gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - NOV 23, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured dark with a tan head that quickly went away. Slight roasty smokey aroma. Found the body light and thin, not what I expect from an Imperial Stout. Taste is also thin, soapy , hard to explain not much character - no roasty, coffee or chocolate flavors, found the taste bland. This is a very disappointing beer, not like anything I’ve had from this brewery.
stevoj (2166) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, dark and rich. Tick creamy beige head with some clumpy lacing. Aroma is chocolate and roast grains. Taste leans more toward the chocolate side of the spectrum, with some coffee/roast grain bitterness at the tail end. No sign of the alcohol....
Willsaar (5) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not the best RIS I’ve had, but not bad either. Initial pour is opaque black, tannish craggy head that dissipates and leaves some good lacing. Initial aroma is coffee and "over roasted" malts. First taste is of char, almost sweet smoky taste, but after the mouthfeel is a bit too sticky. Mid-Aftertaste is boozy, the 9.9 abv comes through a little too strong for me, not very warming, just boozy. As I said, not the best RIS out there, but by far not the worst either.
Darkmagus82 (1325) - - SEP 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 6-27-13-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a two finger tannish colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is big of caramel and dark chocolate mixed with a rather nice dark roasted aroma. The darker aromas are a mix of roasted malt and coffee with them all being joined by a bit of a warming boozy smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter flavor of caramel and chocolate with a nice hit of roasted malt flavor and a moderate presence of coffee mixed with some flavors of char. As the flavor advances it gains sweetness with some darker fruit flavors entering the taste and a light cream like flavor giving a more mocha latte like flavor when mixed with the roasted flavors. A lighter oat flavor comes to the tongue along this time enhancing the creaminess. Toward the end a lighter boozy taste can be detected on the tongue leaving a rather roasted and lightly warming and sweeter taste to linger in the mouth.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather low. The creamier body and the lower carbonation enhance and compliment well the roasted flavors of the brew rather nicely and create a nice mouth coating feel.
Overall – The 9.9% abv is actually hidden very well which when mixed with the roasted malt, low bitterness, and the stronger fruit/caramel presence, make for a surprisingly drinkable and enjoyable sweeter imperial overall.
AndyW68 (1088) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown to black pour with deep tan head. Aroma is sweet malt with coffee and chocolate. Taste follows nose. Good stuff.
puboflyons (2151) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 650 ml. bottle. It pours just about black with brown hues glistening in the glass. Big tan head that lasts. Roasted dark malts, sweetness, musk, yeast, and a mild to moderate bitter nose. Medium to a bit better body with a smooth texture. The flavor has this sort of aged malt start but then erupts into a bigger bitterness than I anticipated. Alcohol well integrated.
liquidhedonism (68) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle from Whole Food Market in Hillsboro, OR. Initial nose is boozy and sweet. Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy, and the mild carbonation paired with the bitterness from the hops adds a pleasant buzz on my tongue. Has notes of coffee and licorice. Taste is very sweet, but the heavy bitterness from the hops and roasty grains adds a great balance. Finishes slightly sour, but otherwise this is a perfect beer for my taste!
julesjis (56) - Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma was a bit woodsy and boozey, but not overly boozey. This beer looked great with the rich, dark color. First sip was sweet and still carried that woodsy taste. As the beer warmed up and the flavors came alive...not quite a coffee or chocolate but more like a toasty caramel or butterscotch. Great beer!
drfabulous (4003) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Nice looking pour. Creamy and with notes of chocolate and roast. Well balanced. About six bucks.
SG111 (120) - - AUG 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with mild tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate with tons of coffee. Flavor is similar. Big coffee and dark chocolate with a Sort of difficult to describe quality. A certain sweetness to it. Maybe it’s just the chocolate sweetness. Coffee bitterness aftertaste. Decent slightly syrupy mouthfeel to it.
TheBear11D (242) - Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Imperial Stout pours black with a foamy brown head that lasts a fair while. The aroma is molasses and wood. The flavor is earthy, wood and molasses. Overall this is a pretty nice beer.