kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2006 RBSG, provided by whaleman (Thanks Dave!). Black pour with a little mahogany around the edges. Small thin ring of brown head. Very roasty aroma with a burnt character, notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and minimal alcohol. Great flavor, all of the roast and patent malt you want from an Imperial Stout, but not the alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and an oily texture. Very well done. A nice Imperial Stout that comes in on the lighter end of the spectrum, making it very drinkabe.
DYCSoccer17 (3637) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle shared by EyeDrinkAle at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2006. Thanks! 3 ounce sample. Woodsy/oaky, chocolate, slightly sweet aroma. There is a mild hint of booziness and more milkiness as well. Opaque, jet-black, oily, inky body with a tan head and nice lacing. Now this is what an Imperial Stout should look like! Vinous, sweet, mildly astringent start, which turns more chocolatey with a bit of booze and roastiness late. Nice and flavorful.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 06 - sweet lord, there’s been a lot of imperial stouts this evening... Roasted coffee dominates the nose. Medium concentration, with coffee and roasted barley showing upfront. Medium finish.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Eyedrinkale. BCTC. Solid black, rich tan head. Nose is very hoppy, some molasses, burnt malt, plum, dark fruits, chocolate. Flavor is bittersweet chocolate, fruit, burnt malt, alcohol, very hoppy. Damn nice. Like the cask of storm king I had but not as sweet.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to someone at the HW open house. Thick black color with a small, creamy tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor was dark roasted malt, mildly sweet, with some hop bitterness after. Also some coffee, vanilla and chocolate flavors as well. Not as big and in your face as some impy stouts can be, which was great being it was sampled on a hot 90 degree day.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At the last Heavyweight Open House. Typical Imperial Stout appearance, with a dark, thick body, light tan frothy head. Strong cocoa and coffee aroma, with hints of caramel. Bitter and powerful flavor. Well-roasted malts compliment the mild sweetness. This isn’t syrupy at all. The mouthfeel is somewhat chewy and thick. Yum!
eaglefan538 (3032) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this one was beautiful upon arrival, nice concave up crown on a somewhat thick and dense head. The lacing left behind very nice rings around the glass, showing each sip’s consumption. Near black coloring with slight brown edges. The aroma was initially bittered coffee and light hops, no alcohol. The flavor was also initially fantastic, a roasted and bitter-sweet coffee at the front with a perfect hop finish (wow, I could easily taste this sucker, as it was not served at near-freezing temps in Newark). As it further warmed, the chocolate came out a bit, although not as strongly as the coffee. A very nice balance of rich malt base and alcohol (not very prominent in the flavor) with bitter malts and some unoffensive (light pine-like or resinous) hops. Mouthfeel was thick and somewhat oily. This must be the best Iron Hill brew I’ve had to date.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at 4th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Beer poured an opaque, dark brown-black color with a small, creamy/frothy, light brown, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma was malty with light notes of roasted grain, burned cookie and caramel, light notes of molasses, chocolate and coffee; hoppy with moderate notes of herb; yeasty with light notes of dough. The flavor was moderately sweet, moderately bitter with a long, moderately-to-heavily bitter finish with a husky, garden soil aftertaste. The body was medium-to-full, the texture is velvety-bordering-on-syrupy with a soft-to-flat carbonation.
Ernest (7362) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Boulder Strong Ale Fest 2006.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, chocolate), moderately hoppy (resin), with a note of alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Rated this a little higher at GABF last year, but the hops and citric bite came out more at this fest. Not a fan.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of hopdog. Thanks Steve! This would be a 5.0 w/ a little more chocolate malt and a little more alcohol. Reminds me of Memphistopoles w/out that crazy raisin sweetness. A little drier finish than most imp stouts. Very good. I have never has a bad Iron Hill brew.