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 (4548) - 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 (12100) - 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 (4604) - 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.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is of molasses , very deep roast, and a bit of soy. Flavor is great roast, biscuit, and chocolate. Excellent balance. Chocolate nibs come through in the aftertaste. Top notch.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a black color with brown highlights and a medium light brown head. Great aroma of biscuity and roasted malt with chocolate. Excellent flavor of biscuity and roasted malt with chocolate and a bitter finish. Light to medium body with a dry mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Great stuff.
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Draught samples at GABF and Kennett. Pours a hazy black-brown colored beer with a smattering of tan head that recedes to a thin cover fairly rapidly. Liquid seems rather undercarbonated which may account for the minimal, spotty lacing. Aroma smells like a balanced mix of milk chocolate, moderate roast, light vinous dark fruits and soft yeast. Not in your face at all, but not weak either. A very respectable aroma, that downplays any extremes (no hugely assertive high-alpha hoppiness, bitterness well-controlled). Notes of sweet, creamy vanilla in the background. Flavor begins on a milk chocolate note, with dry, but not terribly bitter roast, adding much of the flavor through the middle of the beer. Light coffee notes, with a touch of prunes and raisins follow, with some touches of light sticky molasses on the mouthfeel. Body is medium to medium full, though this is no big monster of an imperial, by any means. Rather, it’s somewhat simple, easygoing and safe, but well-constructed. Stands out as a well-made, drinkable, conservative imperial stout, but that’s all it really stood out as. Nothing new or exciting about anything going on, IMHO. And furthermore, the mouthfeel gets too watery on the end. It runs too thin a line between slick and just plain loose. Carbonation is not nearly as tight as I would prefer. Reminds me, quite a bit, of McKenzie 5 Czars.