NachlamSie (3210) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Solid inky black with a lasting tan head. Aroma is very rich and sweet like a port but with more coffee and bread. This stuff is pretty sweet for an imperial stout, but not too the point where itís problematic. Itís robust enough with plenty of warming coffee/dark chocolate notes. Beneath lies a bunch of fresh baked bread, raisins, and toasty brown sugar. The finish reminds me very much of a tawny port, but not overwhelming. Nicely balanced brew and thoroughly enjoyable. My bottle reads 10.4% and I canít detect the alcohol.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very deep brown-red (you can only tell itís not completely opaque when you hold it up to a light) with a mid-sized off-white head. Chocolate and toffee are the foremost aromas. These are accompanied by hints of coffee, licorice, and hops. The hops are very subtle for an American Imperial. The flavor is dry dark chocolate with a thick coffee and milk chocolate finish. Alcohol is perceptible throughout, but it accentuates the chocolate. Hardly any hops to speak of. The mouthfeel is thick, with carbonation thatís slightly prickling but not overpowering.
kramer (5758) - 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 Iíd 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, Iím not feeling the "Imperial-ness" of this beer. Both the flavor and body are not up to Imperial standards.
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 (851) - 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.
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 Iíve 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.
rajendra82 (1031) - 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 Brawleyís (in Charlotte, North Carolina), I couldnít 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.
Ratman197 (12818) - 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.
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.