strowlands8 (180) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is nice roasted malt with some chocolate. Taste is a bit different from what you expect from a RIS. Nice and hoppy, with a big roasty character. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, and alcohol is very well hidden. Interesting not quite sure what to think of it.
Bonesey (33) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 mL bottle. Pours almost black, with reddish edges and a thin tan head. Aroma is tobacco, leather and berries. Not the typical espresso notes found in a RIS. Taste is roasted malts with a bitter finish. Very smooth, no alcohol detectable, dry finish. Not a wold class RIS, but enjoyable nonetheless.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near black pour with a loose tan head. Sweet milk chocolate aroma with lots of oats, some brown sugar, strong coffee, subtle dark fruit and a bit of a mineral note. The flavor tastes like the malt was roasted too much and comes off very harsh and bitter. Heavy hopping accentuates the bitterness. There’s lots of nice milk chocolate and coffee notes that salvage the flavor a little bit and lots of alcohol in the finish. The body is creamy with soft carbonation but a bit thin for an imperial stout.
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a ruby red reflectiveness emanating from the back of the glass. Appropriate tan head, however diminishes leaving a nice lace on the glassware. Aromas of sweet toffee and rum-rasin. Two tasings; butterscotch like initial experience followed by your typical complexity of an imperial stout. Slick chewy mouthfeel and tight finish leaving just a touch of lingering bitterness and sweetness.
probstblueribbon (3654) - 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.
Doesn’t 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 doesn’t 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. I’m a huge fan of porters, and this was a very porter-like imperial stout. Complex, smooth, and bold. Chocolaty and malty. Superb.
Frothmeister (706) - 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, I’m 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 it’s presence known in both taste, and burn. Lots of licorice, and a little dough in the bitter finish.
fredthecat (319) - 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 (4902) - 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.