GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL thanks to solidfunk. Pours deep cola ruby to near black with a larger, rocky, sheen mocha head. Creamy lacing. Quite the nice pour. Excellent, frothy lacing. Nose is lactose, almost milk stout, sweet toffee and raisins, toast, Marmite. Not bad- rich aroma. Taste is watery, slightly metallic, quite bitter, excellent baker’s chocolate and smokey malt. Almost like Guinness Foreign Extra: thinner in palate but still quite rich. Smoke character is actually quite excellent. Bittering hops are prominent and add excellent balance. Much better than I could have ever expected. Very strange little beer- but I’m not going to lie. I like.
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to GT2. Very dark brown pour with garnet hints and a tight frothy tan head. Thick lacing. Really big dark fruit and toffee character in the nose, with big bakers chocolate bitterness and character in the flavor. Brownies and toffee follow with hints of cocoa nib. Too much toffee character. Medium to full body with an oily body. Not quite enough carbonation for me. Really not bad at all, but not world class by any means.
rapago (7) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2012 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The name promised so much more than the beer delivered. Looks good in the glass, but it is not as thick as I would like.
Dogbrick (7123) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Strange Brew Tasting on 02/18/2012. Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head that recedes quickly. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of cocoa and roasted malt. Medium body with flavors of smoked malt, fruit and chocolate. The finish is chocolatey with a short charred malt aftertaste. Fairly average overall.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Dark brown pour with a medium tan head. Smoky nose with dark fruit and lots of roast. Hammy smoke flavor with a bit of chocolate before a bitter roasty finish.
solidfunk (2801) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A big taste. A surprisingly good beer from Grand River. Full body, although it doesn’t pour as thick as some imperial stouts. Strong taste of coffee and alcohol, heavy mouthful. The cost is good too - cheap for an imp stout. Underrated.
thb (655) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark, with lingering bubbly tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, black licorice. Peaty almost? Rich, oily mouthfeel. Taste is chocolate, dark fruits, sweet opening, intense bitter finish. Alcohol is a touch more present than I’d like.
neongolden (319) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(500 mL bottle from LCBO). Served at cellar temperature. Pours jet black with a medium tan head that held for a little while. Aromas of mocha, caramel, licorice and some soya sauce, the latter not my favourite. Initial taste is chocolate with coffee and malty sweetness, mid-palate rather sour with some vanilla, finish dry, bitter and somewhat roasty. Mouthfeel is a little thin for my taste of this style but it is not over-carbonated. A decent example of the style from my home province, but I prefer something either hoppier or richer, with fewer sour/soya components.
OntBeerDrinker (376) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black,with a big creamy cappacinno mocha head. Smells of chocolate,roastedness and mabye a tiny little smoke and or spice. Taste is lots and lots of chocolate and lots and lots of roastedness that is a little sour and its bitter. strong liong lasting flavours and heavy boodied,I enjoy it but too heavy and intensce for my likeing. Love stout and black beers. wish i could get a lot to review cheers
IWillBeLight (9) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2011 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A pretty basic imperial stout.
Pours black with big tan head that fades into nice lacing. Smell is coffee and chocolate. Taste is molasses, smoke and a bitter finish. Thick full bodied ale that sits heavy in the stomach. Decent but nothing special