HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer alone would be a good excuse to go back to LaConner. Thick creamy head on top of jet black liquid. Creamy, great flavor. One of the best Imperials to be found anywhere. Can't add much more. See previous ratings.
Earlier Rating: 7/25/2002 Total Score: 3.6
I agree largely with Bill’s rating, this seems higher than the indicated 5.4% Nice aromas and good body make this a fine stout. I have this every time I visit the brewery.
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewery.
Attractive black pour. Cocoa, molasses, prominent hops that pull in the direction of black IPA. Feels and tastes a bit thin to be out of short pants and on the big boy’s playground.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
STOUT--IMPERIAL STOUT?--12 OZ. BOTTLE
1999--8.50% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Dark black color. Initial spicy chocolate notes evolve into spicy rich smooth body with subtle cream flavor. Sampled 9/6/1999.
2003--6.00% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Lacy espresso head. Opaque jet black flecked big dark sediment color. Roasted floral hop front. Creamy smooth rich burnt sweet cocoa toffee fruit estery mild coffee body. Rich coffee earthy hot hop end. Sampled 4/21/2004.
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I forgot about this one in cellar and now i know why it poured black with a tan head and had a little coffee finish but besides that it really did nothing for me with flavor or taste and was a little thin.CHEERS!
after4ever (7620) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at the brewpub. Black with a positively gigantic, dense, creamy head that you could float away on. Big buttery nose. Wow, you really can’t smell anything else but diacetyl. Rich, grainy, creamy body. Butter bomb all the way. Pretty much wrecked, and that’s too bad, because the appearance and what you can get of the recipe show lots of potential. Nice spicy hop finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The beer poured an almost opaque black with ruby highlights and a small creamy tan head. The aroma was tart with roasted coffee notes. The flavor was roasty but tart and very dry on the bitter finish.
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
black, wispy beige head, sweet licorice and roasted aroma with a hint of ripe fruit, a bit thin, sweet roasted malt flavor, slightly tart soured milk character, lots of roasted bitterness in the finish,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 11/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a deep black color is brown head. Aroma is malty, and diacetyl. Flavor is malty, roasty, and a buttery diacetyl finish.
akaufman (16) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark and handsome. Tastey however a flat, syrupy taste. It is thin bodied with a thick mouith like a stout should. smokey, chocolate sits very pleasantly. Smells like a porter... high octane
jackstraw111 (10) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewery. Was a dark, dark pour. Nice head - very creamy. Faint hints of chocolate and coffee, but not overwhelming. A very nice mouthfeel - full, but not heavy. A little on the sweet side - could use a bit more bitterness. Overall, a very likable brew.
jsquire (4167) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I found this in the bottom of a box among the packing materials when I went to re-use the box. Ooops. Solid dark beer with a thin whisp of brown foam that diminished to an attractive ring. Great nose of dark sweet chocolate and coffee. Roast grain, dark chocolate, coffee bean, vanilla, licorice, ash, with a long bitter finish trending toward burnt coffee. Very enjoyable stout.