Hammy78 (660) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle purchased at the LCBO. Pours a cola colour that sits quite dark. Decent tan head that leaves clusters lace. Smells of dark chocolate, sugar, wood. Tastes dark bitter chocolate, slight coffee. Overall quite nice.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep black pour. The aroma is fairly roasty - slightly salty with a bit of dark cocoa. There is a little bit of peppery ethanol. Itís a fairly simple impy. Roast over pale malt. Not4 much going on in this one.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500mL bottle, courtesy of mds. Thanks, Mike! Took a while to get around to this one. Pours a reasonably dark brown color, pretty clear, with a thin, fine-bubbled medium-tan head with solid lacing; pretty light for an imperial stout, but a decent-looking beer. Some overt metallic notes in the aroma, along with some basic milk chocolate and caramel and a light roasted character; light cola notes; not particularly effusive and, while the metallic character does dissipate, it isnít an ideal entrance. Medium to medium-full body; medium-light carbonation; not really any overt show of alcohol here. Overall, really a quite lackluster imperial stout (or stout, even), showing some basic caramel, cola, and chocolate notes, but without all that much density or well-defined richness, and it feels a bit watery around the edges, frankly; some light smokiness and roast, as if a touch of smoked malt or liquid smoke was added; still, just doesnít fill out the glass or even itself; Iíve loved Grand Riverís lighter renditions, but this just seems an ill-fitted style for them, and overly lean for what it should be; even ignoring styles, this is a touch disappointing. Probably best served in a pint glass over a snifter. Modest finish of light roast and some reasonable toastiness; dry at the far end.
dink (49) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Over year old bottle. Aggressive pour into tulip, near black body tan head, so-so retention, laces sides. Getting roasted aromas and licorice. Creamy feel to this, lower carbonation. Nice caramelized sugar sweetness working against the high bitterness, almost reminds me of a black IPA. High drinkability, doesnít seem to be any alcohol in this at all.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(beer tasting @ Montyís Krown - Rochester, NY: bottle - 500 ml) Black pour with a tan head. Very light roasted aroma with some mild coffee and chocolate. Very muted roast in the flavor with a touch of coffee and toasted malts. Not bad but a bit thin bodied for an IS.
BeerandBlues2 (8481) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours clear black with an average, creamy tan head, long retention with great lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, roasted), average hops (earthy, herbal), and light esters (fruity) with notes of tobacco, skunk, and solvent. Flavor is heavy malt (chocolate, roasted), average hops (earthy, herbal), and light esters (fruity) with notes of soy sauce and prunes. Medium body and warmth, low creaminess and carbonation with a dry finish. Infected?
argo0 (11094) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 12, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
50cl bottle, bottled 5/22/09, thanks CaptainCougar. Medium beige head that mostly dissipates atop lightly hazed brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, moderately sweet, chococaramel, some sourness. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some cabbage/sour. Medium-full body, low carbonation.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled on 22 May 2009: Pours a clear deep mahogany with a spotty-lacing froth of beige head. Has a sour cooked cabbage nose with a touch of roasted malts. Seems infected at first wiff. Starts with a mild dark caramel sweetness quickly giving way to an acidic tartness and some vegetal notes before a slightly warming finish. This seems like I got a bad bottle, but I would expect an imperial stout to last up to two years.
ontbeermaker (2155) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Creamy stout, it has a nice finish and bitter flavour you would expect from a stout, overall I would prob have again
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle (with the new label). pretty standard taste and aroma of an imperial stout. it did have this nice undertone of sweet cherries in both the aroma and taste. very heavy. very good for an ontario brewery