JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 22 oz bottle. Very dark brown beer with light brown head. Aroma is quite sweet and chocolatey, caramel, a bit of roast, but not as much as I would have expected. Lightly earthy with a strong peppery aroma behind it all. Flavour is sweet with chicory/coffee character as well as sweet milk chocolate. Moderate bitterness on the back. Light leather comes out as it warms. Not really an imperial stout, more of an alcoholic porter. Comes across a bit schitzophrenic.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Coffee colored, not totally black, with a beige colored head. Nose of roasty malts, almond, banana, anise. Flavor is pretty one dimensional, nutty, dry, some burnt maltiness. Very little coffee and chocolate. I would never call this an imperial stout, just a stout. Alcohol is apparent. I feel let down.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pitch black average sized almond head. Yu can smell the alcohol and hops in the aroma bigtime even at only 8.2%. The flavor is much of the same too much bitterness in this and not enough flavor. Very bittersweet chocolate taste with the hops just controlling the beer the whole time. Thin mouthfeel and not much going on here, wasn’t impressed. Just because it’s an imperial stout doesn’t mean it should be rated higher.
adrian910ss (2434) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a black cola color with a thick beige head. Aroma is of light roasted malt and oats. Taste is malty rich with chocolate overtones and hints of oats. Wouldnt really call this one an imperial stout. Weak flavor overall for an imperial stout.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blind Tasting. Dark brown/black with small creamy head. Really light toasted malt aroma. Very smooth stout, good sweetness with some chocolate taste. Not overwhelming, just solid.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shit, I just rated this and the freaking page did not load correctly. Anyway, tastes of a moderate oak/smoke, coffee, and hops. Has a decent bitterness to the brew, but the beer itself is nothing overwhelming. Seems more like a regular stout considering how thin the malt profile is compared to a lot of Impy Stouts. Not a bad beer, but not a truly great one either.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear and very dark brown with a small light tan head. The aroma is not complex. Roasty with some sweetness. The flavor was sweet with a lightly roasted malt. Mild bitterness on the finish. Light to medium body.
hayduke (3919) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Nearly black (garnet on the edges) with a nice tan head. Strong nose of chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel moderate for a stout. Flavor has a little sweetness, with more hops showing through than you see with many stouts. A little light for an Imperial Stout, but overall a quite decent offering by Lagunitas.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a blackish brown with garnet highlights and a fading tan head. The aroma has the requisite coffee and chocolate, but doesn’t give the big impression of an imperial. The body is a bit light for an impy as well. If you don’t like the almost syrupy qualities of some imperial stouts this could be a plus. The taste has some sweetness, but is not particularly complex; with coffee chocolate, smoke and a bit of hoppy bitterness on the exit. This is a very nice beer, and the price was right but it’s just barely sneaking into imperial territory. I like the label which identifies it as a special "UNLIMITED RELEASE" :)
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber. Black with a light brown head. and medium carbonation. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, some alcohol. Taste is coffee, chocolate, bitter and hoppy with some roast. Not too complex and body is a tad thin on this.