whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to SpringsLicker for generously giving me this bottle. Deep burgundy brown body and minimal cream-colored head. Lush chocolate, caramel, and toffee nose and flavor plus pleasant levels of roast. Light raisiny aspect. Silky texture. A belly-warming, elegant and very enjoyable imperial stout.
riversideAK (5458) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of dark fruit, dark chocolate, some alcohol and oxidation on the nose. Pours dark brown, almost black with no head. Nice flavors of dark fruit, a touch of light tartness, dark chocolate, roasted malts in the background and throughout. Caramelly sweetness as well. Balanced, well rounded, with some light bitterness as well. Dry earthy finish. Lightly carbonated, nice and dry. Aged rather well really. Good.
ChainGangGuy (4132) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours out a dark brown, near black body with a burgeoning, light beige head.
Smell: An aged aroma currently embodied by a deep vinous fruitiness and staunch earthiness. Notes of darkened barley and baker’s chocolate are secondary.
Taste: Roasted barley and unsweetened chocolate enveloped in an ultra thin coating of vanilla. Eventually, a modest sweetness appears. Earthy throughout. Touch of Italian almond biscotti. A strong dark fruitiness akin to over-ripened plums. Slight alcohol warmth on the sweet, malty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: While I had no trouble making my Save vs. Enrapture roll, I did still find the Dungeon Master’s Imperial Stout to be pretty good.
pantanap (3202) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from a trade with 11026 some time ago..... not too intriguing of a pour. close to a cola black with brown edges with a thin tan head that is quick to recess.... aroma of roasted malt and chocolate..... wasn’t expecting the flavor to hold up but it did with a sweet malt bill emphasizing the chocolate, roast, and sweet caramel notes. thin mouthfeel somewhat detracts but this is still a fairly solid imperial stout that has withstood some aging. would have scored higher had it looked better and had more body to it.
railcat1 (663) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botttle,this poured a nice dark black with a small tan head and a roasty malty finished and it aged well the alcohol was well hidden.CHEERS!
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle - thanks to riversideak for sharing; pours jet black, roasty and thin; syrupy, thin texture; caramel, vanilla and mild roastiness; super thin, but decent overall
after4ever (5358) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22. Thanks, Riverside! Jet black. Caramel highlights. Headless, laceless, still. Sharply boozy nose, even after all this time. Some vanilla showing. Watery light body (!). Sweet, sticky mid-palate. Mild finish. Shockingly underdeveloped...may be shot by the hands of time.
cbkschubert (2873) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with kp - I’m not sure how old this bottle is, but since I got it from kp, its got to be a few years old. Pours a clear brown color with a thin light tan head that faded fairly quick. No lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, light chocolate, cola, and dark esters. Suprised to not pick up much oxidation in the aroma. The flavor is quite vinous with light chocolate and roasted malt. There is a tad bit oxidation in the flavor. The flavor and alcohol lingers a bit on the palate. The palate seems a little thin. Overall an enjoyable beer to drink and glad I had the chance to try it. I bet it was really good fresh. Thanks Keith.
BlackForestCO (958) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 Bottle shared by Crosling. Poured a deep brown/black color with a thin tan head that diminished to a ring. Aroma of light chocolate, roasted malt, leather, and hints of dark fruit. The flavor was pretty similar, with a light chocolate malt leading into a roasty middle with undertones of coffee and fruit (I detected berries, but I may be crazy). Full and smooth, not much alcohol apparent. Sort of simple, a bit sweet, but overall it was a solid imperial stout that I am glad I was lucky enough to try. Thanks Nick.
AmEricanbrew (4890) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with a light brown head. Medium strong smell of mocha-chocolate malts. Smooth oily mouthfeel. Very sweet taste of dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Has a chalky flavor on the tongue to finish. Sweet even for an IRS. Not much depth of flavor here, but good in its own right. Alcohol is well hidden. 22406
pineypower (2189) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to whoever gave me this one, been sitting in the cellar for a while. Pours out black with a tiny brown head. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate and slight oxidation due to the age of this bottle. Flavor is complex with a nice thick mouthfeel. Chocolate, roasted malt slight dark fruits. Warming/alcohol finish. Nice