Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery in a mercifully small glass at the brewery, 4/13/06: dark, dark red bordering on black. Simple review: this is strong. Syrupy essence. The 9.5% alcohol can’t hide in this. Big stout.
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
This dark colored liquid poured with a thin tan head that soon dissolved to nothing. As it sat there, scents of cocoa, coffee, vanilla and slight hops revealed themselves. On taking a sip I was overwhelmed by the bitterness. After that, a pleasant mixture of flavors became evident including roasted coffee beans, chocolate powder, walnuts and a peppery taste. Soon afterwards a malty texture joins in. Overall there is a nice velvety feel but I feel like the flavors could be a little tighter and richer. I hope that oak aging improves on the base version; this one is nice but it is not enough to make me want another bottle.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, tulip at Silver Creek. Dark brown body, creamy tan head. Odd wood-roasted hop aroma and start. Rich whiskey chocolate flavor... odd start maybe fungal or lactic? Was hoping for better, but its "odd" character that I keep referring to turns me off a bit.
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with a moderate frothy light brown head that diminished slowly with some lacing. Heavy toasted sweet malt with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Heavy sweet toasted malt and spice flavor with a long smooth finish. Good stout.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Way thin for an impy stout, with not much imperial qualities. Tastes almost identical to their milk stout, which I’m not a fan of. Lots of that lactic milk flavors/palate. Very acidic. There were some good coffee and dark chocolate flavors, which was decent but not enough to save my opinion.
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours nearly opaque black. Medium tan head mostly sticks for duration. A little sweet on the back of the tongue works well with the nice crisp bitter roastiness. I like it.
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - APR 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This pours a very light brown...and has a nice tan head. Aroma is chocolate and sweet caramel. The flavor is extremely sweet...and very caramelly....lots of sweet roasted malts as well. Not much chocolate or coffee. I guess it tastes good...but it is one of the sweeter Imp stouts I’ve had. Mouthfeel is extremly thick and sticky...oily...heavy...it is kind of a bitch to finish.
Gachupines (1248) - USA - APR 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a dark tan head. Roasted chocolate aroma. Taste is sweet with a strong alcohol taste up front. Roasted chocolate follows in the aftertaste. Not quite as full bodied as I like my imperial stouts, and possibly a little too sweet. Overall, a decent stout but I probably wouldn’t choose this again considering all the superior choices in the style.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA. Opaque, black color with thick tan head. Smells of milk chocolate, brown sugar, and alcohol. Rich mosaic of flavors including anise, caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate. Sweet and vinous.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown pour. Strong roasty chocolate aroma with some dark fruit esters - smelled pretty good. Flavors were similar, but not quite as inspiring. The killer for me was the palate - thin and a bit watery for style and how I like big impy stouts.