RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown pour and tan head that faded quickly. Very rich chocolate/coffee nose. The flavor begins with the obvious richly roasted maltiness...caramel, brown sugar, molasses, etc. But then the chocolate and coffee flavors sweetly insinuate themselves over the tongue. Palate seems a bit thin for an imperial. But in general, I enjoyed this one very much. Thanks to El_Borracho for the sample.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2006 Bottled, thanks Slothgar! Dark brown pour, mostly opaque with a tan head, nose of chocolate and caramel, heavy toasted chocolate and coffee malts, but a bit too alcoholic in the finish. Not bad.
Rerate 7/18/06 - Head dissipated into a foamy film, nose of grapes and chocolate, quite dry -- almost offputtingly -- and finishes strongly alcoholic, almost like someone dropped a a shot of vodka into my beer. Lots of chocolate and maltiness. Nice color and mouthfeel on this one, great nose, balanced, but the dryness and alcoholic finish are unpleasant.
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 (3633) - 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.