Nuffield (3754) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I just had a bomber of this and I’m still not sure I have my mind made up about this one. My inclination is to say that it is an excellent beer but only an above average imperial stout. The aroma has a mix of things, including grape, coconut, roasted nuts, vanilla, hazelnut, other dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, and perhaps a bit more. The palate started out as a bit on the carbonated side, without sufficient depth of body (oily, thick) to compete with the sensation provided by the best Imperials. But still, not too much to complain about. On appearances the beer was middling, with a surprisingly light cream color for a head on a dark brown body that had a few things from the bottom of the bottle. The flavor had a similar range of experiences, especially as it warmed, but all told it was extremely drinkable, though the alcohol popped through rather noticeably--though its physical effects were more welcome than its flavor effects. Overall, as I said, a decent beer and one I would not refuse for driniking, but if you are making comparisons among Imperials I think there are a few ways to fault this one.
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich smelling. Smokey toffe/coffee chocolate spice aroma. Dark brown pour but still clearish. Tight brown head. Very clean and clear both the pour and feel which is thick but not as gritty as some other imperials. Lots of taste. Salty and Bitter overpower sweet, but its a close race. Almost hides the alchohol considering the whollop it packs. Almost would like to drink without ever swallowing I like it in my mouth so much.
maxbeer (118) - ITALY - SEP 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle, Great US Beer Tasting in Genoa)
Aroma is chocolate, coffee, with a hint of smoke. Full boded, balanced, bittersweet.
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle: pours black with a tan head. deep dark garnet red in the light. the aroma is of coffee, molasses, dark fruit and chocolate. very mellow sutle imperial stout. maybe this is because i have been sitting on this beer for about 2 years. sweet molasses, coffee and chocolate dominate the flavors. i like the fact that there is a slight alcohol bite on the end.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bomber bottle. Pours opaque blackened-brown in color with a creamy tan head and intricate lacing. Aroma has molasses, raisins, ripe dark fruits, and a medley of spices. Flavor is balanced with cocoa, dark fruit and piney/spicey hops dominate the flavor. Coffee and brown sugar also present. Faintly alcoholic. Visocus and smooth. Tastes like a blend of an impy stout and a American barley wine. A very good beer, a decent impy stout.
JoshuaB (475) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark dank murky brown with a good layer of tan head. Nose is roast, hops, choco goodness, and some vanilla. Taste is full bodied. Somewhat sweet intially with good chocolate and roast present along with some toffee, then finishes with some bitter hops. Cant wait to try the oak version.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours brown w/ foamy tan head. nose is chocolate and hopps. taste is nice and full. Some chocolate, nice bitter finish with some roast and chocolate in the end.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Sweet, which i guess is a character of the style. Sweet milk chocolate mixed with bitter dark chocolate. Rich mouthfeel, with some noticable alcohol in the finish. Some mocha, but this is very chocolatey, almost a little too much so. A touch too sweet.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
yet another brew from 123456green.i have been waiting to try this for some time now.mr green has given me my chance.pours a deep dark brown with a foamy off white head.aromas of cocoa,raosted malts,and chocolate all greet my nose.the first sip is so very smooth but full of flavor.i can taste smoke,sweet sticky malts,beef jerky,chocolate....damn.this is yet another delecious,complex imperial stout.
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 10/12/04. Slightly roasted chocolate aroma that is dominated by citrusy orange-like hops as well as some booze trickling in. Extremely hoppy aroma. Mostly hazy and opaque dark mahogany with a very small khaki-colored head. This could be darker and the head should be more aggressive. Sweet and chocolatey to start, turning a bit boozy and somewhat chalky in the middle. Finishes bitter with some more of the citrus PNW hops. This is still quite hoppy and probably could mellow for a few more years. A bit too sweet to start.