JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a thick dark brown head. Great sweet chocolate top notes. Milk chocolate, chewy sweet malts, heavy roast, sweet licorice, earthy malts. Flavour is sweet and chocolatey, caramel and a nice earthy flavour. A touch of soft leathery character. Well blended, lingering roast. It’s a well-made and tasty brew.
PhillyBeer2112 (2523) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty dark and viscous pour, maybe not as dark as Yeti but pretty dark. Basically a dark brown color during the pour, giving up a very dark brown, but short lived head, minimal lacing. Big big aroma, nearly all of it "chocolate mocha milk", and then a touch of burnt malt. The flavor is big, not so sweet, but with a dark raisiny fruitiness swimming amidst a dense burnt chocolate, alot of char, even burnt oak, and heavy black malts. A fair bit astringent and heavily acrid/bitter, coating the whole of the palate with the bitterness of black malt. Only a tingle of alcohol presence in the long bitter finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled on 1/26/07: Pours an oily viscous opaque with a thin-lacing ring of light brown head. Sweet, dark roasty malty aroma has some coffee notes and dark chocolate. Body starts fairly full and viscous, but not as sweet as one would expect based on its density. They must’ve used lots of oatmeal in this. Has some mild brown sugar and raisin complexity with a lot of lingering roasted notes toward the finish. An interesting imperial stout, but could use a little more sweetness.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of moejuck. Pours dark brown with a dark brown full head. Smells soapy with some chocolate and oatmeal hints. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and some fruity hints. Mouthfeel is oily with a roasty finish. The alcohol is not noticeable on this which is impressive.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with OhioDad and BigErn and shared at our Mesa Gathering - Pours a thick black color with a thin tan head. Very little lacing. Aroma is mostly roasted malt with some light coffee and chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt, light chocolate, and vanilla. Very nice. Medium to full body. A smooth, easy drinking beer. Good Stuff. Thanks guys.
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark like oil, pitch black with the muddiest head i’ve ever seen. smoke oats, chocolate, and coffee dominate the nose, but are balanced with a slighlty hoppy finish at the end. this beer bites you.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Notalush for sharing his beer! This was a decent Imperial Stout overall, but for me, it was a little light on the body, and a bit too much like an oatmeal or cream stout with a higher lactose-type sweetness. It was not robust enough for me. It did sure pour nicely - black, thick like oil and nearly no head at all. Espresso and a pleasant smokiness in the flavor. Goes down smooth and is easy to drink. A good beer overall.
beastiefan2k (2408) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared by Notalush. Pours motor oil black, very small head but a thick, sticky brown lacing. Aroma is strong but with that hated bean/cold coffee aroma that I hate. Behind that there is a chocolate and and plenty of roastiness. Good amount of sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel is oily and slightly undercarnbonated. Lots of coffee bitternesss. A medium-heavy body. Still, that bean is bad.
notalush (4833) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from ogglethorp (thanks!) - Son of a freakin’ bitch, why can’t these hot new impy stouts ever live up to the hype? - it looked soooo good when I poured it - thick black pour that no light can get through, with a very short-lived tan head - highly roasty aroma, with hints of black coffee, vanilla, and a tiny bit of oats (none of the other complex notes I’d expect from a world-class impy) - a rather slick mouthfeel, with a medium body for the style - coffee/roasted notes, with some touches of cream, which is probably just my brain making associations between the sweetness from the oats and the coffee flavors - the oats give a nice smoothness to the beer, which I have to give it credit for, but the flavor is pretty much chocolate and roasty/burnt notes - flavorful, but not complex - this really didn’t make a huge impression on me - nice, but top 50? - I think not.
kramer (4903) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, via sliffy. Pours a pitch black body with just the slightest bit of light passing through the edges. Small tight bubbled dark brown head that faded to a thin ring. The aroma is deeply roasty with a good bit of chocolate, licorice, oatmeal, light alcohol, coffee, and moderate hoppiness. The flavor is very full , but not overpowering. Nice roasted coffee, chocolate, light burnt notes, soft oats, very light alcohol, and a little licorice. An impressive amount of complexity. Finishes with heavy roast, a touch of smoke, a little chalk, and a pretty aggressive hoppiness. Mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation and a very mouthcoating slightly chalky finish. This was pretty tasty. Very good masking of the alcohol level until it warmed up to very near room temperature. Good stuff.