Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
12oz bottle coutesy of Skyview.
Where to begin. Well the pour was like the oil was left in a car for 50,000 miles. Dark tan milk shake head that left some spotted lacing on top of pint glass.
Aroma was roasty, sweetness hit the nose at times. Chocolate and barley and grainy oats freshly havested..
Chocolate sweetness at first with a cherry licoice flavor that followed. Texure was thick and the tobbacco, molaces and fermented baraley grains hit from middle to end along with to with some chocolate still present.
Smoked roasted grain dryness left for aftertaste with a sweet coco also present.
Quality sipping brew thanks Bob.
Brigadier (2950) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle
Thanks to Ughsmash for sending me a four pack of this. I have two left to enjoy; hopefully I can get more before supplies run dry. It is hard to believe it has taken this long for a major brewer to throw money at the problem of making world class beers. It should give some of the craft brewers a challenge which is always a good thing.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep black body poured with an oily consistancy. A one finger muddy head rested on top for a while before succumbing at the very end. Spruce, anise and blackberries were the first things to stand out followed by cherry licorice and coffee. Vanilla played a part as well. It is not the most complex imperial stout but it certainly has plenty going on.
Flavor / Palate - The taste of thick chocolate truffles fills the mouth before becoming smoke, vanilla and wood. Plums, anise and some hoppiness unfold next. The final stage is vinous with expresso characteristics. For such a heavy beer it is suprisingly drinkable. The finish of dark fruits (cherry, blackberries) keeps things solid until the end. This is a solid imperial stout without any flaws that deserves its place as a 4.0+ beer.
prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a really good Impy. Pours thick, viscous black from the bottle, with a medium brown head. Lots of lacing on each of the two I had, with strong coffee, cocoa, and something almost fruity in the nose. Flavor is impressive, especially when you consider Leinie’s doesn’t make anything even remotely like this beer. Strong smoky coffee and cocoa, with some tiny hints of fruit and alcohol, but not too much. Like was said below, this is the closest I’ve tasted to a sessionable Imperial Stout.
3fourths (7982) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 12oz bottle thanks to CaptainCougar. Very nice and appropriate pour and head for imperial stout. Bit of that green apple smell that others have written about, along with a more pleasent soy and black char note in the nose. Flavorwise it’s fresh, perhaps young and green, with a bit of twang throughout. Body is medium, not what I’d call thick at all but not lacking too much. Finishes with a dark chocolate syrup note and more of the green apple acetylhyde note. Not bad, but I think it’s a bit of a stretch to say this is one of the top imperial stouts.
7/4/7/3/14 = 3.5
Sampled in a blind 25 imperial stout tasting, Feb 2008
Smoke, soy, some lactic milk notes, with a heavy astringency, a pasty texture, and some charred dark chocolate flavors. The green apple notes in the nose gave this one away.
7/4/6/4/14 = 3.5
ross (2080) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ryan. Thanks buddy. An imperial stout from Leinenkugel? Uhm....Certainly not something I expected to see. Pours out a pitch black color with a fat brown head on it. Smells like coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and something sweet, almost like a milk stout smell, but not displeasing. Taste is thick and rich and full of coffee. Reminds me of a slightly thiner Rasputin. Still, this is a really good beer. How did these guys churn this stuff out? Thick enough that you only want one, but it could easily become a session imperial stout - if there is such a thing. Thanks alot man.
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks cmubeerman. sampled over thanksgiving 07. immaculate appearance. aroma mushroom chalk. i actually really dislike the aroma. flavorful and balanced front. chalky cutoff. not harsh though. dense. alcohol very obvious. a subsequent tasting seemed a little chalkier and harsh to me. not nearly what it was originally get scores for.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick dark brown/blackish color with a thick, dark tan head. Aromas of roasted malts,dark fruits,alcohol and a hint of chocolate coming through. Wowo, upon first sip I got this tounge coating of wonderful complexity. Tastes of roasted malts,coffee and alcohol are the mainstay of the flavors,but blended inside are also dark fruits and nice hops. Smooth long lasting slow bitter finish. Nice and warming. Wionderful stuff!
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Bottle with a huge thanks to Skyview for opening this at the Cellars when joet was in town. Rich, sweet aroma balanced nicely by a good amount of hop bitterness and tarry malt. Dark chocolate, toffee and a hint of alcohol. Pours rich, oily dark brown leaving oily yellow legs on my glass. Flavor matches the aroma. Bittersweet chocolate with lots of tar-like malt with a pleasant alcoholic kick. Creamy and fairly silky on the palate. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle courtesy of hopscotch and in his words this beer rocks:
pours an oily black with crimson edges nothing more than a thin tan line for a head. aroma of dark chocolate, esspresso and some sweet malts inter mix. also a tropical like fruitness that lingers thru out the nose. flavour is a rich coffee, not esspresso, dark bitter chocolate, (yea no cocoa powder) finishes a smooth silky chocolate. very nice.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2008 Finally got my hands on this stuff. Poured jet black and fairly thick. Smelled nice, slight chocolate, roast, a bit of alcohol. Taste started with huge roast and a hop kick, dropped off quick and left the taste to linger on my palate. Faded off into some residual sweetness, caramel hints of chocolate. This is a very good beer. But was still a little alcoholic. Might need some time. I think this might be slightly overhyped.