WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle via trade with Ughmash, shared with cyn. Pours black with a thin light brown head. Nose is very nice, very sweet and malty. Taste is sweet, malty, and pretty damn tasting maybe a bit to bitter with a little bit of a burnt quality. Not quite as good as I expected but not bad by any means.
matt7215 (2109) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle from a trade with ughsmash. pour very dark black with no head. aromas are chocolate, dark fruit, some coffee, lots of hops. flavours are awesome blend of the aromas. thick slick mouthfeel adds to the flavour wave. very well put together and balanced. ughsmash if we trade again send more of this stuff.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 Multiple bottles from multiple sources. Black body with a medium sized, tan head that quickly fades. The nose is acidic roast, green apples, chocolate and molasses. The flavor is moderately sweet with chocolate, green apple, alcohol, molasses and burnt coffee. Medium/full body is thin with moderate carbonation. 5/3/5/2/10 = 2.5
Blind Tasting 5/3/5/2/10 = 2.5
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle. Striking barbeque aroma, very rich and tangy with molasses, pork skin char, brown sugar, spices, smoke, vinegar, the whole works. A total experience. Rich and blasting with roast and char. Itís a pretty nice aroma. Pours a heavenly deep black, with a really luxuriant silky soft head, that laces and bubble beautifully in maple wood. Flavor gets me down. This is too charred, too rich, too coarse. Thereís a crushing harshness to the profile of this beer. Thereís some higher alcohols that make it estery in a peculiar way, that somehow fights with the roast. Thereís tannic tendencies and a mess of chocolate. Not particularly smooth, it has rough patches too clean up. The most disconcerting aspect is the bubblegum and fake fruit sensation in the back of the palate. Hops are non-existent. Too sweet and too messy.
garmonbozia (422) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy from Styles, Nice smell of molasses. Taste was sweet with hints of dried fruit. Not over powering but noticible. Alcohol was well hidden. lacing was nice also. Good beer
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black coloured with a brown head. Molasses and roast aroma. Lots of roast in the flavour with some chocolate and alcohol. Dry alcoholic finish. Good palate. This has a ton of potential and itís surprising for a leinie brew but itís just not that good.
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Harryís bottle. Well, here is a highly rated rare treat that I knew nothing about! Pitch black, big bubbly chocolaty head, a perfect looking stout. Good aroma - alcohol, molasses, sticky sweet. Taste features a ton of molasses as well, maybe almost too much. Full thick body, hops somehow fight their way through and are noticeable as well. Alcohol really burns after a few sips in the linger. A good solid impy - but the individual marks are higher than my overall impression if that makes any sense - just didnít hit a home run for me.
HogTownHarry (5973) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle via SecretFestivus 2007. Awesome - Iíve been wanting to try this one. Thick oily black pour, decent light brown head. Lush deep roast aroma of sweet molasses, coffee and plenty of low-level hops. Lovely sticky molasses and coffee taste, long moderately boozy bitter finish. Thick, sticky mouthfeel, just what you want in an impy. Terrific stuff - thank you midwestern Santa!!!
Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Being a Wisconsin grad and drinking plenty of leineís in college I was excited to try this one.
Pours an ink black goo with very little head. The smell was of cherries, toast ,and bittersweet chocolate. Palate was ok and sustaining. A very solid effort by Leinenkugels.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
14.99 for 4 pk at Cassanovas. Had this side by side with DL, Darkness and Expedition. This was our second fav. Very thick, and dark, with lots of semi sweet coco and pruney-coffeeness. Not as overpowerling sweet as DL, some good bitterness on the back end as well. ABV is pretty hidden.