DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draft: 2004 Strong Ale Festival, Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA. Day 1, Beer 6) The aroma is all coffee, and so is the flavor. It’s like drinking cold, sweet coffee: dark roasted but kind of sugary sweet, moderately bitter, but not hoppy. The coffee flavor is spicy in the finish. As Imperial Stouts go, the palate here is a bit too thin, but not exactly watery either. Deep, dark brown color. Tan head has average size on the pour, but fades to a ring. Some modest lace. Rather one-dimensional, which is expected I suppose, but lacking sufficient viscosity for an Imperial Stout.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Impy stout pours with a black body topped by a medium thick creamy head with lots of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a slight bitter roasty coffee note. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter with a nice raosted coffee note, a little vanilla and some cream. Full bodied, smooth and creamy.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Thick black color with a thick brownish head of microscopic bubbles climbing the glass...the nose..well, poutrouli, coffee, and chocolate..coffee and chocolate flavors, minimal but existant sweetness..slightly dry though..body is nice, not too full but definitely not too thin...its not a overly complex beer by any means, but its still quite enjoyable..especially from Kona.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on draft, strong ale fest, pizza port carlsbad december 2004
my first impression was that you’re having a cup of iced coffee. If you’r looking for a "coffee" stout. This one is it.
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark color and good aroma of malts and coffee. Has a nice flavor of malts, coffee and a hint of chocolate to it, this makes it go down real nice and smooth. I really enjoyed this beer. Good imperial coffee stout.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - MAR 29, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2003 (24Mar2003--draft at brewery)
9.0% ABV, 40 IBU.
My least favorite of the Kona brews I sampled at the brewery.
As nitrogen-primed brews go, the head looks reasonable: frothy, lacy, and beige.
Beer is almost totally opaque.
The roasty aromas are unpleasurably sharp, but redeemed by malted milk balls.
Beer is sharply astringent, with a weird, volatile pine-sol
component. The pine-sol flavor didn't seem to be hops, nor was it totally consistent
with fusel alcohols. The beer is warming, with a good mouthfeel,
and quite bitter.