MrBeerFanatic (787) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very attractive dark molasses in color with a frothy foamy good laced head. Big attractive aromas of burnt/roasted malts, molasses, wood, spicy hops almost hidden behind malts, brownie, light smoke, and caramel. Big delicious flavors of roasted malts, light molasses, light wood, caramel, light smoke, slight hint of alcohol, and a slight fruity note. Medium sweetness, oily texture, a little on the cloying side with the sweetness (take slow paused sips), leaves a light to medium burnt aftertaste, complex. Yeah this is a great Imp Stout but there is a cloying of the sweetness and the bitterness for me. That just means Iíll have to take my time enjoying the complexities, as any Imp Stout should be enjoyed.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL 2012. Deeper black pour. Medium to weaker dark coffee foam. Spot of lacing. Nose at first is sharp lemon detergent, moving to green olive, soy, salt, odd funky green vegetables. Taste is rich, dense, dar chocolate, spicy. Denser palate with a long, bitter chocolate finish. Pretty solid in the taste and palate department. Nose and head retention could use some work.
Ret12 (447) - Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a big beer with delicious chocolate tones along with bitter sweetness. I didnít taste any hops and almost no alcohol burn to finish
papercartel (13) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Typical Imperial Stout color and head although head diminishes rather quickly. Sweet malty flavor that leaves sugar on the lips. Decent mouth feel, maybe a little thin. Good offering from this brewery.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a damn near pitch black color overall. The head is a three finger khaki shade featuring fantastic retention for both the style and gravity. Even better, the creamy texture leaves gorgeous rings of lacing down the side of the glass. One of the better looking imperial stouts Iíve encountered.
S: This stout in particular takes the route of being VERY licorice-forward. After it warms up a bit, it develops chocolate, molasses, and subtle cherry tones. Sweet in general; while not to my personal preference, the aroma is quite well done.
T: Again with the licorice. It tries to develop the aforementioned chocolate/dark fruit tones after a big opening salvo of licorice, but is still supplanted by licorice. The finish is a bit fruity and (pleasantly) boozy, with additional notes of toffee and marzipan. Roasted qualities are really subtle here. Generally, this one lacks depth, and the dominant quality isnít to my liking.
M: I like the softness here; but it isnít quite thick or dense enough for me. What surprises me here is how the softness gives way to a dry finish, almost as if it were designed more for drinkability than savorability. There are some *faint* wine-like qualities (itís vaguely tart, and I swear it seems a bit on the tannic side) in both the flavor and palate feel that I kind of dig.
O: Iíll give it some credit here, itís reasonably well brewed and an excellent effort from Leinenkugelís. I just donít really care for beers that make me reminisce about chewing on a big olí stick of Twizzlers (or even worse, black licorice jelly beans...shudder...) Luckily, this isnít some black-licorice-jelly-beans jabroni in the RIS world, just a lower midcarder in the vein of Koko B. Ware. Put him in a match with Ted DiBiase (Old Rasputin) or the Macho Man Randy Savage (Founders IS) and heís just going to eat a pinfall in 3 minutes - similar to this offering.
Handypaul (97) - - MAR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a thin brown head that disappears quickly. Aromas are banana, rose, dough, bubblegum... mmm so interesting! Lightly sweet while also medium bitter and hint of dark fruit. Has a full creamy body with a light soft carbonation and a lingering bitter-sweet finish.
ccex (868) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a thick black with moderate tan head and some good lacing. Aroma has lots of dark fruits and then some roasted malts, cocoa., and coffee.Taste is malty sweet with a little bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is quite well hidden. Body is medium to full with a sticky mouthfeel. A well-balanced imperial stout, but not quite one of the top ones. This is by far the best of many beers Iíve tried from this usually mediocre brewery over the years.
Reynolds314 (1879) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty nice IS here. Everything is subtle and reserved but still smooth. Chocolate, coffee, and roast take a back seat to the dark fruits. Tons of cherry, plum, and rasin in here which is interesting but not my favorite characteristic.
Ernesto987 (3025) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesome, perfectly balanced, sweet and malty, bitter finish, delicious. Second place in stout off
kaser (1761) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at coopers. Jet black pour with tan head. Great aroma of creamy chocolate coffee n nuts. Taste followed the same. Sweet taste as well good beer