MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black as night black with a decent brown head that leaves some lacing in my glass, chocolate, coffee, and tobacco aromas. Burnt coffee, chocolate and roasted nutty flavors, full bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel, has a nice smokey bitter finish, alcohol very well hidden, drinks like a regular stout, very nice.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours an impenetrable black with an almost non-existent head. Mouthfeel left a little to be desired, much like Old Rasputin. Nose was floral, likely from the hops. Reminiscent of a combinatino of Raspy and SK, though slightly more subdued. Alcohol wasn’t felt too much, even when cold. A pretty big coffee present, at times reminding me of Founders breakfast. A nice beer for me to try at the Pub.
BrockLanders (779) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 Bottle. Pours a dark black with a tannish small head. Nose is mostly roasty malts with coffeeish notes. Mouthfeel is vinous, sorta thin for an impy. Taste is full of bitter chocolate, hops and the roasty coffee notes linger through the bitter hop end. A nice ale, but it falls a bit short of the best in this class
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like SAE 30. Price likely fluctuates with crude oil futures! Not much head on the pour. Very roasty on the nose. Initial taste is roasted coffee followed by dark berries. Aftertaste is fairly smooth as hops cut through mild fruitiness.
Metalhead (632) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark color,nominal head. Not much goin on. Moderate alcohol presence. Other than that ,all I get is mild malt and watered down black licorice. The other 3 bottles are gonna sit til the end of the year. Ok, but kind of a let down,especially at $9 a 4 pack.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ah, an imperial stout available at many grocery stores here in the Cleveland area. Gotta love that.
Pitch black color, oily lingering head. Aroma of roasted malt and sweetness, with some plum and of course alcohol. Flavor of sweet roasty malt with some dark fruits and a little bitterness at the end. Aftertaste coats the entire mouth.
I think true imperial stout lovers may have mixed feelings about this beer; it doesn’t have the huge intense flavors of an expedition,storm king, or Speedway. What it has, however, is the typical GLB balance, smoothness, and tightness while keeping enough of the strong richness of a good imperial stout to be quite drinkable--in fact dangerously so.
While this may not be the creme de la creme of imperial stouts, it is a fine version and another in a long line of excellent brews from GLB.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. This one pours a dark brownish to black color, but has ruby tinges at its edges. No head at all, but looks as if it has a little viscosity. One can only hope at this point... Nose is sweet, but I cannot place the exact aroma. Definitely not coffee or cocoa. Now I am intrigued. Let’s begin... At first taste, I am unimpressed as all I have is sweetness, but nothing to really balance it out. Not incredibly creamy, thick, or carbonated. As the beer rolls down the throat, it stays the same. I think that it really sticks well to the style, but who cares? I’m not getting any really great hop tastes (this is not unexpected) and the beer is not improving with warmth. It is not a bad beer, but it would not compare with the best imperial stouts out there. A little obvious on the alcohol, but overall a certainly drinkable brew. This beer (although not their greatest sample) is more proof that the only good thing to come out of Cleveland is Great Lakes Brewing Company.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Barley’s #1. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is sharp chocoalte. Taste is chocolate, rubber, alcohol and hints of fruit. Very full mouthfeel. A good beer, but there are better impy stouts out there.
cazort (552) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 True to its name, this beer doesn’t even let light through. Very rich, warm, full tasting. Heavy and filling. Hops are present but are overpowered by a heavy caramel flavour. Not very bitter, but very strong. Not much aroma, especially when compared to the overpowering taste. You hardly notice the very high alcohol content in the taste, although you can certainly smell it. This is a good beer, but it is not very versatile. I think great lakes makes better beers and I certainly would not get excited about this one, more than say the Edmund Fitzgerald, which I honestly think has more flavour.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2005 186 beers drinken and rated. Some good, some bad. Some hard to obtain brews, some swill. A range of 4.9 to .5. Lots of beer, lots of flavors, but never a 5.0. Until last night, when on beer search to finish off my trade with Footbalm, I came across a ’new arrival’ beer at Binny’s Glen Ellyn, a Imperial Stout from Great Lakes. A company I have never tried a beer from, even though my 3 local suppliers have more than plenty of it laying around. Got home, popped one in the fridge in case I got thirsty later on in the evening. Sure enough I did get thirsty and poured this big black brew into my glass, very dark, nice light off white head. Aroma full of a bunch of goodies, alcohol somewhat present at first, chocolate, small hints of coffee, some small notes of dark fruit. Consumption of this beer is best described as a wonderfully made chocolate cake with a few cherries baked into it, with a nice hot cup of coffee to wash it down. Once in awhile a small hop flavor pops its head into play, but for the most part its a thick chocolaty cake through and through. I will have another of these tonite to confirm my 5.0 rating or give me reason to lower it, but I have to have another to double check. But at least for today this is my favorite beer consumed to date.
rerate: 4/22-Still a personal favorite, but the 5.0 has to go. After going through nearly a 6pk of this great brew, I found some inconsitencies, not that a 5.0 has to be PERFECT everytime you drink it, but I had a few 4.0 bottles in the 6 pack.