasty black coffee, a somewhat meaty/savoury/brothy/mashy note, black strap molasses, some grapey fruitiness, hints of licorice, wet ash, some alcohol, a bit weak for an Impy.
Palate: Medium+ body, fairly full effervescence with some prickly bubbles.
Flav.: Much like the nose with a bit more fruitiness and a bit less of the meaty/savoury/brothy/mashy characteristics, still kinda grapey, ashen, somewhat tangy; dry with fair bitterness and an ashen, blackened malt finish.
Doesnít hold up to some of the better examples of the style, but still quite drinkable.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty with a touch of coffee on the nose. Small head and midnight black. Very smooth and mildly bitter. Goes down easy and doesnít overpower the tongue. Surprisingly smooth for one so strong. A winner.
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Not really taking into account the style for this rating. Iím a huge fan of porters, and this was a very porter-like imperial stout. Complex, smooth, and bold. Chocolaty and malty. Superb.
Frothmeister (509) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Pours black with a thin beige head. Aromas of strawberry, cocoa, orange. If I were blindfolded, and told to guess what this was by scent, Iím not sure my first guess would be imperial stout. More like a black IPA. The taste however is pure stout. Flavours of dark malt, espresso, molasses, citrus. The alcohol makes itís presence known in both taste, and burn. Lots of licorice, and a little dough in the bitter finish.
fredthecat (292) - CANADA - APR 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
opaque brown with a creamy lasting head. smell is sticky figs, roasted grain, nice yeastiness. sappy hops are quite strong in it, alot of roasted malt, yeastiness, very smooth, actually no alcohol taste. very smooth and pleasant, but not extremely complex, though maybe this bottle is very young, its hard to tell with the LCBO.
presario (4521) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Black beer with a thick slice of chocolate pudding foam on top. Aroma is thin watery chocolate. Flavour is chocolate syrup and alcohol. Not too subtle. Dusty palate. Hint of cherry in the finish. Needs a lot of work.
Spab (2085) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a ultra dark brown with small tan head. Aroma of roast malt, coffee, molasses and a bit of fruit. Taste has a strong sweetness that balances the roast and coffee notes, as well as some fruity tartness. Alcohol is apparent in the warm, fairly bitter finish. Yet another solid offering from Grand River.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Date: March 06, 2010
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy streaks of lace
Aroma: roasted and dark chocolate aroma, touch of tartness
Flavor: sweet roasted flavor, touch of dark chocolate, sweet caramel, light tartness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Score: ** /4
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from the brewery. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasty and biscut. Tastes of cholocate and coffee some pronounced bitterness that leave a long finish. Not as thick as youíd expect an Imperial Stout to be, but very tasty, and the alcohol is well hidden.
wilderthanyou (744) - Guelph, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an expected motor oil short lived beige head. The aroma is pretty cool, as well as the typical roastiness, chocolate, licorice, and coffee, there are also some lighter, interesting notes of dark cherry, and mint. The flavour is pretty typical, and mirrors the aroma spot on, even with a little mint in the finish. Really an enjoyable imperial stout, surprised at the lower ratings.