notalush (5360) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to valpoaj for the bottle - viscous black beer, with some light getting in around the edges, giving it a ruby ring around the sides - pretty much no head, but there is a faint ring of foam - smells like vanilla, bourbon, blueberries, chocolate, some alcohol, smoke, wood - slick, oily mouthfeel, with low carbonation - actually quite dry up front, with some quite strong tannic character - a bit of chocolate sweetness develops, and some roasted malts and a smoky quality come into play - espresso bitterness purges the momentary sweetness, and the tannic/red wine character returns - sweetness and smokiness become more apparent as it warms, as does the alcohol - a bit of tobacco and hops in the finish - this is quite good - I’ve gained a new respect for this brewery.
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black with light brown foamy head. A bit of that soggy cereal/oatmeal in the nose. Lots of flavor up front-- Hops, a bit of grapefruit. Obvious coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit-- dates, plums, raisins. A bit of astringency, low carbonation. Syrupy, oily mouthfeel. Excellent beer.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
LEINENKUGEL? OK. Dark Dark black beer, beautiful brown head only around the edges. Obviously not that carbonated. Sweet chocolate malt smell, espresso, dried dark fruit. unpleasant tinny taste immediately but very nice and smooth. Tastes like dark sweetened coffee, not too bitter (a little in the finish) but very dark. Sourness in the roof of my mouth. Overall very nice and surprising from a Miller company. The alcohol is understated in the flavor. Not apparent at all. Smoky finish.
Drake (10518) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... a most excellent bonus from Pailhead. Pours absolutely black with a dark brown head and decent lacing. Aromas of coffee and chocolate. Taste is very intense! Similar notes as in the aroma with a nice bitterness to balance it out. Creamy mouthfeel. This is a damned good stout.
Sammy (9570) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am pleased that Prince Murray Swine recommended and sent this. A classic RIS and they nailed the style. Big bold bitter black and a full coffee. Full mouthfeel. Coffee in, chocolate coating but not over on the chocolate as per the new wave.
pinkzambia (1694) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dark brown with a ton of chocolate malt flavors with a sharp zing to it. Not bad. Thanks BuckeyeBoy!
BuckeyeBoy (3611) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle thanks to kmeves. Pours out a ink black topped with a tan head. Aroma of coffee and sweet molasses. This one is nice coffee, chocolate, light bitterness. thick just the way i like my IMP Stouts
jake65 (2885) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours black with a smaller brown head. Nose is roasty and chocolate filled. Wtf, is that banana bread I smell? Viscous and creamy mouthful tastes of roasty malt, chocolate, and bits of espresso. A little bittersweetness. Very nice. Thanks BuckeyeBoy.
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours like 2 day old truck stop coffee, thick and syrupy, with a rootbeer float head. lots of coffee, sweet, mildly hoppy. smooth, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. alcohol flavor is present, but not overpowering.
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle : Pours completely black, with a half finger of brown head, that lasts a few minutes then slowly starts fading, leaving decent lacing. Nose of lots of malt, molasses, some coffee, and a little tiny hint of chocolate. Very thick syrup like feel as it enters the mouth, also very chewy. Taste has a lot of molasses in it, with malt, and a milk chocolate finish and aftertaste. Very full bodied with a smooth mellow feel and taste. Very little bitterness present, as well as very little alcohol. Quite good.