thornecb (5319) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark into a snifter. Mocha head dissipates with solid lacing. Roasted hop aroma. Jet black. Very smooth, velvety -- like hot chocolate then a sticky, long well-balanced finish. Very nice.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to gputty for bringing this to our "stoutfest". Black pour with a medium brown head. Malty, sweet nose with caramel and brown sugar nose. Flavor is malty, roasty. Very interesting finish, as the sweetness immediately gives way for an intense bitterness. Slightly creamy, ultra smooth body. WOW!
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 22oz. bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is nutty, roasted malts, caramel and some other sweetness. Flavor has that sweetness upfront then knocks you down with bitterness. Palate is smooth though. This one will age well.
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small sample at beer tasting at From The Vine in Lewis Center, Ohio. Dark black; tiny tan ring for a head. Aroma spicy, floral, alcoholic, and a touch of roast and coffee. Flavor just plain knocks you down: Absolutely huge and thick and malty; some coffee and chocolate; alcohol bite is present. Palate is full and sticky like mud. Lacks complexity, but a very big beer.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into beer mug. A lasting brown head greets you by sitting on the deep dark brown, opaque body. The aroma is a big dose of spicy, herbal hops mixed with some deeply roasted malty lovin’. The body is so full that it coats the tounge...you’ll have to scrape it off (not that you’d want to). I appreciated that not all of the balancing bitterness seems to come from the hops alone; some of it is from super-dark roasted malts. In the finish I noticed what seemed to be a whisky-like bite from the alcohol. My only problem with this beer was that as it warmed up some I got a slightly medicinal quality late in the flavor and finish. Other than that, a GREAT beer!
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one punched me in the face, and I wasnt ready for it! Maybe Im not man enough to handle it, as much as it hurts to say it. But this was a bit too strong for me. Very dense chocolate, coffee, caramel-roasty smell and flavor. A massive brew to say the least, not for amateurs!
mkgrenwel (604) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Basically the description says it all. American hops, chocolate, coffee, roasted bitterness, slight malt sweetness. Actually not nearly as bitter as 75 IBU would suggest. Alcohol and licorice start to show up as it warms. I preferred it slightly chilled when the hops really shined. My rating reflects that only.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2006 Poured on the night of Edward’s (brooklynboy) surprise tasting, side by side with the Oak-Aged Version and accompanied by about 20 other stouts rated 3.95 or higher on this site. Onto the beer: Pours a decent color with a bit too much carbonation, and not a very dark head. Some solid notes of bittersweet chocolate and Sumatra coffee on the nose. A bit more of the same on the palate, although not as lush as one would be led to believe by its score. Some raisan and cream on the palate lead to a solid finish. Good, not exceptional. UPDATE: On draught at Crane Alley, Urbana. Once again I’m amazed at how much better imperial stouts are on tap. This impressed me yesterday with its mouthfeel and notes of soy, semi-sweet chocolate, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Much better on tap.
NachlamSie (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Great opaque black with a dense tan head. The aroma is very thick of chocolate, coffee, and accented with some pine. Nice chewy mouthfeel and a huge balance of malt and nice spicy hops. This is damn good, but is lacking that little extra flavor that the Oak Aged Yeti packs.
mjg74 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours black in color. Small bit of head. Sweet, milky, chocolate aroma. Coffee with sugar. Quite a bit of hoppy bitterness right up front. Some roasted coffee flavors. Followed by a hint of sweetness. Bitter finish like burnt coffee beans. Some alcohol is present in the finish. Full flavored impy. Nice winter warmer.