awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 500mL Bottle. Dark black, opaque pour with a huge head of fizzy tan. Grassy hop aroma with notes of dark chocolate and some faint, leathery tobacco notes. Medium bodied, shimmering carbonation with a soft mouthfeel. Lots of grassy hops and mild coffee up front on the palate, accompanied by a milky wheat creaminess. The flavor intensity builds linearly to the finish, transitioning cleanly from the vanilla nougat wheat characters into a lingering roasty, bitter hop finish. An interesting idea that should be repeated.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This stuff is out of control, and not necessarily in a good way. Boozy and wheaty and gnarly.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Another thanks to oh6gdx for this one. Unfortunately, it really wasn’t up to par and someone who I was sharing this with had suggested a possible infection. Perhaps. Overall it wasn’t very good. Nose was lacticy sour, a touch ashy, raisins and sweet malts. Appearance was beautiful, with a huge eruptive dark tan head underneath a solid black body. Flavors had a helping of malt astringency, ashes, dark fruits and a touch metallic.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 Hugely dark, black body with a light freckling of a frothy tan head (poured rather carefully). Expressive nose, the wheat components come across unexpectedly forcefully. Great combination of spices, fruits, dark roast and chocolate. I’m thinking: chocolate covered bananas, coffee and clove cigarettes. Underneath, caramel and toast--some black cherries too. Not as overly sweet as some imperial stouts get; it has a pleasant light dryness that keeps it almost, dare I say, refreshing? The chocolate aromas and flavours really step up with some warmth. Tangy acidity throughout like expected from a wheat beer. In a way, I’m reminded of Fantôme Chocolat and that wonderful spicy/sweet combination. Some hops start to stand out as the beer comes to room temperature--earthy and spicy. Medium to full bodied with a soft, velvety texture all lightened by lively carbonation. Interesting, fun, different...thanks J.
50cl bottle, goblet, brewed sep. 07.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep black with two fingers of creamy tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, sweet molasses, coffee, astringent, anise, slight dark fruit notes. Flavor has strong caramel notes with hints of dark chocolate, slight caramel, and a nice bit of grain present. The wheat is a nice addition and makes this an above-average imperial stout, but doesn’t carry with it that ’wow’ factor that one looks for.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown/black pour with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, light chocolate, a bit of wheat and coffee. Flavors of roasted malt, light dark chocolate, a tinge of smoke. Medium body, roasty with a roasty/bitter finish.
PhillyBeer2112 (2751) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge roast and coffee aroma. Alot of molasses in the nose too. Lightly plummy. Big grainy roasted flavors, slightly tannic and astringent, near puckering at the back of the tongue in that acrid imperial stout way. Tannins keep the sweetness in check. Lingering dark roast coffee in the finish. Perhaps some hints of bitter chocolate but there so much roast in here its hard to say what else. Full palate but not chewy, with a warming finish. Near black, opaque with a thin brown head. Neat and I suppose unique, but not a truly great one.
ABUSEDGOAT (2564) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, moderate head, some lacing and retention. Aroma is coffee, roast, chocolate, caramel, darker fruits, fairly vinous. Medium to heavy body, fairly sweet but not overly so. Enjoyable but lacks a wow factor.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent brew: best of what I had at the Columbus gathering 2007 Christmas tasting. Roasted coffee with pecans and dark chocolate. Smooth warming finish.
jerohen (2167) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2007 Bottled. Pitch black, brown head. Lots of fruit in aroma, of course accompanied by roasted malts and coffee. Fruity flavour as well, obvious malt presence, bitterness. Dry finish. Unusual Imperial Stout. Interesting, but not really my kind.