zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours tar, tan head. Aroma is really fruity, rather odd for an imperial stout. Flavor is fruity (pineapple), smoky, meaty (ham). Drinks like a pig roast! This is a unique tasting imperial stout and I definitely approve!
Thanks again Andrew!
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to pepsican. Poured a black color with a thick tan head that left nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, light roasted malt and coffee, and some light dark fruit. Sweet, smooth malt entry with strong chocolate and some undertones of dark fruit that lead into a lightly roasted finish with a bit of coffee. A bit of alcohol on the finish. Pretty smooth, but it seems a bit thin. Pretty solid, but I wouldn’t put it up there in the upper echelon of imperial stouts. Still, glad I was able to try it, thanks Pepsi.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was told and told to get this brew and wow what a let down. Nice deep black pour with frothy brown head. Aromas of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor was alcohol and malt. Nothing impressive about this stout. This one might be better after sitting for a few years, but not now. No thanks.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I csn’t believe this is Leinenkugels. This is a very tasty, true to style. imerial stout. Big sweet aroma, nice think mouthfeel, sweet and chocolaty, roasty, and subtley smoky. Very nice and extremely drinkable. Way to go Leine’s thia is probably the best macro-micro attempt to date.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Alldaydrinker for this epic birthday present. Pours out like motor oil and leaves a brown, soapy head that is thin but strudy. The nose is hugely malty and fruity with notes of milk chocolate, vinous fruits, coffee, smoke, oats and roasted barley. The flavour is insanely sweet with a balancing rauch-like smokiness and piney, resin hop bitterness. The sweet flavours include molasses, cream, red fruits and chocolate. The bitter, roasty tones include roasted coffee, resin, smokey malts, spicy rye and an unpleasant medicinal bitterness in the finish. The finish is almost too citric also, taking away from the desert-like sweet flavours. The sweet soy sauce character is a bit intense for my taste also, as it makes the beer sour and salty. The body isn’t as full as I expected, and mabey a bit sharply carbonated. The finish is very dry and warming. Pretty good, but I feel it falls short of the hype it carries.
Goodgrief (1829) - 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 (3472) - 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 (2387) - 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 (438) - 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.