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.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thought this beer was good, but it was much more like a porter than an Imperial Stout to me: there was plenty of really tasty roastiness, but it wasn’t very intense, thick/viscous, alcohol-tasting, and lacked the hop/bourbon barrel/aged/etc bells and whistles that most imperial stouts seem to have. So while it may be unlike other beers in this hard-to-define "style" (and I use this word loosely in this case), it was good.
It pours black with very little head. Aroma is extremely roasty and fairly dry. Flavor is again very roasty (to the extent of being a bit chalky) and dry and good. Mouthfeel is pretty dry but flavor lingers in your mouth for quite awhile. Quite nice.
I would recommend this beer. I bought a single bottle of it at 3 Cellars in Franklin.
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Gillard. Pours dark dark brown with thin dark tan head. The aroma is varied and rich with dark roasty malts chocolate malts, plums, sweet black grapes, and musty sun drenched cherry purée. A hotness builds to distracting with a big draw. The taste is dark roasty malts, rich chocolate malts, mild burnt malts mixed with black grapes, dates and sugar coated raisins. There is also a mild alcohol sense that is pretty “in check” for a beer with this huge ABV. Ends in a mild manner fashion leaving a light dark roasty and chocolate maltiness into the finish and carries into the after taste.
alexsdad06 (6567) - Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Secret Santa ’07. Pours a dark brown with light red highlights and a small diminishing fizzy beige head. The aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, lactose, and acidic. The flavor has the roasted malts, dark chocolate, and lactose from above and adds a slight burnt quality along with black coffee. Fairly smooth. The 12 % is well hidden.
JK (4841) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From Skyview. I didn’t like this one. Dark brown color and very thin for an imperial stout. I agree with Badgerben that there is lactose, but it doesn’t taste very good, with an off flavor of grain steeped in water. No malt sweetness. It seems like something went wrong.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a good strong and not as thick IPS like most and very good with the ABV well hidden, with hints of chocolate and coffee and not as sweet as most IPS.It was in a 12 oz bottle and was in my cellar and was part of my spring cleaning.CHEERS!
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with purple glints, not much head. Huge roasty nose. Equally big roasty taste, but surprisingly lacking in chewiness. The flavor sits high in your mouth, if that makes any sense. Some late alcohol presence. Quite good, if not quite first tier. Recommended as a slightly different imperial stout.
Guerde (1207) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(bottle thanks Skyview) Pours out black with a medium off-white head. The smell of this beer is incredibly unique, but not in a good way. When cold, this beer smelled exactly like canned salmon (kind of fitting since there’s a fish on the label). As the beer warms however, this smell lessens, and is replaced with some dark roasted coffee. The taste is pretty sweet initially with prune, raisin, and light chocolate. The finish is strong of dark roasted coffee and the beer is really thin. A decent tasting beer, but I really couldn’t get past that smell.
badgerben (4562) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Skyview. Black color with a medium head. Nice aroma of lactose, coffee and chocolate. Strong, sweet malt taste. Lots more of the aroma as flavor. The alcohol is ridiculously well hidden. It tasted like a regular milk stout, not a 12% beast.