mcox90 (1835) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Daknole. Pours a black color with a hint of purple with no head to speak of. Nose is coffee, chocolate & a hint of citrus. Palate was a bit lively for an Imperial Stout, but it works for this brew. Interesting mix of flavors here. You got dark , bitter coffee, bakers chocolate, a hint of spice from the belgian yeast & an odd citrus presence. I’ve never had pomegrante juice, but that must be what I am tasting here. You owe it to yourself to try this brew.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Date: May 31, 2008
Source: Tasting, Noog Four-O
Appearance: black, wispy tan head
Aroma: big roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate and lots of earthy hops
Body: thin and creamy body
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, dark caramel sweetness, touch of roasted for balance
Date: January 23, 2009
Source: summits woodstock
Score: 2.7 to 3.1
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: dark roasted aroma with lots of sweet fruity esters, upon warming it picks up a big woody and tart fruity cherry pit character
Body: creamy body
Flavor: strong roasted and dark chocolate flavor, lots of fruity esters add a strange but balancing sweetness, sweet licorice, develops a tartness to the fruity esters, oaky character comes in to meld with the tartness and add an earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roast, and caramel. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, coffee, roast, and a sweet brown sugar finish.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2010 On tap at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a pitch black color, with tons of fluffy white head, and very thick, creamy lacing. Roasted malts hit the nose first, and esters of fruit (hard to tell what) and distant hops. Roasted nutty flavors, coffee, and some malty pomegranate. Peach and hops finish things out. Bitter touch, easy to drink. Body is full but still easy enough to digest. Wouldn’t call this a textbook imperial stout, but a very nice addition to the style.
Ibrew2or3 (7960) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured up into a stout tulip glass from the tap at the Oldsmar Tap House. Pours dark dark brown with frothy brown head and spotty lacing. Nice big inviting aroma with dark roasted malts, burnt malts, sweet rich maltiness and chocolate malts. Really nice smell of each successive draw from the glass. The taste seems a bit thin for the style. I get highly roasted malts to burnt malts, some coffee and chocolate with faint dark fruity esters. There is a fruity pomegranate fruit tartness that runs into the finish.
Floridadude (5) - USA - MAY 18, 2008 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had on tap at Redlight Redlgiht Very good stout, very smooth, this one will be in the fridge when they start shippnig it in bottles!
SHIG (4380) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught: Poured a black color with a light brown creamy thick head. The aroma was coffee bean and bacon. Taste is smokey with burnt caramel malt.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours pretty pitch black, with a medium light brown head. Smells of some roasty dark malts, and little bit of dark fruit, although the aroma wasnt very big and bold, but more subtle. The flavor was definitely roasty, with a bit of chocolate malt, and got a touch of pomegranate, although it wasnt prominent in the flavor, but more there for moral support pretty much. Pretty nice palate on it, went down pretty smooth with not much trace of alcohol at all. Definitely better than their first offering, but still didnt blow me away. Very solid though.
markwise (5085) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2010 After revisiting this one in several different batches, I decided to revisit my rating with my palate from 2010 instead of when I first rated it in 2008. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is slight roast, lots of chocolate, and some pomegranate that adds hints of tartness and dark fruit. Flavor blends pretty well. This one courts that tart fruit flavor, where other imperial stouts usually don’t want it. Body is a bit thin for the style, but if this has 8% in it, I cannot detect it. It is also markedly sweet in the finish from the pom juice. I am not sure if I really like it, or am ambivalent; it would depend on my mood.
BeerFanDan17 (1060) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good stout on draft at OTH. Holy Mackerel does it again with an a great stout. Flavors are diverse with the hint of pomegranate evident. Other flavors are malty and roasted.