luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
"Maverick" 2003 edition. Beer pours a nearly opaque black-brown color with a small, light brown, frothy, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma is thick and huge! Malty with sweet heavy notes of burned caramel, roasted grain and molasses and moderate notes of black coffee; Hoppy with heavy notes of resin/pine and herbs; Strong miscellaneous notes of sherry/cognac, resin/pine and smoke. The flavor is heavily bitter, lightly sweet and lightly acidic with a long, warm, heavily bitter, lightly sweet finish. The body is full, the texture is syrupy and the carbonation is soft.
masedawg (156) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little lighter in color than most imperial stouts. Pretty roasty in flavor. Good beer, but ive had better imperial stouts.
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle this beer pours thick black with a small creamy brown head. Nice smokey malt aroma with waves of chocolate. Plenty of roasted malt, caramel, a burned wood character and a potent bitter hop finish with notes of juniper berry. Fairly full swallow with a tinge of alcohol tickling the throat. This brew lives up to its reputation and I am glad that it is finally available in Georgia. I am also quite happy I have another bottle in the chill.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Impenetrable dark brown with a large head. Nice aromas of roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. Smooth roasted coffee flavor. Alcohol takes on a woody, roasted character as it warms. Good balance of intense hops and malt sweetness. Finishes with a malty expresso flavor. Powerful and good.
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours black with no head. taste of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. dry bitter finish. slight chocolate, malt, hop, alcohol aftertaste. This is an excellent beer.
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I haven’t had but one or two imperial stouts, so I don’t have much to compare this to, but it’s pretty good. It pours an extremely dark tar-like color with a very thin brownish-orange head. While the head is not tall, it does leave a thorough and uniform lacing in the glass. The aroma is a little hard to pin down in one sentence. There’s a very roasty malt smell, a sharp vein of hops, and a bit of dark fruitiness in the background. The beer has a bitter character, but is well balanced with a rich, nutty maltiness. It feels very rich in the mouth -- not quite silky, but very thick. The beer finishes dry and leaves a nice, bitter aftertaste that lingers. There’s also a slight stickiness left behind, but with a beer this rich, that’s expected, and I accept that. Overall, I like this beer. It’s a bit too powerful for my taste, but it IS an imperial stout, after all.
Skinnyviking (7905) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown creamy head. Black body. Choccolate aroma. Choccolate coffee flavor.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black pour with a significant brown head for an imperial. Nose is mostly roast and oats. Palate is very heavy and sticky dense. Flavor is fairly typical for an imperial that starts out roast, has nice toffee and oak middleground, and finishes with tar and dryness. Not quite as bitter as expected. I had a freshly brewed bottle and it was good, but it was also clear that it was rough around the edges. Alcohol presence prevents the fruition of many of the latent flavors. Worth cellaring and another look.
Nejhleader (1351) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good strong stout. Had a nice creamy texture. Roast aroma, roast taste, toffee, caramel mixed in. Tad dry aftertaste.
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma was as expected: roasted, coffee, but not very strong. Nice creamy, light-brown head. Excellent lacing and a fully lasting head. Color=black. Initial flavor was moderately sweet with a similar, long finish. Medium to full body with a syrupy texture. There was a heavy alcohol finish. I was a bit underimpressed with this one, as I really love the Oak-Aged version. I think this one needs a year with respect to the alcohol feel.