Ughsmash (6911) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Just a lovely pour.. highly-viscous midnight black with a tall, creamy, deep brown head that stuck around for ages.
The aroma picked up large doses of rich malty goodness.. baker’s chocolate, molasses, cocoa powder, and espresso.. all deeply-roasted and they really worked well together.. there was also some lighter green fruit present and some resiny pine.. hopefully those fruits fade with time, otherwise exquisite!
The flavor had huge doses of deeply-roasted darker fruits, chocolates, and charred coffee beans with just enough pine resin and citrus bitterness as accents.. finished bright with the bitterness, and the alcohol warmth washed over the entire mouth and throat about 3 seconds after the swallow.. mighty tasty, firm, and complex!
Extra heavy on the palate and oily with a dry back-end and assertive alcohol warmth.. this felt amazingly like Expedition on the palate, and the bad boy’s just an infant! I feel like a trip the the Northwoods is in order!
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #10, make or break...Bottle from Ughsmash, thanks! Served in my Stone IRS snifter and it is jet black with an initial big rocky creamy tan head and left outstanding lace upon the glass. The nose detects bakers chocolate, molasses, plum and currant esters, light coffee and crème brulee, some mild resiny and citric hops too.
The taste starts with a powerful one-two punch of over ripened fleshy fruit and charred sweet malts. Full forced smack down before the midsection appears with a brief moment of astringent hop bitterness. The finale leads you towards a mixture of espresso and aggressive liquorice. The overall flavor profile is a huge assault to the palate.
This is still a bit too green and unruly but I gotta like the potential for greatness. The mouth feel is slick and oily, firm alcohol presence upon the shockingly bone dry finish. Glad I got a few more on hold because I really need to age these. I would like to see the faces of good old Leinies drinkers when they get a hold of this beast, WOOF!
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is a creamy roasted coffee, chocolate with a slight presence of alcohol that is not off-putting, nor is it imposing.
Taste is creamy, dense chocolate and coffee. Almost tastes like I took a Dark Lord and shook it up a little bit to get some of that creamy sediment.
This shit is good.
There is still a slight ring of bubbles holding onto the edge of my glass and spotty spirals of head drifting toward the middle of the glass.
This is almost too thick, like under-attenuated thick, but that is the only complaint that I can really recognize.
There is a slight heat from the beer, but like in the aroma, it is not off-putting; it is more of an "I’m a big beer" statement than an "I’m an alcoholic beer" statement.
Finish is smooth and slightly bitter. It does not seem to last as long as I would like, but what there is of a finish, I enjoy.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick oil spills into an opaque position. A dark khaki brown head settles into a wrung for the rest of the night. The nose rings with black currant and caramelized concord grapes on a slightly burnt brulee base. Dark chocolate covered mocha beans and cocoa soaked prunes ring succinctly in the distance. A tough line of fudge provides sustenance from the olfactory to the didactic. Flavor speaks triumphantly with burnt cocoa twigs, sweet butterscotch pudding and caramel cubes melting under the crème brulee torch, baking all across the palate. Admirable mouthfeel tingles slightly with deduction to carbonation while a heavily roasted espresso bean strums the authoritative strings of the blackened bakers chocolate. The caramelized and black currant presence continuously present themselves through all stages of the soliloquy. A burnt, caramel cube flavor on graham crackers sonorously turns to ash as we finish up the night.
ubamartian (155) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown almost black, with a creamy frothy chocolate moose colored head. The aroma chocolates, coffee, dark fruits such as raisin and plum, hits as you open, and keeps coming as your drinking. Taste, complex, the roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and fruits blend and almost explode on your taste buds. The alcohol is quite present, but not overbearing. The hop finish and aftertaste mix with the chocolate and coffee for a lingering taste. The feeling on the mouth is a medium heavy that thickens as it warms up, adding more texture as you continue to drink. Overall this is a wonderful Imp. Like Kingpin says, not a Dark Lord, but damn fine.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 Dark color. Smell of roasted malt, coffee, hops, chocolate, dark fruit, bread, caramel and minor alcohol. Taste of roasted coffee, malt, pine, hops, chocolate, light caramel, alcohol, dark fruit and a little bit of smoke. Very sweet and a wonderful hop bitterness. Not like a Dark Lord, but a damn fine impy stout!
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally, Aroma - Roasted malt,coffee and somehow distinct hops are coming through,not much in the way of alcohol,not the big wave of richness and big that I expected,could be too cold,whoa taste however is different story,Big thick slurry of roasted malt, coffee ,unsweetened chocolate and a long but gentle tantalizing bitter finish. Alcohol is definitely present but not distracting,every time I go for a sip I get a mochaliquer and hop fragrance up my nose,yup its getting more dense as it warms. Once again stunning in its complexity and biggness,especially from a brewy that specializes in lowend appealing to the masses brews. No doubt 80% of the palates of the regular Leinies drinkers will be overmatched. Next a Strong Scotch or a Belgain Quad
nflmvp (13) - Fox Valley, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 Poured from a half full growler that exhibited ample carbonation when opened.
Aroma is heavy dark fruit and molasses. Very sweet in the nose.
The beer poured relatively still and dark...nearly black and opaque around the edges.
Flavor was again, heavy dark fruit and molasses but with a nice toasty malt backbone and a nice caramel character.
The palate was medium to full bodied. Not overly thick but, more moderate, yet coating.
Overall, I enjoyed this tremendously. I’ve looked forward to it for some time. It’s nice to be able to love a beer from the brewery I was weaned on, even though they went large scale so many years ago.
Is this going to be the macro beer that quiets the macro bashers? It’s about flavor, not quantity, right? I mean, great beer is great beer.....am I wrong?
Looking forward to the bottles of this as soon as I can get my hands on them.
Thanks to a generous and anonymous member of the "other site" for this generous pour.
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Possibly one of the most (if not the most) anticipated releases from a Wisconsin Brewery I remember. Served on tap at the Horse & Plow in Kohler. Poured into a snifter black as night that lies still at first then created a perfect deep brown head. Head diminishes leaving a great lace across the top. Aromas of Coffee, Chocolate and dark fruit with hints of Vanilla and a slight wisp of alcohol. Thick slightly sticky mouth feel but both are kept in check. Not over the top like a lot of RIS seem to be. The same can be said for the flavor. I was surprised how suppressed the alcohol presence is. Bitter coffee is prominent with a perfect amount of malt and hops. So easy to drink it’s scary!
Fantastic job Leinenkugel Brewing Company- Listen to the beer geeks, not your accountants. Keep rolling out the Big Eddy releases!!!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Near black color with a taller tan tight bubbled head. Aromas of roasted malt, light berries, figs, raisins and dark chocolate. Lips smacking sticky liquid. Coats the mouth as well as the glass. Sweet roasted malt flavors which show the malt backbone. Some lavender and herbal hops in the middle. Dark chocolate and a touch of berries in the finish. A full and satisfying imperial stout.