Ernest (6603) - 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.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle via trade with hopdog! - Thanks Steve! - Pours black with a creamy and pretty large initial head that faded relatively quick to a film and laced some from there on down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, and some definite hops. Flavor is a nice blend of chocolate, coffee, liccorice, roasted and even some burnt malts. Some dark fruits there too. Black currant and plum.. Very complex, unique, and delicious. Smooth drinkable palate with just a touch of astringency but nothing offensive. Not much carbonation and I didn’t find much alcohol either. Pretty tasty and worth seeking out!
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(super thanks to hopdog for a bottle of this hard to get brew)this imperial stout poured a nice black body with a creamy 1/2 inch dark brown head.as the head sat it left very nice lacing on the sides of the glass.my nose picked up a mix of bitter coffee grounds,chocolate,and roasted malts.the flavor was a super tastey mix of coffee,chocolate,smoke,liquorice,and roasted malts.the mouthfeel was on the medium side and the flavors all melted together well.this is an outstanding impy for sure.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taster on tap at brewpub. Slight coffee smell with the alcohol coming through. Dark black with good head. Bitter first taste with coffee and chocolate hints. Can definitely taste the alcohol, but not overpowering. Very tasty....best of the brewpub for sure.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 @brewery pours dark with a decent sized tan head, strong aroma of chocolate malts and some roast, flavor is chocolateywith some bitter roasted malts and a good splash of alcohol, good healthy body, good stout. Resampled @Capones
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler pours a hazy dark brown with a frothy light brown head. Very good lacing and head is lasting. Aromais of heavy chocolate malt. Some coffee. A dry chocolate flavor. A soft medium beer with all the goodness I expected.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bourbon is strong in the bittersweet chocolate aroma shows plenty of roasted malts and vinous dark fruit character. Opaque brown body is topped by a low tan head that recedes to ring. Bittersweet chocolate flavour is strong with equally strong roasty bitterness and pervasive bourbon character. Fruitiness emerges in the aftertaste. Medium full body with rich, thick, sticky mouthfeel and somewhat low carbonation. Sampled at the Kennett Square Brewfest 2005.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught) Pours a black body with a moderate tan head. Aroma of raoste malt and chocolate. Flavor of rish chocolate with a creamy mouthfeel.
TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the North Wales location. Actually on cask. Served in a pint glass and my server brought me a sample of the draught version for comparison. Pours a dark black with an average size tan head that stayed the whole time. Aroma of sweet chocolate, coffee, some dark fruits, alcohol and lactose. Flavor of chocolate, more coffee, roasted malts this was really a great Imperial Stout. Great aroma, taste and palate (smooth, creamy). The cask version was a lot smoother (obviously). But the flavors/aroma were very similar. Can sense the alcohol a bit more in the draught version.