Brigadier (3290) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle
With chris_o in town I decided to crack open a few bottles that have been in the cellar for some time now. As I find it tough to knock out a 650 bottle of high gravity imperial stout on my own recently company is greatly appreciated. This one lives up to its Top 50 billing. It will probably end up just outside my personal Top 10 but it is definitely one of the best 25 beers I’ve sampled to date. Keep up the good work in Ohio guys.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep black body was not the darkest imperial stout I’ve ever seen but no light escaped the glass. The pour swirled gracefully around the glass building a beautiful tan head. Oatmeal, chocolate and mocha hit the senses first. Next comes anise and smoke then finally vanilla. Sweet and smoky at the same time it is a very rich combination that makes me want to bottle the scent.
Aroma / Appearance - A chewy mouthfeel is rich with experiences. First comes the oatmeal which has been mixed with raisins, chocolate sauce and caramel. This recedes revealing the next wave of smoke and anise. Both are balanced on a wonderfully light bitterness that yields to a sweet background. Mocha and honey complete the tapestry of flavors. I was somewhat disappointed when the bottle emptied until I realized this is one of the most accessible beers in the Top 50 (for those willing to do some trading).
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with MrRomero. Big Roasted aroma tons of hops, plenty of dark fruit with some raisins and figs. Sweet darkness that finishes slighty tart the acidic finish plays very well with the sweet malt. A very nice brew, balanced by medium hops.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle enjoyed with friends. Inky slick pour with light carbonation with light carbonation and medium head that, on closer inspection, look like little a golden/copper chain mail made of bubbles. Deep roasted malt aroma with coffee. The flavor is semi-sweet with roasted malt, molasses, light coffee and milk chocolate. Very nice. Very full and creamy body. A tasty treat for number 700!
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle: poured very dark. Black with a big brown head. Very creamy looking. Chocolate and dark fruit aroma. The beer is quite rich with chocolate and some fruits like raisins, prunes, plums. Very smooth and very filling. Roasted malts in the finish plus some sweet fruits, ending with some sour fruitiness. Very nice.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber purchased at the Corkscrew, Urbana, IL. Pours a midnight dark with a brownish hue on the head, although not as dark as Dark Lord or some of the others. Palate is chewy and wholesome from the oatmeal, and the chocolate flavors are pronounced. Finish is prune juice and roasted coffee. Good stuff, just not up to the Founder’s Breakfast Stout standards in my mind.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Immy. 22 oz bottle. Pours black in color with very small brown head. Aroma and taste of chocolate and coffee.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Dan Journal #84. Tasted 4/30/2007. 22oz bomber. Opaque with a deep dark brown hue. Cocoa and bready aromas. Sweet smooth sticky malts. Good roast. Sweet initial malt flavor that evolves into a mildly bitter middle and then moves into a nice alcohol burn. Touch fruity with a vanilla undertone. Very smooth and drinkable stout.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from 22 ounce bottle, RBSG Minneapolis Grand Tasting, June 23 2007. Utter blackness, very nearly opaque, thin bit of lasting head....lots of licorice, vanilla, and old & medicinal Islay scotch in the aroma, quite entrancing if a bit too boozy....body is on first taste quite thick and rich, more chocolaty-sweet than smoky-burnt, light candied fruits throughout, a touch of espresso....eventually the thickness, verging on syrup, dries out and thins and the finish is just a little on the flat side, carbonation low throughout....but it never becomes really dull; a quality pour throughout, if never exactly mindblowing.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle purchased at Corral Liquors, Granite City, IL. Pours black with a tiny dark brown ring that clings to the edge of the snifter. The nose is of dark chocolate, sweet dark malts and a faint smoke. Medium-full bodied with a lively yet smooth palate, the flavor is sweet dark fruits, plum, coffee and chocolate. This is quite tasty.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours black, very minor head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Heavy mouthfeel with flavors of bourbon, maple syrup, coffee, and chocolate.