merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAY 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark and syrupy black pour from the 22 oz bomber produces a fibe looking stout. Complex and bold aroma of roast, dark fruits, cherries, and chocolate. Thick, coating, and full bodied on the palate. Taste is roasty chocolate and coffee, tobacco, red cherries, raisins, and crushed walnuts. Some vinous alcohol is present but doesn’t distract. An oatmeal note adds a smooth veneer and some bitter hops add a pleasing finish. Best new stout I’ve tried for several months.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very rich roasted flavor with oatmeal character in the background. There is something that almost hints of red fruits on the finish and aftertaste, like dried raspberries.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark milky black with a dark lacy brown head. Aromas of coffee, sweet malt, and mocha. This is a serious beer! Intense coffee and dark chocolate flavors with a slightly sour malty finish. Alcohol is well concealed. I will definitely buy more!!
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a syrupy black with a healthy deep tan head. The head reduces to nada, leaving only the slightest ring in its wake. The aroma is big and bold, with lots of chocolate upfront. As it warms, lots of plum, earth and wood come out. The body is thick and chewy, the oatmeal isn’t shy in this one. Again, chocolate leads the way in the body, balanced by lots of rindy hops. Tobacco, smoke, coffee beans, firewood, oak, vanilla - it’s all here. The finish is just as big as the body, quite bitter and malty. I’m very glad to see this brewery being distributed in Indiana.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black pour, scant leather colored head. Aroma is mostly sweet candy. Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Flavor is a bunch of coffee and some candied fruit.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this after Darklord, maybe wasn’t the wisest idea. Black pour with a nice brown head. Nose of cocoa, roast/coffee, butterscotch. Flavor of cocoa and chocolate, oats, oild coffee, wood, and a nice hop flavor. Fnish balances everything and offers plenty of new flavors. Substantial bitterness, hop flavor and roast coffee. While sipping this, I kept thinking about what 06 Darklord lacked, and this beer offered up all those solutions. It wasn’t as sweet and syrupy, but it succeeded in everything else I’d want an imperial stout to do. Excellent.
Boutip (5025) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Jdoolin: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with limited retention but some nice lacing. Aroma of light chocolate with some subtle coffee notes is quite enjoyable. Taste of black chocolate is sublime with some nice roasted malt and some nice coffee subtle notes. Body is quite full with some medium to low carbonation. Alcohol was not noticeable with some medium sweetness. Can’t find much negative on this beer except a bit lacking in complexity to overtake some of my favourite from this style.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Harsh yet sweet, incredibly green hops (citric, mostly grapefruit) - incredibly high coffee astringency. No softness to the malt at all, no pillowyness that I want from an oatmeal-infused stout. Packs a punch, that’s for sure. Whatever - a dime a dozen....
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
HUGE!!! Pours like motor oil. Very black with color with a creamy brown head. oasted malt and coffee on the nose. Very thick on the palate with chocolate, coffee, carmel, roasted malt, and slight oats on the backside. Lingering MASSIVE finish.
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a tiny dark brown head. Intense roasted malt aroma. Creamy body that turns bitter as it goes down. Very nice Imperial Stout.