MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Ughsmash and Schroppfy, who each gave me a bottle. Pours deep brown with a small head. Aroma is tons of dark roasted malt with a lot of coffee, liquorice and dark fruit. Just a bit of (citrus) hops for balance. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, even as it warms. Heavy body and oily texture. Bitter finish.Hats off to Leinenkugel (and even Miller) for their efforts with this ’no apologies’ microbrew.
emacgee (4567) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black that allows some light in the pour. Viscous, Thin brown head. The aroma is rich, sweet, roasty, alcohol, fruity, light soy, molasses, brown sugar. The flavor is rich, intense, roasty, sweet, molasses, soy. Standard impy flavor profile but well done in that regard. Just nothing that makes me go "Wow, I haven’t tasted that before."
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was dark brown/black. The head was creamy, thin, and dark tan. The aroma was sweet, roasty, molasses, and light soy. The flavor was meaty, soy sauce, and alcohol. The palate was lightly carbonated and full-bodied. The finish was warm.
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 (1965) - 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 (3748) - 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.