NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Numenor
The aroma is quite sharp and features raisin, burnt malt and gobs of strong black licorice. There are mild strong chemical notes that are best described as bitter, but they have a mild sweet note as well. Iím assuming this aroma comes from the Tomahawk hops used in the beer. The body is deep black and supports a tan head that is equal parts creamy and bubbly. The head started off two fingers thick, but settled into a thumb thick affair that left excellent lacing. The fore is full of the black licorice noted in the aroma. It is also quite burnt tasting from the malt and there are very mild chocolate notes, but no coffee. The flavor profile here is very different than most Imperials I have had of late. An intense bittersweet finish that screams with those unusually flavored Tomahawk hops continues the parallel of the flavor matching the aroma. This is a breath of fresh air just by being so different flavor wise from everything else. I personally like black licorice so that element also earns points for the beer. The Oatmeal used in the malt bill adds smoothness, but overall the beer could stand a little more thickness. Still this is a beer worth seeking.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask Ale -- Pure black body with a large brown head. Great caramel aroma, slight hop accents. Great thick body, almost cream like. Pine, coffee flavors dominate. Light carbonation due to the cask nature.
maniac (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask, Black color with a Creamy brown head. Aroma of roasted and chocolate malts with some hoppy notes. Flavor is of roasted malt and molassas.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Courtesy of Pailhead. Dark opaque black with tan head that fades to film quickly. Aroma and flavor are dominated by strong, bitter, black coffee. Here is my disclaimer: I canít stand coffee. Really wasnít anything else going on, or I really couldnít get past all the coffee.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Dickinsonbeerís NJ January gathering. Unicorns rule! black body, dark brown head. aroma is sour roasted malt and hops for measure. pretzel too! watery start, dry roasted malt flavor, and dry hoppy finish. dry aftertaste.
jsquire (2957) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of a bomber at Styles place. Very dark beer with a big foamy brown head that left nice lacing. Silky coffee and chocolate nose that foreshadowed the taste very well. Lots of coffee and chocolate flavors, with a hoppy pine and orange rind bitterness. Very hot on the tongue. Very enjoyable.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body with medium tan head. Hoppy, buttery, pine aroma. Flavor is roasted hop, butter aftertaste. Medium palate.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bomber thanks to Dickinsonbeer.
Black color with a small light brown head. Very hoppy aroma for an impy stout. Pine, chocolate and some roasted malts are the aromas that stand out to me. The flavor is also dominated by the hops, followed by some roasted malt and a touch of coffee. A very different stout that I have mixed feelings about. On one hand I like the fact that it stands apart from other impies, itís just that the hops overwhelm the roasted malt and I feel like Iím missing something.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Dickinsonbeer for sharing this at the January gathering. Poured black with a creamy brown head. Strong pine and grapefruit hop aroma, with not much roastiness. Taste has plenty of hops, somewhat overpowering, with some acidity. Not enough roastiness for my taste in a stout.
hopdog (7657) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from 22oz bottle courtesy of Whaleman. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Wow talk about a hoppy nose. Aromas of strong pine giving way to roasted malts, chocolate, and a light butteriness. The hops in the flavors were not as strong as the aroma. Tastes of roasted malts, hop leaves, coffee, and light caramel. Some lacing left on the glass. I have a bottle of this that I will let sit to see how the hop presence fade over time.