Ibrew2or3 (6888) - 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 (3586) - 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 (4467) - 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 (997) - 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.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours black with a one finger tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and bakers chocolate. Taste is the same as aroma with hints of dark fruit and pomegranate. Medium full mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and well hidden alcohol. Very good.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 On draft @ Redlight. Black color with a 1-cm thick big-bubbled loose tan head. Sweet aroma with moderate roastiness, slight fruitiness, and some lactose notes. More roasty aroma apparent as it warms a bit. Clean slightly sweet roast flavor, a hint of fruity sweetness, light lingering hop buzz. Well put together. The pomegrante wasn’t real detectable to me.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ redlight redlight. Pours black with a huge tan head (about 2 fingers), leaves a nice lacing on the glass. On the nose wonderful chocolate, coffee, roastiness with a sweet hint of vanilla. Just a wonderful aroma. In the mouth chocolate upfront unfolds to a semi-sweet maltiness in the middle, then roast malt melds with the faint taste of berries and then a satisfying hop bitterness finishes. All of this is rounded out by a slight acidity (which hints of berries, could this be the pom juice?) that goes well with the roasty+hop bitter ending. Wonderful!
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2008 From WBF in Raleigh, but resampled later at a more sober time and place. The idea for this beer sound admittedly not so attractive... chocolate barley, Belgian yeast, and pomegranate juice??? Very dark pour with small tan head. Roasty chocolate and coffee. Some sweetness from the fruit, I guess. A little sour on the nose, but in a fruity more than oaky way (that would be the pomegranate). Odd thin, watery mouthfeel with some acidity from the fruit, I guess, that feels weird in a dark brew; but pretty good overall. Definitely better than it sounded on paper, and props for the interesting effort.