ragesaq (70) - Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A solid if simple stout. Very balanced flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and malt. Somewhat sweet and a dab of hop or two along with the super smooth balance makes for an easy stout even people who arent fans of stouts will enjoy.
Pours with pretty much no head, my second glass of it I poured badly on purpose to see how much head Iíd get, by the time I rasied the glass to my mouth there was none.
Awesome bottle design.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Creamy, tan head. Soft, fragrant aroma: some cocoa,nuts,almonds. Rich, chewy texture--a liquid candy bar! Complex flavors, very small alcohol feel for the style (% not given on label). Occassional bitterness, satisfying finish. A rich, generous stout, perfect for cold winter nights.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with nice big tan head...smelled coffee, a hint of cocoa and alcohol...taste is indeed a little thin, but nice mild roasted coffee and bakerís chocolate...alcohol noticable in the finish though...finish also leaves sort of an earwax taste in the mouth...not bad, but not fantastic either...
jigglyjock (161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
too heavy for me. too alcoholy. robust chocolate, coffee, and raisin flavor. wow it got me buzzed though.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A close friend brought this one back from an excursion and saw fit to share it with me. Very nice beer a bit thin for an Imperial stout i think and very hoppy as well. A nice beer all in all. Alcohol I was suprised to find is so high you wouldnít know it from drinking it. Overall a nice offering from left hand.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 23, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perfectly black with a big, oatmeal/cardboard colored head with varying sizes of bubbles. Smell is very light of fresh vegetable hops, malt, butterscotch, sugars. Taste is very flavorful, smooth chocolate then roasted espresso beans. As it sits on the tongue grapes, butterscotch, brown sugar and raisins ooze into your taste buds. Very good, smooth palate. Aftertaste is complete roastiness, reminds me of a fireplace or BBQing outside. Excellent beer for a cold, crisp fall night. And the 10% alcohol will keep you warm to boot!
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep brown with red hints against light. No head to speak of. Medium bodied. Lots of roast malts. Some coffee notes. Decent but not overwhelming.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 The bottle I had was WAY overcarbonated it foamed up to be half head half beer in the glass on a good slow pour. Coffe Ground (stale) flavors and aromas as well as mild choclate. Bitter and syrupy rather than thick.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark, with very little head. Smells bitter, winey. Taste impressions: Dark roasted malt. Alcohol. Little hoppiness - indirectly you notice the hops though - as the malt isnít super sweet, thereís some balance. If you swish around the beer over your tongue, winey characteristics present themselves. Almost starts feeling like a barleywine. The beer feels a tad bit more porter-ish than a dark stout such as the Great Divide Yeti. But that not-withstanding, itís the Left Hand Imperial Stout is a fine beer with some complex characteristics that shine through upon longer examination.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was the first sample of an Imperial Stout tasting that I had a few days ago. It was followed by Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Great Divide Yeti and Bellís Expedition. It was by far the worst of the four.
The nose was dry, with a prominent cocoa base and other notes of chocolate, coffee and black currants.
Front is light and airy with dark fruits (blackberries and plums). Mid palate is mainly coffee and chocolate. Finish is rich and lingering with notes of cinnamon, toffee and hop resins. Slighty astringent and moderate sourness. Cloying. Too hoppy for the style.