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.
haddon90 (1490) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought this 22oz bottle at Normís in Vienna, VA. Pours a solid black color with a thin tan head. Very sweet, subtle aroma. Chocolate and roasted malt and coffee dominate the aroma. Very smooth and sweet taste. Kind of refreshing actually Maybe a little light for an Imperial Stout. Sweet chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Decent. Not Lagunitas best though.
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good IRS, but not my fav. The color was there. but the flavor wasnít quite what I expected. It was a little lite in that dept. But youcould do a lot worse in an IRS
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost black with a small tan head. Aroma is malty with some butterscotch but dominated by chocolate and coffee. Starts smooth with some bitter undertones and flavors of burnt caramel and espresso. Really enjoyable.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark reddish/brown and a smallish tan head. Aromas were typical of an imperial, only a little lighter than your heavier ones. Chocolate and coffee seem to be the theme of the aroma. Flavor was slighly sweeter than the more roastier aroms, with toffee, caramel and chocolate, the roast and coffee are still there though. Decent, but its hard to follow Speedway.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from eyedrinkale. Served with belgian chocolate. Pours dark with a nice texture and brown head. Mainly chocolate nose with some coffee hints. Taste is chocolate malts with some coffee and some roastyness
GonZoBeeR (2939) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma:chocolat,torefaction and coffee...
Appearance:dark,small brown head...
Flavor:Chocolat,cofee,vanilla and rosted malt...
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22 oz bottle: $2.80 at Safeway in Petaluma, CA) A mildly disappointing Imperial Stout that is milder in flavor and lighter in body than other Imperial Stouts, so Iíd consider it a decent entry level Imperial Stout. The mildly sweet flavor is joined by light roast, moderate chocolate, and moderate bitterness, with a mild sourness that gains prominence toward the finish. The body is still "medium plus", but certainly lighter than just about every other Imperial Stout Iíve tried. Chocolate has itís greatest contribution in the nose, along with a mild roastiness and some gentle sweetness. Dark brown and opaque except at the edges. Small, tan head is quite bubbly and dies down rapidly, leaving only a thin layer that resembles "bubble wrap". Sporadic lacing is minimal enough to not really even deserve a mention, but I try to be thorough. After contemplating and analyzing this beer some, I might even suggest that they just stop the charade and drop the word "Imperial" from the name. Still a decent beer, enjoyable and flavorful, but really just a stout, or a robust porter.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fast-fading light tan head and a translucent ruby body. Dark chocolate aroma and flavor with not much depth. Moderate sweetness. This beer pales post-Dark Lord. Another starkly average Lagunitas beer.