LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
strong ale fest at pizza port 06: a very very good imperial stout. some coconut oil and kona coffee. some dark chocolate and macademia nut flavor. the mouthfeel was creamy but had a tinge of baltic porter type flavor to it. yum. also had the BA version at the fest and it was fucking fantastic. much smoother, more mellow and more coconut.
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Kailua Kona brewpub 11/02/2006. Great beer with a strong rich malty aroma with evident coffee. Appeared dark brown, opaque with a tan head that laced considerably. A bold bitter flavor of roast coffee blended with rich sweet maltiness. Super smooth and creamy with a full body. Very nice.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, 2005 PP Strong Ale Fest. Deep dark ruby brown. Lots of roasty coffee and chocolate and malty. More roasted malt flavors, sweet, with lots of coffee and some chocolate. Flavor was a bit of a let down compared to the aroma, but still very good. Smooth mouthfeel.
Ernest (7125) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught, Kona Brewpub, HI.
Head is fully lasting (nitro).
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, coffee), moderately hoppy (resin).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation.
Strong resinous hops and a pushy sourness in the finish kept me from finding too much delight in this one. Good, but not something I’d order again (sampled twice on two different days).
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on-tap at the brewery. The beer was a nearly opaque, dark brownish black color with a thick, creamy, off-white, lasting nitro-fueled head. The aroma was intoxicating; heavy wth malty chocolate and dark Kona coffee, moderate notes of cookie, caramel and an unusual, but neat, moderately strong hoppy note of resin and pine with and a little note of vanillla tucked somewhere in the back. The flavor was heavily sweet with a long, lightly sweet / heavily bitter finish. The body was full with a velvety texture, soft carbonation and a moderately alcoholic feel in the finish. A nice marriage of coffee and Stout, for sure!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Fest: Nitro. Black with a tan head. Big fresh roasted coffe with some chocolate on the aroma. Sweet roasted malt flavor. Coffe is much lighter in the flavor than the aroma. Notes of chocolate. Light bitterness in the finish. Smooth and silky body.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled @ GABF- Pours a pitch black, no head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, smooth nose. Flavor is dominately bitter, dark chocolate, whiskey coats the mouth well.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Straight black, the head quickly recedes to a lasting sheet of light brown foam. Slightly lactic nose reminds of pastry cream and sweetish rooty vanilla as much as it does dark chocolate. The coffee roastiness is there up front, but the global feel reminds me of a foreign stout more than an impy. The tendency keeps on in mouth where brown sugar flavors intersperse the beany, quite roasty malty profile with full coffee flavors and supporting hops. Quite drinkable for the style though the mouthfeel suffers a bit, thinner than it feels. Yep, a nice one to pair with homemade cookies I imagine. Not quite what I expected, but who the hell has expectations for an imperial from Hawaii?
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thank you, Logan, for prompting me to sample this at GABF05, even though it was "tapped out." I did the secret handshake you taught me and I was rewarded with a big sample. The beer was very roasty, rich, and very creamy. Curiously enough, as I tasted it, I kept thinking of a well made coffee ice cream. Mild aromas of vanilla and coconut surfaced in the finish and aftertaste, with a small nip of alcohol and tobacco coming up in the rear. Kept looking over my shoulder nervously for the ATF. Freshly brewed coffee exuded throughout ... and I love coffee.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
sampled at GABF
Jet balck pour small tan head. Big toffee and brown sugar smell very sweet some coffee as well. Well coated and lightly creamy palate. Butter toffee roasted malt and hitns of coffee flavor very sweet. An ok IS.