Gachupines (1030) - USA - JUN 3, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with a large tan head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is strong roasted chocolate and slight coffee. Flavor is sweet with strong chocolate notes. Body is slightly roasted but finish is more sweetness, not much bitterness. Overall, quite an excellent imperial stout.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Dan Journal #467. Blind Imperial Stout Tasting bronze medal winner. Bells Expedition got the silver, but I’ve already taken notes on that beer and I wasn’t sure of the Batch #. Anyway...taster glass from the bomber. Pours pitch with a dense brown hue. Spiraling ring of khaki head. Aromas of burnt wood and fudge. Full bodied with a dry and bitter palate with a tangy, subtle sweetness. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate and fudge with an underlying sweetness. Nice yet apparent burn and very age worthy!
johnnnniee (2707) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hmm a double imperial stout, sounds interesting. Pours a solid black and a very vigorous pour produced a reasonable khaki head that slowly receded. Aromas of dark roasted malts, a non descript hop character, and hints of coffee, chocolate and licorice. Not overly exciting on the aroma side. Taste is mouth-coatingly thick and sweet. Chocolate, coffee, and molasses jump out of the gate right away. Dark fruit steps up midway through. Charred coffee, a bit of ash, a touch of alcohol and hop bitterness linger on the palette long after each sip. Insanely thick body with a creamy motor oil mouth coating. Light level of carbonation. I enjoyed the hell out of this one but then again I do love me a big thick stout. If these weren’t so expensive I would drink these all the time.
Camons (7082) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Private tasting, Denver, thanks to Adnielsen. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, smoke, licorice, dark dried fruit. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, smoke, licorice, dark bitter chocolate, plums, raisins. Full body with a creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Very good stout. 100411
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - MAY 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks bro. Pours pitch black with a roasted tan head. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, and malty oatmeal. Milk chocolate warms into alcohol and oatmeal. Slight carbonation, but goes down silky smooth, leaving a malty chocolate warmth. Exactly what it claims to be. Doesn’t get much better than this.
DalzAle (2002) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to StFun! Inky black pour, a small ring of carbonation a very rich peat and chocolate aroma. Flavor is rich bittersweet bakers chocolate, silky heavy/creamy malt and finished slightly smoky. Hoppin’ Frog does a hell of a job with their Imperial Stouts, and this one is no exception.
BrianDorry55 (333) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is chocolate, burnt malts, coffee, cocoa, and some booze. Flavor is burnt chocolate, toffee, booze, and figs. Medium/full mouthfeel with some heat. Really good beer.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour is black with an average, brown, pillowy head which settles quickly and leaves minimal lace. The nose is great and full of malt richness; lots of fudge, burnt caramel, some dark toffee, dark toast, some molasses and dark chocolate, faint currant, light roast, and burned oats. The flavor is similar but more roasted than the nose led on; full of fudge, nice sweet espresso, bitter chocolate, some roasted almonds, light molasses, some dark bread toast, and burnt caramel. The palate is nice with nearly lively carbonation, silky smooth and round mouthfeel, and a very full body. The beer finishes with lots of espresso, herbal and faint grapefruit hops, still fudge, and burnt toffee and bitter chocolate. Good IS, lots of rich malt notes in the nose, great palate, and plenty of balancing bitterness from the espresso, bitter chocolate, and hops. Much more roasty and bitter than the BORIS which is not seemingly my style but everything worked much better together. Certainly over-the-top but still not really warm which is nice in this beer. Quite similar to Stone’s IRS which is always a compliment.
maneliquor (3393) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is motor oil black with a two finger tan head. Hugely dense and some nice lacing. Massive roasted coffee on the nose. A little bit of molasses and smoke as well. Light booze comes through which is pleasant. Then you get hit with big coffee flavours constantly mingling with choclate, smoke and vanilla. A fairly light mouth feel adds to the drinkability. Finished quite hoppy. Good beer. BORIS is better though
pushkinwow (2195) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from 2010. Pours a dark black with a dark brown head that fades quickly. Great oatmeal and cereal nose, roasted malts, dry milk chocolate, coffee, some toffee and hints of vanilla. Very smooth on the palate, starts out nice and sweet, cut by the hops, get vanilla a the end, a nice dry finish but fades a little too quickly to be a great beer - still very tasty and no hint of the 10.5% alcohol. Would be very interested to try a barrel aged version of this beer.