mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Pitch black body with a still mocha-brown head. Aroma has some piney hops, plenty of caramel, toffee, and burnt maple sugars.
Viscous body - chewy hop resin flavours, chocolatey, burnt toffee, with a tar-like consistency. The alcohol component is very well masked and I wouldn’t have guessed this being up at the 12.5% mark. Perhaps as it warms you start to feel the heft a bit more but at no time is it ever distracting. All in all, this is a very solid imperial stout.
Thanks to Steve (beerhugger) for picking this up!
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 MBGF07. Dark brown/black body with a small tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate, light molasses and dark fruits. The flavor is moderately sweet, chocolate, coffee, molasses and prunes. Full body is soft and sticky with moderate carbonation. 8/4/7/3/13 = 3.5
rerate at Winter Solstice. Much richer this time around with a more balancing bitterness and a creamier mouthfeel. I don’t know if it’s just the change in setting, but this seemed like a different beer. 8/4/8/4/15 = 3.9
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Couple draught tulips at the brewery on 9/22/07
Two-fingers of tan head top the inky black body, slowly receding to cover and then ring, leaving blotchy lacing. Clarity is medium-low.
Very hoppy in the nose, with plentiful juicy fruits and moderate pine aromatics wrapping themselves up in lightly sweet chocolate fudge. You’d think it wouldn’t work too well, but as it’s a bit easier on the grapefruit side of things, I think the hop notes actually add an interesting array of aromatics that complement the sweet malts. Clean, fresh yeast, and low alcohol apparency for its size. The roast emerges with warming, but generally stays behind the fudgey-sweet maltiness. Certainly some light charred notes and coffee elements arise on the finish, somewhat drying out the beer and adding a pleasant balance. Very "full" aroma, though perhaps not overly intense in its strength, if that makes any sense.
Bitter hop notes dance with gobs of fat chocolate fudge notes, laid out over a deliciously chewy, rich body. Cookies, buttertoffee and vanilla notes all add moderate depth, as charred black malt notes and some minimal vinousness emerge at the end. It adds a lovely balance, though the strong hop flavors of juicy pine, tropical fruits and candied citrus seem to detract from the focus here. Not that the hops are unpleasant, but it’s just very different to witness such a large amount of flavoring hops in this style, without the usual onslaught of bitterness. The body loosens some, with warming, as more vanilla and caramel come out. Alcohol warmth is moderate, for its size, and the charred notes keep their place, more or less, without fatiguing the palate. Still, the complexity is a bit lacking, as there’s quite a lot of fruity/piney hop flavor and chocolate fudge interplay, without as much deep roast and vinousness as I’d like. Drinkable, though, that’s for sure.
marcus (7296) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. This dark brown ale poured with a thin beige head. There is an intense roasted malt flavor with elements of raisins and coffee. There is a chalky fruit and alcohol finishi.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glad I got this one in trade. Growler from the brewery. Very dark in color, looks extremely rich. Rich dark chocoalte and some coffee aroma as well as some smoke. Very rich and delicious. Not heavy body as it would appear.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jimmack Invitational 07. Thanks for sharing this Trevor. Opaque black with a brown head. Aroma is not great- something strange along with some roast and light chocolate. Taste is a bit better with roast, chocolate, caramel, smoke, ethanol, and a touch of tobacco. Medium bodied. Finishes roasty and lightly bitter. I expected more from this brewer.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jimmack ’07. Poured a dark brown, small head. Nose was coffee and caramel. Taste was coffee and a bit of smoke. A bit thin for an impy, no trace of alcohol. Thanks for sharing.
beastiefan2k (2771) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Jimmack Invitational’07, shared by yobdoog (thanks Trevor). Pours a dead black color with some tan bubble in place of any good head or lacing. Aroma is light vegetable with some chocolate and roast. Taste is a bit more strong on the chocolate and roast. A good amount of alcohol felt in the flavor which does not go well with the beer’s light body. Finish is roasty.
egajdzis (5515) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an oapque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, smoked, malts, burnt bread, and a bit of chocolate as well. Taste of dominant smoke, with roasted malts, chocolate, light dried fruits, with coffee, and alcohol in the finish. Thanks yobdoog!
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ the Brewery and from Growler. Dark brown - nearly black color with a small tan head. Aroma has a nice, roasty coffee-chocolate mix with some tapioca and very sweet fruit detectable, plus some alcohol. Flavor is very roasty with some heavy coffee, malts, cocolate, and dark bread. A bit of alcohol taste and finish, but overall pretty good. Nice Impy.