ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Provided by Styles. Dark brown, reddish tint and a small creamy tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate, molases and roast. The flavor is vinous, chocolate, oats and some coffee. Soft, creamy and sessionable. Not a chance in hell this was 12%.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Hopdog, thanks for adding another Imperial Stout tasted! Poured a dark, thick black body with decent head. Aroma wasn’t the most appealing at first. Had an off smell - sour, with a roasted malt scent. Caramel and nutty taste with a taste that reminded me of pancakes - very syrupy. This was an odd one - changing as it warmed, but I had to go back for seconds. The taste and overall appeal elevated the more I tried it. This beer has so much potential that if it was tweaked a little it would become a very highly sought after Imperial Stout. I would like another bottle for future evaluation. 12% - no way did it even show up in the taste.
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized tan head. My 1st impression was that the aroma was off. I just couldn’t put my finger on it. This off aroma died down somewhat as the beer aired out. Aromas of sour cherries, roast, chocolate, caramel, and woody. Tastes of roast, chocolate, coffee, licorice and some tobacco. I thought this was thin for an imperial stout. Just noticed that this was 12%, I never would have guessed that!
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear deep ebony color with a creamy walnut head. Not opaque by any means. I’ve seen darker nit browns (though not many!). Roasted/caramel nose. Dark chocolate, charcoal, currants, ashes. Dry dry dry. If this is really 12% (which I doubt), it is by far the cleanest, driest Impy ever made. A really fine beer, I’d make it an "18" if it was an imperial porter, but I have to take off since it is supposed to be a stout. Body is way too light...but I do like it!
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 Rerate, 2008 release. 12oz bottle again. Very deep ruby with a one finger tan head, pretty good retention. Dominant aromas are orange hops and tobacco--but not necessarily the same tobacco I usually get from beer--with some roasted malt, light chocolate, and tangy raisins in the background. Flavor adds a good amount of piney hops, but the orange, tobacco, and raisin tang stays strong. Roasted malts and grain pick up midway through and follow to the dry slightly ashy finish. Doesn’t seem like 12% at all. Strange amalgam (word of the day!) of flavors, but this isn’t bad at all. Medium-full body with low carbonation. A very strange beer. Old rating follows. 12oz, no date. Pours a deep orange caramel with a ring of beige head--doesn’t necessarily look like an impy. Aroma is roasted malts, char, paper, some acidic tang, juicy raisins, bitter chocolate, and old tobacco. Flavor is some fresher tobacco, raisins, that odd acidic tang again, anise, moderate rosted malts and some cocoa towards the dry finish. I also picked up on a bit of buttery toffee. On a 1-10 scale bitterness was a 3-4. Cannot tell at all that this is 12% ABV. Not quite as full of a body as I’d have wanted, with creamy moderate carbonation. I was afraid I wasn’t going to like this from the aroma, but it picked up from there, thankfully. 6-3-8-4-14--3.5
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Aroma is earthy with a hint of roasted malt and cocoa. Has a dry slightly bitter flavor. This is a very humble, basic Imperial stout that really doesn’t have anything special that makes it stand out in the crowd. Good, but not great.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grainey malt,touch of coffee and alittle hop in aroma, more punch in taste then in aroma, no head to speak of,creamy milk malty taste, smooth Bavarian chocolate, vanilla, definite hop bitterness in finish,odd that there was no head ,but it seemed highly carbonated. Excellent imperial,not the monster I thought(hoped) it would be. Thanks Kingpin
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 12 oz. bottle from Steve’s Liquor in Madison. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is smokey malts and nutty. Also some sourish fruit. Taste is bitter malts, coffee and some more of the sour fruit. Pretty damn smooth for 12%
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
#982, Bottle at the Champaign-Urbana private tasting held at Radio Maria. Thanks to Phillip. Hazy black with long lasting thin lacking tan head. Nose is sweet and alcoholicy, taste sour but malty and roasted with cream. Good.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Steve’s at Madison. Clearly this is underrated on this site.There are few beers that can hide 12 ABV as well as this. I would have guessed half as much. On to the beer, notes of chocolate and french roast meet soy and licorice. There’s some toasty oak notes as well. Kudos to Tom Porter for this one.