Skyview (5208) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up the last six pack that was buried deep inside Bob’s McFarland Liquors beer cooler, in McFarland, WI. (Lucky me!) Pours an opaque dark brown brew with some redish highlights and a thick, chewy tan head. Slowly dissolves when served property at 40-44 degrees. Awesome lacing. Aroma scents detected are several. Smoked chocolate, molasses, ripe bananas, a touch of mocoa, vanilla, and some pitted fruit. Taste is smooth, creamy, a little syrupy, with a hint of wild sour cherries. Finish is thick and a sweet flowery hop with a fruity aftertaste. Very nicely done, though I know this is not 12% alcohol. Maybe a 9.8% tops.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from KingpinIPA. Dark as night black color. Slight aroma of chocolate and Coffee. Flavor is nice: Some smoke, coffee and roasty malts. This was good, but certainly didn’t wow me. If this is really 12%, that is impressive because I could barely tell.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle served at cellar temperature. Poured a clear garnet-dark brown color. Head was thick and light tan. Smelled of milk chocolate, molasses, and plum with a hint of roasty malt. Delicately sweet on the tongue and a bit thinner than I had hoped. Flavor is a nice combination of roasty maly and dark chocolate. 12 percent? If that’s true the alcohol is very well hidden.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Licorice and some vanilla stand out in the aroma.Pours black with almost no head.Get some slight roasted coffee in the flavor.Very thin mouthfeel with a roasted malt finish.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Iowaherkeye. Licorice, horrible vanilla--a really terrible aroma. Black body with a thin head. Medium to thin palate for an impy. Roasted malt, vanilla, and light coffee make up the flavor. I highly doubt this is 12%.
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 (1681) - 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 (8933) - 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 (2691) - 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