bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from HEB. mellow aroma for an imperial stout...just hints of roast, bread. black, with big tan head. medium/heavily bodied. the malt is at the fore here, and it’s great. finish is a mix of warming alcohol and an excellently mild roasty finish. if you are a hardcore imperial stout fan, this might not do it for you, but I quite like it. Just wish there was more in the aroma
Zeswaft (1505) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick and black. Very little head of a slightly off-white. Sweet roasted aroma with a little alcohol. Flavor is lacking the big imperial stoutness. It has the same thick texture but tastes more like a very roasty stout. I think I kind of detect some coconut. The bottle says 10.4% abv. and it is well hidden. This imperial stout is average to slightly above average. Then again, anything is better than the samuel smith imperial stout.
adrian910ss (2446) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown color, almost black but not quite, with no head, a slight white lacing. Aroma is very chocolaty with lots of malts present. Taste is very chocolaty and malty as well with slight hints of coffee and vanilla. I would call this a light imperial stout as it lacks the strength of a good imperial stout. But overall, not bad and quite enjoyable.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark brown and has a decent creamy head. Coffee and chocolate with a basic hop character and malt too. A bit of very slight burn after the finish, but it’s not bothersome at all. Not a bad beer at all.
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Took some coaxing to get a head on this, but it pours a deep brown with a bit of amber at the edges. Aroma is chocolate, but with hints of vanilla. Or maybe that’s the alcohol in the aroma (my bottle says 10.4%). Mouthfeel is thick, but flavor is pretty light. A bit of chocolate, a twang of alcohol, a little sweet, but it doesn’t quite make ya go "yum". From Grapevine in Austin.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
like the guy below me said, middle of the road in the IS department. Had a strange oily texture to the palate. Wasn;t feeling that part.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Middle of the road imperial stout, pours out dark black, seems slightly watered down, but not too bad. Nestle Quick chocolate powder in the aroma with a slight malt mixed in. Hops there too, but not very significant.
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
chocolate, coffee, malts, some hops, all in the nose. taste is sweet, hoppy, some what bitter, but a little thin all in all. a good beer that ive wanted to try for a long time. not the best imperial stout - not good enough to make me reach for this over old rasputin. perhaps a few improvements to this beer would rememdy that.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a tan head. Flavors is malty with hints of choclate an coffee. Aroma is very much the same.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with red edges. Low creamy tan head. Spices, coffee, caramel, vanilla and alcohol in the aroma. Full and clean flacvour of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, black currant and lemon. Bitter chocolate in the aftertaste with warming alcohol.