cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got me one of these bottles from Riversbend and another from TurdFerguson in the mystery swap: This one pours very dark brown, almost black. The head pours very sizable and one of the darkest heads Ive ever seen. Smell is a suprisingly not what I expected. I was expecting a nice roasty smell, but I got more of a sweet chocolate smell. This one smells almost like mocha. Taste is a little bit more like I was expecting from the smell. There is a fair roastiness in this, chocolate, a hint of vanilla, a touch of coffee and a hint of a nuttiness taste. The more I drink, the more the coffee flavor seems to pull away from the other flavors. This one feels just a touch on the watery side. Carbonation is just right on this one. I wonder if sitting on the other bottle will make this taste a little more complete.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the New York release at Hop Devil Grill. Dark, roasted malts is the big story in this imperial. The mouthfeel isnít as silky as the really good ones, nor is there the big coffee chocolate that is common among the heavy hitters that litter our beloved Top 50 here. You can actually feel carbonation instead of the usual oily, motor oil. This stuff is a nice change from those. Would I prefer a thicker body, sure. Do I like this as a nice alternative, sure.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From secret Santa! Pours black, with a smallish light tan head. Smells of big dark fruits, dark malts, light chocolate, and definitely get that wheaty aroma in there too. A wheat stout is definitely an interesting idea. The taste is very roasty, with alot of toasted malts, slight bitterness, chocolate, and some of that wheat is certainly noticeable. Not a whole lot, but its there. Nice big flavor, i enjoyed it.
DocLock (8185) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Onyx pour with 2-finger brown head. Aroma of roasty dark patent malt, chocolate syrup, black strap molasses, slight hops and coffee. Tasted roasty dark malty, with chocolate syrup at mid-palate, plus brown sugary molasses, hops, and some figs. I didnít detect any wheat in this. The palate was medium in heft. This one is very well made.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9oz bottle from Caponeís (Norristown, PA). Batch 73. Deep black, with a substantial, frothy brown head that does not diminish at all. Rich roasted chocolate malt aroma, with some coffee and mild anise. Burnt coffee flavor, with some cocoa and tar. Long, astringent finish. Looks and smells better than it tastes.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours heavy black with a tan frothy head. big roasted aromas of coffee and some toasted sweet/bitter candy. flavor was dark and smoky. eases up a bit as it warms. some bitter chocolate flavor throughout.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a tan ahead. There are aromas of choclate and coffe. The beer is smooth with coffee and chocolate flavors and a roasted finish.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Columbus Tasting 8 - Poured black with a short tan head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee. Flavor was dark chocolate, a good amount of roasted and even some burnt malts. A touch of astringency on the back of each sip. Interesting bitterness lingers throughout
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bang bang! This one glugs out the bottle like motor oil with a rather large tan head at first that quickly dies down but sticks around at about an eighth of an inch. The smell is roasted coffee and dark chocolate and maybe a bit of blackstrap. The taste is acidic like some dark roasts Iíve had and thereís some very vinous notes as well. Very nice.
Nephilium (1445) - Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked this one up on a whim. It pours beautifully opaque black with a coffee colored head that foams, then settles down to a cap, leaving sheeting on the sides of the glass. The aroma is something I canít place, a bit of spice and something almost astringent. Very smooth mouthfeel, if not a bit thin for an Imperial Stout. And like the aroma, the flavor is interesting. A slight sweetness, hints of smoke, chocolate, and yeast. Overall, itís something thatís truly interesting, but Iím not sure if itís something I like or not. Iíll probably pick some more of this up to cellar.