muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Dark garnet/purple body, translucent, with a touch of lasting near-white head...elegant chocolate-port-coffee liqueur aroma, enticing and sweet...flavor follows aroma almost to the letter, moderately sweet and lightly acidic with some dark vinous qualities competing with chocolaty oiliness...body rather thin for an Impy, really this seems like a beefed-up, winey sweet stout...alcohol not noticeable really. Pleasant, a good Imperial for a hot summer day, but not terribly bold or distinctive.
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Okay, but just not a heaping helping more. Not unpleasant. Expect more from an imperial stout and felt that after having tried to bombers by myself that I have a fair handle on this. Hard to get at what it is that I find lacking as I do generally tend to enjoy some subdued qualities - or just not having a stout taste like charcoal or a bag of chocolate or licorice or any other overly dominate character. Very creamy. So I guess in the long run I like it, but wish that just a teensy bit of tweaking would be done to add just a bit more.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
What? I know iíve rated this....I was just checking to see what I wrote about it. Oh well. Deep brown with foamy, transient head. Aroma has slight cherry and BIG malted milk flavor garnished with milk chocolate--good thing I love Whoppers. Sweetish, charred body with some port-like aspects. Finishes moderately sweet with surprisingly little bitterness. As, i remembered, this is less an Imperial Stout than a big sweet stout. Itís a good drinker, but not the snifter and cigar affair that many other impys are. I would take their Cappucino Stout in a heartbeat over this.
pootzboy (1570) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light defying black in the glass, nice mocha cap, modest carbonation. Nice looking Impie so far. Nose is subdued, not as face smashing as most imps but the standard aromas are there figs, coffee, sweet treacle. Nice mix of malts you get lots of burnt toffee, molassass, cocoa, dried fruits and charred toast here...hops are trimmed back but thatís OK...long malty finish of sweet date cake and metal tinniness...very nice...this is a drinkable imperial...very drinkable...in fact dangerously drinkable!
jimhilt (2373) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a two-finger light brown head that fades slowly but doesnít leave much lace. Deep mahogeny color. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is chocolate but not strong. Starts sweet, malts are up front, finish is a roasted coffee. $5.45 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma
pineypower (2369) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured out a nice deep black with a small slowly forming whispy head. The aroma is mainly of roasted malts and some chocolate. The taste is not overlly complex for an imperial stout, had notes of chocolate, cherries and roasted malts, but lacked a true character, not a terrible beer, but I wouldnít chase out of my way to drink it again
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thin white head. Smells of cherries alcohol and chocolate. Strong chocolate taste but nothing much else there. Incredibly short lived and bland aftertaste. OK beer though.
heemer77 (5079) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark black body with a little amber showing through. The aroma had maple, caramel and mushrooms. The taste was chocolate with some mushrooms. Thick body.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2005 Bomber. The pour revealed a fairly thin and light colored imperial stout. It was almost the color of a porter. Aroma was slightly estery which is usually not found in a IS due to the alcohol and roasted malt dominating. There was also discernable roasted malt in the nose and no alcohol or hops. Flavor was...clean. That sounds cliche but itís true. There was some caramel and toffee and chocolate, minimal coffee and a bit of the aformentioned esters. No alcohol present in the flavor. It was just very easy drinking and no apparent flaws though itís complexity overall was not great, I canít say anything negative about this brew. Mouthfeel was thin for an IS but not horrible. All in all this beer exhibits IS characteristics but just above the border of a standard stout.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. I think this beer has such a low rating because of how it looks. Itís not nearly opaque, and pours out of the bottle a dark brown, rather than the motor oil black weíve come to expect from American Imperial Stouts. The aroma and flavor are great, though. Very English, with a strong roasted malt to it. The English yeast leaves a very clean, rather than lingering aftertaste. Itís not the hop monster most American ISs are, but itís still very good, and has all of the characteristics in terms of flavor -- it just looks and feels a bit thin.