ChainGangGuy (4233) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a rich, clear dark amber body with a lush, creamy off-white head.
Smell: Pungent, redolent aroma of resinous pine and fresh-smelling citrus fruits. Plenty of caramel malt ready to balance things out, though. As the beer warms and is allowed the breath, the alcohol really begins to perk up, as does a bright spice character.
Taste: The hops do not wait for the caramel flavor and sweetness to dissipate, right away you get smacked with the fruity citrus, pine needles, and all the bitterness help within. A distinct spiciness continues to build throughout. The hops and bitterness hold on relentlessly into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Hmm, Iíd place it at the high-end of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Rich, luscious mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Quite nice. I look forward to seeing how this one ages and whether or not Highland will continue this trend of releasing an imperialized version of their current beer line. An Imperial Black Mocha Stout might be nice.
JMFG (1585) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours an attractive slighty cloudy copper-amber color with a thin white head. Grapefruity hop aroma on the nose, but not well-defined. A moderate alcoholic tone is present as becomes more apparent as it warms. Medium-bodied. Hop taste is strong, but instead of a grapefruitiness, there is a soapy/solventy mix that doesnít finish well. A dissapointment.
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to goldtwins for sharing - hazy reddish copper beer - spicy aroma, with notes of butterscotch and caramel - odd hop spiciness that doesnít integrate well - a bit sweet, with apparent diacetyl - the alcohol comes out a lot as it warms - not that good.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 Poured a hazy amber color. Oh and the fill was just barely to the bottom of the neck. The aroma was spicy and earthy but then as it warmed it seemed to go more American hop wise. Diacetyl grew out as the beer warmed as well. Some alcohol notes. The hops didnít seem to blend. Not a smooth aroma. The flavor was earthy again with buttery notes. Alcohol pepper in the finish. 5/3/6/3/11/2.8
Re-rate. No diacetyl. Grapefruit and orange juice aroma and flavor. Sweet malty finish. While not great better than the first try.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared by goldtwins, mucho gusto. Pale amber. Aroma is very floral and fragrant with an earthy/dusty note as well. Noble/spicy hops, fruity, leathery and alcoholic. Really a strange combination of characteristics. Flavour is quite floral. Balance seems to be all out of whack. Strong peppery alcoholic flavour. Iím in the minority, but this didnít really do it for me.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brewsgrass 07** Poured a nice amber color with a 2 finger head.Lots of piney hop aroma.Hops and malts flavor with a semi sweetness to it.The hops clinged to the back of my throat at the end with some bitterness to it.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of mgumby10. Thanks for sharing this rare treat Mike! Pours a glowing amber body with a small white head with decent lasting power. When it fades a ring of soapy bubbles sit atop the body. Aromas of hops, lemon skin, oranges, grapefruit, pine, malts and a noticeable amount of alcohol heat. Quite overpowering, even for a big brew like this. Fore is pretty much the same, big on the hop flavor range with a complimentary malt backbone that balances things out nicely. Medium carbonation, oily palate, slick mouthfeel. Finish is super bitter, medium length, and then hits you over the head with alcohol burn. A bit overrated so far I think.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy, dark caramel/orange/amber pour, very light beige head is thin and slowly receding. Lacing is intermingled dots and arcs. Looks very oily. Lactic acidity is strong coming off the foam in the initial nosing. Fresh hops are such an interesting display; notes of banana, strawberry, orange, berries, light pine and resin. Malt is very fresh, barley overrunning the aroma in an exciting way. This is incredibly interesting. The flavor is just as strange as the nose, though itís more focused and bitterness crowds the nonconfoming nuances into the corner. Bitterness is medium-high, resiny and fruity and piney. Malt is loaded with semi-sweet yogurt and lightly toasted grains. Hops collide with sweet sugars in a twisted finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, lightly and softly carbonated, moderately smooth. Weird acidophilus brew, what?
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Name: Imperial Kashmir
Date: September 22, 2007
Source: Brewfest, Asheville
Appearance: clear dark gold, frothy dirty white head, lots of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity pine aroma
Body: stick sweet body
Flavor: rich sweet caramel malt and pine flavor, good fruity tangerine character, light bitterness adds only a bit of balance, warming
Name: Imperial Kashmir
Date: October 03, 2007
Score: 3.7 to 3.4
Aroma: dark caramel and earthy hops to go with the sweet pine aroma but only light fruit
Body: normal body
Flavor: much more of the earthy bitterness in the flavor with the sweet pine and citrus taking a backseat
Overall: better on draft, needs some age
Name: Imperial Kashmir
Date: October 21, 2007
Source: cellar stock
Score: 3.4 to 3.6
Aroma: still sweet and piney aroma backed by the caramel malt
Flavor: earthy bitterness in the flavor continues to grow, the caramel and pine sweetness still present but stay into the background until warming and then surpass the earthyness, lasting bitter finish
Overall: aging well
Name: Imperial Kashmir
Date: August 02, 2012
Source: Ale Atlanta
sweet caramel, medicinal, fusels, herbal, not aging well, breaking down in a bad way,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
Suttree (4744) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brownish red, nice foamy head. Very piney, hoppy aroma, as expected, but also a definate caramel sweet edge, too. Very full bodied. Noticeably sweet at first, the a balanced out with a smooth pine and resin finish. Good stuff, certainly worth waiting an hour and a half in line for!