Reid (1717) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought in the usual 22 oz bromenbomber..same ole Lagunitas style label..though a bit perplexed at the use of "hammer and Sickle" signs on a Russian Imperial!
Quite a nice looking beer when poured into the Imperial pint glass..quite black in colour with a good sized creamy head that is tan in colour.
The aroma is of mostly dark roasted malts..some winey alcohol in the background.
Not too bad of a taste, pretty one dimensional, the burnt malt. Its creamy on the back of the tongue..has a nice bitterness at the end.
Pretty smooth on the palate..but not very "thick" for an Imperial.
Quite a nice drinkable stout..though its odd with this much alcohol..there is no real Imperial taste..I liked it though and would consider buying again.
Kinz (3103) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, very, very lightly colored for the style. Aroma was piney and roasty. Thinnish palate. Light hoppy flavor, bitterness from hops and roasted malts. Decent, but not really to style. More of an American Strong Ale.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
watery bitter aroma. Flavor is only slightly stouty with roasted flavors, but it's mostly watery. Surprisingly watery and flavorless from such a good brewery.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown hue with reddish highlights. A small tan head produces a good lace. Aroma hints of toasted chocolate malts, hazelnut, dark bread, molasses, cherry, and aromatic hops. Mocha taste initiallly before an interesting acidic and sour fruity note come by for a slap on the face. Bitter and very smoky upon the finish, some peat and wood also detected. How very different, but somehow I found this taste combination quite good. The mouthfeel was creamy but not sticky or heavy at all, another interesting development. All the characteristics of an Imperial but additions of something more and the reduction of others. Different and that's a good thing here. Thanks Joe for the bottle.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours to a charcoal black with a immoderate head that is frothy in texture and a beauteous light tan color, as it fades rather quickly the lace left behind forms a thin but complete covering upon the glass. The nose is saturated with the aroma of toasted grain, sweet malt, light hints of bitter sweet chocolate and the start also sweet and nicely malted, top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is stern in its acidity with the hops delightful in their spiciness. While a drinkable stout, certainly not the most “Imperial” of Imperial stouts, but worth a sample, maybe a “beginners” “Imperial Stout”!
JFGrind (1776) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
okay, its not the greatest Imperial Stout on the market, but I found Lagunitas enjoyable. Nice aroma, deep malt flavor with a slight bitterness. I'd like to try more Lagunitas beers.
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
* Had this at a beer club meeting with many other beers, hence I don't remember all my comments - only the ratings which I wrote down at the time.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really clear with reddish tones, lingering pockmarked head. big on roasty bitterness, turning sour and acidic - fruity. I've had some viennas and some porters withthis kind of sour malt character, but never stouts. This is not what I think of when I see "Imperial Stout" on the label. Somewhat enjoyable but very far afield from style. Seems to have English peatiness in the flavors. Aroma is relatively minor, but quality. Very thin bodied.
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2004 Clear black cherry with scarlet highlights. Compact ashen foam. Charred sugars and phenols on the nose. Traces of port, blackened popcorn, cocoa, plum, and woody black malts. Very firm. Thin body with smooth, velvety carbonation. Chocolaty and fruity initially with a touch of acidity and phenols. Short conclusion showing a bit of toastiness, caramel, dry chocolate and a long black malt thrust. Lingering hints of molasses, oxidation, plum, coconut, and charred sugars. Pretty good flavor and aroma, but the lackluster body has difficulty carrying the flavors. Lots more of everything and this would be great.
Ernest (5864) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, caramel),
lightly hoppy (grapefruit).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.