GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle. Pitch-black coloring. No head. Thin, hazy layer of bubbling on surface. Strong hints of coffee, chocolate, molasses. Limited body. "Ehh"
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours ruby-tinged dark brown, with a thin light tan head. Aroma is strange for a supposed imperial stout---mostly citrusy hops, with just a hint of caramel and a whiff of alcohol. Flavor is also odd for the style---clean, slightly sweet, with citrus and grassy hops and a bit of chocolate and roasted malt, plus noticeable alcohol. A bit thin. Barely even a stout, let alone an imperial stout. Leaving that aside and judging it on its merits, itís a pretty good strong ale; quite drinkable, if slightly rough around the edges. As an imperial stout, itís pretty bad. As a roasty strong ale, itís pretty decent, apart from the very noticeable alcohol in both the flavor and aroma. My rating is for it as a strong ale, since I donít really like penalizing for style nonconformity.
Crit (3483) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep reddish brown,tan head.Salty and nice carmel nose.Taste of brown sugar, roasty with a medium alcohol heat
after4ever (6513) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Pours a brownish color, almost the shade of bottle glass. Picks up some ebony overtones in the glass when it accumulates and starts to look stoutish. Sudsy, bubbly light tan head. Sweetish nose, otherwise vacant. Roasty, almost chocolatey palate, with a chalky, metallic finish. Almost fizzy. Certainly watery, especially for the style. This is a stout? An imperial stout? Wild deviations from style dictum are always ipso facto a-o.k. with me, but this borders on a lack of truth in advertising. Itís more like an unfinished, misguided attempt than it is an innovation.
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, served perhaps a little bit too cold. Poured very dark with a small dark head. Aroma of roasted malt, toffee and chocolate. Full in the mouth with a bit of chewiness. It covered all the tastebuds. Quick finish with an tang. Deceptively strong, it didnít seem like an Imperial stout.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2007 Pours near pitch black with a ruby hue and a fully receding tan head. Aroma of toffee, brown sugar, alcohol, and roasted fruits. A bit thinner than I had hoped for, it tasted of sweet burnt chocolate, light roast, and smoke with a peppery wine note as well. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, and a bit oily. Moderate, but lush carbonation. Enjoyable, but needs more malt to make this truly decadent.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown hue with a small and frothy light tan head. The aroma is not huge by imperial stout standards, but offers a bouquet of pleasant aromas. Raisins and brown sugar, chocolate and light roast coffee, dried cherries and a hint of saltiness all play well together. Throughout, the flavor is drier than expected, with a thin caramel and chocolate sweetness up front and a long and soft roasty finish. A decided lack of strong acidity allows the lighter flavors to have more impact. Of course, the body is fairly light as well, yet still managing a creamy texture along with soft carbonation. While not a world-beater for complexity or boldness, the straight-forward drinkability of this beer is worth the purchase price.
bhensonb (12048) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grassy chocolate aroma. Really deep reddish brown color with a finely bubbled tan head. Starts with chocolate, moving through some sweetness to tar. Ok, smoky toasted malt. Something of sweet creosote. Iíve never tasted creosote, but Iíve worked with it. The mouthfeel is thinnish. The expected dark fruit is hard to find. Very drinkable.
rajendra82 (973) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This ďUnlimited ReleaseĒ of Lagunitas Imperial Stout came home in a 22 oz. bomber. As I was pouring it in an oversized wine glass, I immediately noticed how clear and light the body was. When held up to the light, this was a far cry from the opaque and forbidding body that many other beers from this style exhibit. Instead, this was translucent reddish brown. The head was a little too small as well. While not an unattractive pour, I had to take a full point off the appearance score for being so light.
The smell of the beer was light as well, with grassy and spicy hops, and sweet toffee. Not much roasted coffee or chocolate on the nose. The taste was clean, sweet, and lightly roasty, with tinge of acidity. In other words, it was near dead on for a Baltic Porter, and way too light to be a Stout. Thin and sticky mouthfeel was Porter-ish too, and the slight but noticeable hop bitterness wiped the palette clean after each sip. This was a remarkably easy to drink beer, considering the 8.2% ABV. Not the Imperial Stout to go for, when you are in the mood for a heavy nightcap.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2006 22 oz bottle. Average head that leaves quickly. Almost black in color. Aroma of sweet cream plums, toffee, chocolate. Flavors of roasted malts, caramel, toffee. Semi-dry fizzy finish. Bitter cocoa, prunes, and some hops in the aftertaste. Body is a bit light. More like an overhopped porter than an Imperial Stout? Lots of carbonation. Not great, but an ok Imperial Stout. Nowhere near Samual Smithís league, but a nice try.