TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost pitch black with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, notes of chocolate, figs, pepper, and flowery hops. Taste is a nice balance between the sweetness, roastiness, and spicy alcohol. There are enjoyable notes of pepper, molasses, cola, and licorice. Mouthfeel is oily, heavy, and viscous. The carbonation is lush, but rather mild. This bottle was 7 months old and would have benefitted from at least another 6 months. Still, unlike some of the hoppier imperial stouts, this one is probably good fresh.
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grapevin Mkt. $4.69 22oz. Cool label gets bonus appearance points. First tongue sensation is sour mash. Tingles with cabonated roasted grapefruit rind. After it warmed, the malty sweetness really shined. Not as thick or sticky-sweet as I expected, with a strong hop profile. A grown-up beer that satisfies.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2006 The medium to small sized, frothy and fizzy off-white head quickly recedes. At a distance, the color appears to be black, but a closer inspection proves it to be a dark brown with shallow ruby highlights. A fair amount of roasted coffee presence in the aroma; something a bit bright and acidic, perhaps Guatemalan Antiqua? Chocolate is there as well, in lesser quantities, and takes on an unsweetened cocoa powder tone. The real sweetness seems to transpire through subtle dark fruits; dates, plums and the like. Hops are restrained for an American IS, though a bit off-suit with orange and grapefruit notes. Some anise makes itself know as the beer warms along with a bourbon like alcohol aroma. Flavor begins heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter and finishes moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderate to heavily bitter. The mouthfeel is the most solid component of this beer, having a slick and oily (but overwhelmingly coating) texture while maintaining a thick body and moderate carbonation. Interestingly, I get hints of fried plantains in the after taste...
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Light caramel and roasted malt flavor.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep redish black body with a light white head of medium volume. Good caramel, plums, mollasses in the aroma. Coffee and chocolate dominate the flavor, some milk sweetness. Heavy roasted malts are evident. Clean yet bitter ending.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is a light roasted malt with some hints of alcohol. The color is a dark brown with a tan head. Flavor is of roasted malt with a warm alcohol finish.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
1.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
bottle. Dark brown poor with sediment on the bottom of my glass and floating in the beer itself. Small head with fine bubbles. Aroma of roasted malts and hops. Alcohol pierces through as well. Sour and bitter with tart and dry aftertaste. The bottle may be out of date but there is no way to tell because there is no born on date or expiration date. The bottle shop I got this from is good and I have never had a problem in the past. Never been a fan of LeftHand and this beer is tremendously disappointing.
NachlamSie (3230) - 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 (5770) - 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.