scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2009 Powerfully dark, espresso head, four fingers tall, rising like baked bread falling very very slowly. Simple burnt grain aroma. Strong malt, lots of refreshing west coast hops, no hint of alcohol here. This is much more like what I think of an Imperial Stout to be: Take a stout, dry and malty, and intensify it. It’s about time.
sebletitje (7793) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of ibrew2or3
Pours black, tan head, light golden lacing.
Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and light bittering hops.
Taste, roasted malts, coffee is just well present, light bitter chocolate and hops in the finish
Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 from a 22 oz bottle. What a great beer! Tried it in a tasting with Full Sail Imperial Porter and Pike Entire and it was the clear winner. Coffee and chocolate on the nose with some fruit thrown in for good measure. Nice mouthfeel with espresso and bitter chocolate flavors and slight bitter finish. Excellent!
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by MaxxDaddy. Aroma has alcohol, licorice, bitter black malts. Creamy flavor, charcoal, lots of carbonic acid, bitter roast. Tough to drink.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster – 2009 Washington Cask Beer Festival- Seattle, WA
Aroma: Huge dark malt aroma with chocolate and coffee lingering.
Appearance: Black in color, clear (if you can see through black) with a thin head.
Flavor: Big Flavor. The Chocolate and coffee comes through this is not your small Impy this grows on you.
Palate: Dry coffee finish, with a good Mouthfeel.
Overall: Great brew this was a tasty brew. I wish I had a few bottles of this to store for the long run.
JK (4955) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Skyview for this one. Roasted malt. Considerable hops. Black. Thick and heavy on the palate. The hops work well. There are not many imperial stouts like this and it is very well done.
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a frothy light brown head. Nice blackened malt, sweet dark pit fruit aromas. Medium body with a frothy mouthfeel. Deep roasty black malt flavor with sweet prune pit fruits to balance. Simple, but very good.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[Bottle] shared at Skyview’s Lex/Larp Cellars Farewell. Pours black with a large tan head. Aroma is harsh roasted malts, tar, and fusel alcohols. Flavor is really harsh, with lots of asphalt, charcoal, and bitter chocolate. Astringent mouthfeel.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice nose of roasted and burnt malts, some sweet bourbon notes are extremely light but can be picked up when it warms. Bitter chocolate too perhaps. Pours almost black with a really nice meringue brown head that sits atop the beer for ever. Lots of roast and coffee notes in the initial flavors. Earth and burnt malts follow along with some underlying sweetness that is somewhat like vanilla from the touch of barrel aging. Lots of dry earthy roast and bitterness lingers in the finish. Nice enjoyable sipper.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at nearbeer’s Spring Cleansin’. Pours black with amber edges and a tan head. The aroma is African coffee, raisin, bitter chocolate, and some alcohol. Flavor is dry coffee, wood, lots of ash, a bit of black cherry, and a bit of a roasty sourness. A little over-rated, but still quite good.