iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours mahogany coloured with a big frothy head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. A little thin on the mouthfeel and the flavour is also a little thin but very refreshing.
Lubiere (10758) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A clear dark brown stout with a light moka head. A sweet vinous chocolate aroma with light notes of licorice. In mouth, a rather light imperial stout, with powdery chocolate, plums and burned toasts, and a sustained burned bitterness. Medium bodied. Bought at Sherbrooke Liquors, Edmonton, Jan. 2007.
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red with little carbonation. Some grassy hops in the nose. Pretty roasted but more like a strong porter than imp. stout. Could use more body also.
blklab2007 (2068) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber poured a red chestnut in color with minimal carbination and little head on the beer. smell is malty, chocolate, some underlying hops, prunes, and light alcohol. the beer itself on first looks is a little thin for an imperial. taste is medium on the mouth feel, slight bitterness on the finish, and is thin for an imperial. the beer itself has this hops and malt thing going on that is interesting but the beer overall is just mediocre for me.
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Kinda see through, and not in a good way.Drinks more like a Porter. Truly delicious beer - but this ain’t no big burly Imperial Stout. Oi, get yer clear out of stout!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mahogany color with a black center. Small, frothy tan head settles to a thin film with a prominent rim. Minimal, spider web lacing. The aroma shows chocolate, anise, caramel, nougat, stewed raisons, and vanilla. Smells very nice. The flavor is essentially the same, with big chocolate and caramel up front accompanied by highlights of anise, vanilla, and dark fruits. The body is just a bit on the light side for an Imperial Stout. Smooth, lightly chewy texture with a moderate chocolate finish. Very nice brew, though I’d say its just a little understated for an Imperial.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Source: Belmont Station, Portland
Dark ruby, explosive foaming tan head, roasted malt aroma, light roasted malt flavor, velvet smooth body, deceptive as an imperial stout, subtle from beginning to end
no gushing, thin fine brown head, rich malt flavor, touch of fruity character, light roasted, peak of flavor now,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours ruby brown with a tall creamy tan head. Very light for the style. Aroma is mild, some chocolate, and flat malts. So far I’m wondering how this is an imperial stout. Then I taste it...I’m now thoroughly confused. There is an abundance of hops, over a medium malty background, and the mouthfeel is only medium/full. In a blind tasting there is no way that I would recognize this as an Imperial Stout. But, wow, I really dig the flavor profile of this beer. The citrus hops somehow fit in very well with the chocolate malts. Kudos to Lagunitas for not being afraid to break style. The only other Imperial Stout I’ve ever had that is so noticeably hoppy is Sweetwater’s Happy Ending.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Lagunitas. Dark brown semi-clear with a slightly fizzy head. Malty some what roasty aroma. Watery palate. Good chocolate taste with hints of coffee and caramel in the finish with an alcoholic warmth.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma and flavor of roasted malt, bold coffee notes, and chocolate in the background. Medium mouthfeel with alcohol that is barely noticeable.