FlacoAlto (3850) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle code of 04258 & 31710; Sampled October 2008
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass creates a slightly cascading, tightly beaded froth that starts out three fingers in height and has a darkly browned, tan colored head. The beer is quite black in color thought it shows some dark chocolate brown notes around the edges. The aroma has rich notes of concentrated, sweet, dark malts as well as an ample roast character that produces aromas of dark cocoa, soft burnt grain, and a rich toasted whole grain character. There is something here that is a bit like burnt nuts, or even burnt play-doh. The aroma is actually fairly restrained, I was expecting this to be a bit more aromatic than it is, though I do like that it seems pretty well integrated and balanced (but that might just be because everything is so muted).
The flavor has a rich, complex, dark malt sweetness to it that accentuates sweet dark chocolate notes up front and a nice dark cocoa note towards the finish were the sweetness is not quite so prominent. A touch of dusty, roasted grain character adds some burnt bitterness to the finish. Reminds me of a rich, dark chocolate something or other that has a strong, black coffee infusion. As the beer warms up the sweetness softens a bit and starts to couple with concentrated, roasted fruit flavors of prune and perhaps a touch of fig. This does have a really complex, rich malt character to it, unfortunately a lot of this gets masked by the sweetness.
This is actually quite sweet tasting, though it is not as thick as the sweetness might suggest; it could actually use more roast malt character to balance things out and some more body, without more sweetness, would help to balance this a bit more too. I like that this is a fairly well integrated and smooth in its roast character. Not a bad example of an Imperial Stout & it is certainly quite enjoyable, and if it was not for the simplistic sweetness, this would be really damn good.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, shared by NachlamSie. Pours black with amber extremities, reddish-tan small head. The aroma is blackstrap molasses, some prune and coffee, maybe a touch of chocolate. The flavor is rich molasses and coffee. There is a bit of soy sauce in the finish, with a smoked beef undertone. It leaves an ashy molasses aftertaste. Hints of iodine come through once in a while. Not too shabby.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at ABR. Pours a dark viscous black oily color with a substantial foamy espresso colored head. Flavor is medium roast coffee, caramelized sugars, milk chocolate, roasted malt. Lingering mild roasted sweetness and a touch of alcohol. Full bodied, thick on the palate. If only Leinies made more beers like this!
NachlamSie (2971) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Hopdog. Pours black and thick with noticeable viscosity and low carbonation. The head is pretty dark too. The aroma has massive, pronounced molasses notes with hints of brownies, rum, and really not much roast. This is gonna be one of those sweeter imperial stouts, I think. Then I take a sip and am pleasantly surprised by the amount of bittersweetness. It has a meaty, smoky edge which I really like. I mean, it’s not Ten Fidy or anything, but it is pretty darn tasty in that department. The alcohol burn is there, but is totally in check. Modest hints at fruits are made as well as suggestions of brown sugar and chocolate covered coffee beans. After a few sips I start to get something ever so slightly strange that I could gripe about if I was more nit picky, but the bottom line is that this is a pretty well executed imperial stout and is well enjoyed. I savored my glass heartily.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours very deep brown, capped with a thin tan head. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, liquorice, fig and some coffee. Flavor is sweet chocolate malt at first, which is gradually joined by some bittersweet character. Dark fruit and some vegetal notes are present as well. Long bittersweet chocolate finish. Silky smooth, but a bit thinner bodied than I expected.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a black color with a dark brown head. aroma is big on malts, chcoc, dark fruits. Flavor is complex with notes the same as aroma. Alcohol is well hidden. Now why cant Miller make all beers this good?
Nephilium (1498) - Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is of roast, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of tartness. Pours an opaque black with about half an inch of dark tan head that fades into a dusting and a ring. Bit on the sweet side, some healthy roast flavors underlying the sweetness, and still that touch of tartness. The finish is nice and long with flavors of bitter chocolate and coffee. A bit thin in the mouthfeel. Overall, not bad, I’m interested in how it will hold up in the cellar.
radiomgb (2505) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in colour with a rich and lingering brown coloured head, excellent lacing. The aroma is roasty with some smoke, dark fruits, chocolate with lots of malt. The flavour is quite sweet, lots of roast, chocolate malts, a bit chalky, some fruit and light alcohol. Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes quite sweet, creamy with some alcohol.
This is a rather sweet Imperial Stout but it lacks in the body department. Good for a macro for sure.
355ml bottle obtained in a trade with Beerlando, thanks Bryan.
Opened on March 12, 2008
Slipstream (2229) - USA - AUG 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another thank you to Adrian (at least I think that is who gave this to me). Black as coal with a light brown head. The aroma reminds me of one of my grandmother’s rich European layer cakes, full of chocolate and jam - only this has more alcohol. The label is pretty ordinary. Eleven malts and grains were used, and it shows. This stout is packed with flavor - espresso, hops, chocolate, brown sugar, stone fruits. It is velvety smooth as well as ultra-rich. As you marvel at the frappe-like thickness, the flavors bounce around the inside of your mouth. Big Eddy is a little on the sweet and heavy side, but it is a classy imperial stout. It would probably be nice with a cigar or a pipe.
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Ughsmash. Has a 4/25/2008 drink by date stamped on the neck. Black with no head. Nice aroma is pit fruits with blackened malts. Smooth, medium heavy body. Flavor is... WOW, wtf got into Leinenkugel ? this is really tasty. Rich, roasted malts with sweet pit fruits and earthy molasses, and chocolate... I say damn boy ! this is a great stout, the best straight IRS i’ve had in a long time, fuck me running !!