BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
When I think of how an imperial stout should look, I envision high viscosity, jet-black sludge that roars when you pour it into the bottle. This seems more shy, even showing a red blush color with exposed to a little back light. The head doesnít really stand prowd, just quickly balds and tries to combover with whatís left around the edges. Oh well, it still looks extremely potable. The nose contains red grapes, soy sauce, pomegranite and salty smelling nutmeg. The flavor is a bit better than I was expecting. Mellow but distinct sweetness balances with, full yet dry roasted character and a mild hop bitterness. A bit of solid maltiness and other chocolate/coffee notes. Finishes dry, makes me thirsty. Overall a good tasting imperial stout but needs more improvement in the other areas.
MartinT (7859) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lots of foam to cover a fat, shapeless sweetness. Fruitiness is perceived, but again is non-distinct. Rather boring approach for something "imperial".
Roasted malt somewhat clashes with brown sugar and fierce carbonation (stout soda?). Some caramel exists within the fruitiness, but there are much better examples of the style in the 7-8% category.
The trees are nearly leafless now.
Pailhead (4842) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Great chocolate and roasted coffee aroma. Pours a dark brown with hints of red along the outer edges of the glass when held to the light. Small off-white head. Chocolate and fruit up front with a moderate roasted coffee finish. A tad thin, and not the most complex Imperial, but still tastey. Chocolate presence increases as it warms.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark dark brown pour, borderline black but not quite. Nose of chocolate, malt, coffee, with hints of smoke and vanilla. Flavor is not quite as robust as I shoot for in my imperial stouts, but is steady enough for tonite.
Frank (2887) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much more brown than black, not even a nice garnet either. Almost no head. Just not what I like to see in a stout. Very malty w/ a touch of some floral hops. Chocalate, hay and dried cherry. More a big porter than a stout, really. I like it but I find myself craving more.
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, dark mahogany with ruby highlights, this is temporarily capped with a yellowish brown head. The aroma is dark caramel malt, roasted barley, coffee, and a touch of chocolate. All carry forward into the taste with the additions of licorice and a light earthy hop bitterness. The finish is bitter and oddly sour. Not bad, but nothing special.
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SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with ruby hues. Bubbly, light tan head. Roasted malt, chocoffee, subtle hops, a bit of licorice, and something familiar yet unnameable-aroma. Same flavor with the same mysterious ingredient racking my brain. Full bodied yet easy drinking. Very good.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, shiny black with a short cocoa powder colored head, good lacing. Aroma was chocolate, dark fruits and malts. It had to warm up a bit before we got a good thick palate - started off kind of vinous. Taste was chocolate, hops, raisins, coffee; finish was dry and roasty.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a superb onyx, with a subtle head of tan. Aroma is a mix of raisin and chocolate. Flavor follows along these same lines, with a finish of caramel, vanilla, plumb, and a touch of cedar. Mouthfeel is full and pleasant. This is one terrific brew. Another winner from a brewery that is getting more and more of my attention.
IndianaRed (2490) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a clear very dark but not quite opaques black. Very rich creamy tan head and very thick lacing.
Aromas are dark roasted malts and a sweet carmel or coffee hint. Flavor is quite light on the roastedness and rather pale in general. Vanilla and toffee. joh\sh is right on. Slightly smokey and Iíd say more like a soft porter than a stout. Especially an Imperial. Very easy on the bittering hops and no real bite in the aftertaste.
Nice smooth feel but pretty light on the pallette
Easy to put down and at 8.2 % Im gona be in trouble in about a half hour.