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 Bell’s 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.
guzzler67 (1502) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, but not completely black appearance with a rocky, off white head. Aroma had a smoky, peat-like quality. Sweet, malty flavors emerged from the full bodied taste. There was a hint of butterscotch in the finish but it was quickly overwhelmed by the bitterness that sometimes comes from roasted malts. Hops stayed in the background.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with smallish tan head. Nose is somewhat sweet and of roasted malt. Not much noticable hops. Flavor is coffeeish, chocolatey with licorice and plumby. There is a thickness to the mouthfeel. Very smooth though. Nice lingering finish.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours thick black. Small amount of fine head the color of espresso crema. Aroma predominately of the heavily roasted malt. I get a bit of pine and plums in there too. "Aggressive use of hops", huh? I don’t taste ’em. The roasted malt is there in a big way. Some espresso and port there too. A pretty good imperial stout that could use some more balance. Maybe a year or two of aging would help.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Looks like a Brown Ale, sweet overtones with no other real flavorful depth. Disappointing.
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, but light passes all the way through upon inspection, reddish tint, rapidly fading head. Aroma resembles burnt wood. Flavor is focused on roasted notes, with a bit of vague pine hops at the end. Almost thin on the palate. One dimensional. Didn’t do much for me.
skaughty (644) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one is on the hoppier side for an Imperial. Otherwise everything else is on the mild side. The aroma and flavor are of toffee, but the roasted taste sits behind. Moderately complex. Easy toi drink, with a sweet finish.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours into a Big snifter with a dash of head and less carbonation then a stale Coke.Dark Brown like a real Root Beer not that cheap artificial crap.Not quite as dark as some other Ipm. Stouts but makes for nice viewing nontheless.The first thing that hits me is this isn’t anywhere near the huge aroma smack of roasted malts with the expresso/choco/molasses stout but rather a sweeter toned down version.Good tho’ with a sweet start and almost a little bitterness in"der to make the sweetness more subdued.Easier to,like, say,chug this vs an Expedition.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Looks like an impy. Nice rounded flavor with some chocolate, malt, light hops, and alcohol. There is some astringency in the background that takes away a little bit, but it is minor. The finish is alcohol, coffee, and sweet malts. The sweetness is a little more than I am used to in an impy, but it is not distracting. Quite enjoyable.
Kevin (2078) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a black that has a ruby hue around the edges. tan head and chocoalte ansd acidic aroma.very smooth taste, the chocolate and some kind of fruit comes through. nice toffee and citrus hop taste balances this out. the nose had scared me, but the taste reassured me, the mouthfeel was a bit wak and watery however. still a nice imp.