Goodgrief (1790) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 12, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to eaglefan538 for his neverending generosity in sharing. Ho hum, this wasn’t a very interesting experience. This is exactly what I’d expect from the likes of Redhook, Sam Adams or Leinie’s. Dark pour, decent head and lacing. Aroma and flavor were roasted malts, chocolate, a tad overly sweet with some vinous notes that were not all that apppealing. Meh.
Headbanger (3303) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle-Pours a pitch black body with a nice tight tan head. Aroma of bacon, soy, molasses, and chocolate. Taste begins with roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and sweetness. this lasts throughout the mouthful. It finishes with a little dryness. Another great Big Eddy product. Please don’t discontinue this line. Macros can brew great beer.
adrian910ss (2358) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick oily pitch black with a medium light brown head. Aroma of molasses, dark chocolate, soy and barley malt. Taste is sweet, thick and syrupy with hints of molasses, dark chocolate, malt, soy sauce and barley. Excellent !!
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 DAMN! This is my thought at every step of the way with this one! HUGE thanks to both hopscotch and jjpm74 for sending me this within days of each other!! Holy crap is this a good brew. Pours very very thick, like motor oil, with a giant head. This one is just getting started though. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the aroma, as well as some malt and oats. This beer is a mouthful! Very thick; rich, dark, and creamy. Chews almost like a milkshake. Very bold, but never boozy. Flavor is full of malt, barley, coffee, slight notes of hops and chocolate. Nice oat flavor all around. Very complex on the palate. This one is flat out awesome. Thanks again guys! I will never be able to get enough of these!
zeke626 (423) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stub & Herb’s. Served in a tulip glass. Dark brown (almost black), mostly opaque body with brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee bean, sweet malts, chocolate, and molasses. Smooth, medium to heavy body with flavors of cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of bourbon. Decent complexity, with more bourbon-like flavors coming out as the beer warms, along with some dark fruit and vanilla. Finish and aftertaste are predominantly baker’s/dark chocolate along with some coffee tones.
Marsiblursi (3005) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2011 (Bottle thanks to hopscotch, OSLO, and Guerde) Pours extremely black with a small brown head. The aroma is heavily roasted but smooth and oily with a balanced sweetness and some burned hints. Tones of dark chocolate ice cream, molasses, dark caramel, vinous/dark fruity, notes of mild coffee beans, dark bread, some tar, liquorice, a whisper of smoke, rum raisins, almonds, vanilla and some hints of floral and citric hops in the background. A tiny touch of canned pears, blueberries and currant. The flavour is medium to heavily roasted with tones of chocolate ice cream, molasses, caramel, vanilla, light smoke, hints of dark fruits, dark cherries, some coffee and currant. Hints of ginger, mint, blueberries and tar. The mouthfeel is thick, oily, sticky but yet very smooth. Sweet with a light bitterness to back it up. Molasses, dark chocolate, dark bread and brown sugar lingers. Full bodied. A fantastic IMP. Second rating: (Bottle, 3 years old) Pours black. The aroma is oxidized with notes of wet cardboard, black olives, sweat, cocoa, asphalt and coffee. Some old hops in the background. Syrup and molasses. Overripe bark berries. The flavour is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with almost no acidic notes. Molasses, dark syrup, cold tart coffee and soy/salt liquorice. The mouthfeel is bit tart, light oily and a bit flat. Medium bodied. This is better fresh. 7/4/7/3/14
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown in color with a nice cascading head from the bottom of the glass. Head quickly diminishes and leaves nice webbing on the inside of the glass.
Smell is dark cocoa and some very dark, ripe fruits. Taste is wonderful. All the roastiness I come to love in my imperial stouts. Not a noticable hop presence, which is a plus as well. Very good roasted coffee in the taste as well.
My only knock is that it is a tad thin on the mouthfeel. If this were to bulk up a bit it would be world class.
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Grub: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with loads of sweet notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet cloying notes with some light notes of black chocolate and coffee. Full body with oily texture and good retention and no apparent alcohol. I think I am going against the grain on this one but I just can’t like these super sweet imperial stout; I prefer them when they are more balance with coffee and black chocolate.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Drew for this one. Dark black pour stands up a small creamy brown head that quickly fades. The aroma is coffee and chocolate and licorice. The flavor is sweet, contains a slight lactic sourness, shows coffee and chocolate roastedness.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle via Mys Swap 3.0. Pours black with a nice compact tan head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted coffee. Taste is sweet burnt caramel and fruity coffee, plum, fig, with lots of fruity esters and a bit of soy and licorice in the aftertaste. Body is medium/full, carbonation is medium/moderate. A damned fine Imp stout!