Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (with thanks to Slothgar T.): Medium brown pour with a quickly dissipating head. Mild coffee on the nose, hints of same withj malts and chocolate on the palate. A bit alcohol-y on the finish.
shigadeyo (3630) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark reddish brown color, light tan crown. Light carbonation. Toffee and caramel aroma. Very sweet, slightly creamy. Hits a bit strong at first, but has a nice chocolate finish with just a tinge of hop bitterness. A little watery, but very smooth over all. A good beer to sip slowly and enjoy for awhile. As it gets warmer, it becomes more like a strong ale as the alcohol creeps out more and more. 12 oz bottle, $2.65.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I agree with Jimbo.....much better than I thought. A littled underrated, in my opinion. Nice malty beverage with lots of coffee and chocolate features. Good stuff.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This one was a suprise. Better than I thought it was gonna be. Nice malty backbone w/ an alcohol bite. Good, drinkable imp stout.
SSSteve (4006) - - JUL 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2006 black with very fine, slow moving, lacing. medium sized tan head. moderately strong aroma of coffee, chocolate, alcohol, and hops. flavor is slightly stinging from the alcohol. lots of hops round out the finish which give it a berry-like flavor but the alcohol is too apparent.
OhioGuzzler (40) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
color was dark but more along the lines of deep red then an inky black that one expects with an imperial stout. tastes a bit of chocolate with a smokey sweetness. It was a bit thin and too carbonated for the style of beer.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
October ’05 bottle. Pale in comparison to most stouts, let alone imperial stouts, this brew pours dark dark red brown with a thin almost nonexistant light tan head. The nose is sweet with a good deal of milk chocolate, alcohol and light hints of dark fruit. The mouthfeel is creamy and full, yet this seems a bit watery for the style in terms of viscosity. This is a really sweet, nearly cloying beer. Big chocolate malt, big alcohol, liberal floral hops, and nice roast. It’s tasty and flavorful, but a bit too sweet with too much alcohol for the relative paucity of complexity and thickness. Roasty bitterness and alcohol linger with slight hints of chocolate. I liked this beer, though wasn’t blown away given the style
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer has a dark color with some red, and a small creamy looking tan head. Deep chocolatey aroma (mmm!!)- a lot of malt but also a lot of alcohol, very sweet. The flavor is almost too sweet, and less chocolatey. Some vanilla, some grapes, and some smoky flavors. Smooth palate, maybe a little thin though.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - JUL 18, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle @ Watercourse. Drank on 7/6/06. Dark brown, not black, but very dark brown. Little cloudy. Not really any red. Big 2" creamy tan head. Good lacing and a nice layer of foam sticks around. Aroma - not too strong. Little bit of chocolaty sweetness. Little bit of smokey / peaty aroma that I get in the flavor. Could be subdued because it is served too cold and in a frosty glass. Flavor - Little sharp bitterness up front, not too bitter though. Fairly smooth in the middle. Some smokey flavors in the finish, almost peaty, and a lingering sweetness on the tongue. Odd. I can’t tell where the balance is because of the almost tart / puckering thing. Palate - sold medium. Maybe a tad light for the style. Good amt. of carb. Almost a tangy, puckering type effect in the swallow. Overall - a good beer, but not great as far as imperial stouts go. Little on the light side in color and palate and a little too much smokey / peaty wee-heavy type character and not enough coffee / bitter character I want in an imperial stout. It’s good though, I like it. Almost definitely rated too cold.
pintocb (652) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This on really grew on me as it warmed up. It is black, but not opaque. Not much head to speak of. You get an initial sense of roasted malt with some delightful citrus tones before the first finish that is slightly bitter and hoppy. If you then pause and wait about ten seconds it tastes like you’ve just had a great cup of coffee. What an amazing finish.