Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nose-rice, raw malts, cooked wheat, very “raw” nose, straw, hay, sweet grass-very grassy and raw. Body-opaque with a thick ring of bubbles, ultra thin film of bubbles. Taste-oats, light honey, oatmeal, surprisingly high amount of hops, very nice oaty/roasty flavor. Very well done, excellent flavors without being too hoppy and sweet-but is it really an Imperial Stout? Insert chin scratching smiley here.
jake65 (2689) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dark brown with a small tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is mostly roasted malt with coffee and chocolate. Flavor is solid and rich with roastiness, chocolate, and coffee. Simple, straightforward, and solid. Thanks Pepsican.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a thick beige head. Aroma of roasted and sweet malts, lactose, some vinous, and light smoke. Flavor of lactic sourness, light plastic, hint of chocolate, and roasted malt.
Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - APR 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
AP-Very Black thin tan head that says dissapates quickly
P-Was very thin
If this beer is 12% they did one heck of a job masking it
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of a trade from a while ago (I’m losing track of things in my old age). Thanks! Pours a dark chocolate brown color; khaki head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Generous amounts of charred and roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee in the aroma; some general hop bitterness in there as well. Medium-to-full, slightly chalky mouthfeel: following the nose, plenty of dark bitter chocolate and dark roasted / charred malts; average carbonation; some basic cereal / cardboard notes coming through as well; not an overly complex imperial stout, but drinkable and pretty satisfying overall; nothing rough here, and I’ve been hating the imps lately. What??? I’m absolutely shocked to see this is a 12% beer, and I have to believe that’s wrong?? No alcohol coming through. This gets an extra point just for that. Medium finish, showing toasted grains, cereal, and plenty of dark chocolate.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brownish/black color with a small tan head. Aromas of coffee,roasted malts and hints of vanilla. Flavor is of wonderful coffee that fades into a wonderful caramel and roasted malt backing. A touch of bitter hops rounds this one out as well. Great Stuff!
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Bu11zeye for this. Poured black with nice tan head. Flavor of dark roast with alcohol spice. Medium mouth feel, low carbonation.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
very light and watery flavor. Like the others, I detected a little lactos amid the grainy body.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Same color as Dr. Pepper. The brew begins by feinting chocolate, but then full on roast kernel uppercuts you in the jaw. A little bit of that opening chocolate sneaks back in toward the end, especially as the beer warms. Keeps juking back and forth between charred grain and popcorn and bittersweet chocolate. Hides the alcohol well, even if I don’t after drinking one.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Gillard. Dark brown pour with lighter edges, small tan head that goes away almost on impact. Nose is chalky, full of fusel heat, chocolate, dark fruits, malts and coffee beans. Also get some tobacco notes in the back end of the aroma and into the flavor. Otherwise chocolate, dark malts, some roast, coffee beans and a slight tartness are present. Very earthy, chalky and musty in every facet. Medium to full bodied, very chewy and substantial, best part of the beer. This bottle is aged, I wonder if it’s started to oxydize? Something here just didn’t click for me.