kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, via FlacoAlto. Dark brown pour with a minimal light brown head that fades to a thin ring quickly. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Fairly light and not alot of depth for an Imperial Stout. Very chocolaty flavor with some anice and cola. Finish is a little more fruity than I’d like for the style with some moderate alcohol notes. Rather thin for the style with a pleasing low fine bubbled carbonation. This is certainly on the thinner and weaker side of the style in my opinion. Other than the high alcohol content that is noticable in the finish, I’m not feeling the "Imperial-ness" of this beer. Both the flavor and body are not up to Imperial standards.
rajendra82 (980) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When I saw this stocked on the shelves of Brawley’s (in Charlotte, North Carolina), I couldn’t resist picking a bomber up. The beer came out quite thin looking with burnt reddish brown color, and a body that was quite clear when held up to the light. The head was one finger thick and falling fast. I like my Imperial Stouts a bit more, well, stout.
The aroma brought the experience more in line with the style. Wine like smell, due to the abundance of dark fruits and raisins detectable by nose. When taking a deeper breath, alcohol became quite evident, but since it carried chocolate with it, it was all good.
The taste was very robust, with the roasted malts producing a multitude of flavors. Flavors of dark fruits, licorice, chocolate, coffee, and charcoal were all present in a glorious non-stop onrush. Mid palette, citric hops came shining through, and towards the end of each swallow the alcohol took out a spicy bite.
The mouthfeel was a lot better than I was anticipating, with a sticky body. Not as thick as I prefer, but nothing else to complain about here. The complex flavor profile prevents this from being a very quaffable beer, but as a nightcap, it is very enjoyable.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Probably the lightest Imperial stout I’ve encountered. Light roast quickly gives way to a "Scottish Style" maltiness that is quickly checked by a mellow and crisp hoppiness. Caramel and light vanilla bean linger on the palate. The 9.5% is almost unbeleivable, very well hidden if that info is correct.
Ratman197 (11252) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber poured a cloudy, dark brown with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of dark fruit,dark chocolate, some roastiness and a hint of coffee. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, roasty and fruity with a smooth, sweet finish.
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas are chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt.
Flavors are sweet malt, chocolate, and alcohol. body is medium to heavy. The chocolate is a bit too overpowering.
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is my first from this brewer and I was pleased. A little light for an imperial stout. Lots and lots of chocolate used to mask the alcohol which comes through in the end. For an imperial, not bad, but misses the mark for this style of beer. Nevertheless, split a bottle with some friends and sit back and enjoy. Not the best imperial out there, but not bad either.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 Bottle. Medium tan head, black body. Roasty, with alcohol in aroma, a lot of chocolate. Slight sweetness, with a roasty bitterness and strong alcohol aftertaste. I like what austinpowers said "Might have been better if they’d used their Right hand instead." Good beer, but pales to the best of this style.
Re-rate 2008: Has a little bit of vanilla in flavor, head is a little too white. Creamier than I recall...but the memory is the first thing to go. I don’t taste the alcohol so much now either. Would make a really good sweet stout, but it doesn’t really taste "imperial" to me.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Completely dead dark brown pour w/ no head or carbonation. Smells like dark fruit, chocolate & alcohol. Taste is so-so for an imp stout - ok notes of chocolate, coffee, nothing special really. I let it warm up but then that jet fuel flavor started to come out. A very mediocre example of the style, little balance, typical flavors without great quality.
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely delicious! Great aroma, excellent mouthfeel, and a great taste and finish. Probably one of my new favorites.
sfontain (845) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small sample at beer tasting at From The Vine in Lewis Center, Ohio. Dark but not motor oil dark; big, tan head. Aroma chocolate, vanilla, light but strong roastiness. Flavor chocolate, coffee, extremely milky, sweet, and followed by a flat finish. Medium-full, not too sticky.