Zeswaft (1336) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to cmubeerman for hooking up #999. A twist of imp stout? What a world we live in. Aroma of black licorice and apple alcohol. More complexity in the flavor. Chocolate, licorice, apples, and soy sauce. I guess itís not that complex. Itís rich and flavorful but not much better than any other imperial stout. Really thick black pour and dark brown head.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle.....pours pretty black with a huge fluffy tan head.....aroma of rich chocolate and dark fruit. not anything to crazy here....flavors of sweet,rich chocolate malt with a slightly bitter finish. mouthfeel is light and fluffy. very smooth overall. this impy def excels in the taste arena....i didnít know if i would be impressed based on all the favorable ratings but this didnít let me down in the slightest.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanx to Fantomas for this.typical charachters of a stout.Black with no light escaping with a small khaki head.The nose was smoky and coffee like.what to me made this different was the flavor of the dark fruits added to the coffee and smoke.Finish was bitter and chalky.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a fairly oily opaque with a thin, spotty-lacing dark tan froth of head. Aroma of earthy, roasty sweet dark chocolate and molten caramel with some grapey notes and figs. Starts thick and chewy with a lot of molasses and creamy dark chocolate toward a slightly vinous earthy finish with some lightly roasted coffee complexity. Very reminiscent of Bells Expedition Stout, just needs a little more refinement. Otherwise, a very good imperial stout, which I hope Leinies continues to produce.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (thanks brewblackhole). Pours a thick & syruppy jet black with a small light brown head. Hearty aroma of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, some molasses and coffee. This stuff is thick. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, some fruity sweetness and coffee dominate the flavor. Big flavors. this is a hearty brew.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy hopscotch. Black in color with small bits of white head floating around. Rousing gives a dark tan head that disappears quickly. Nice chocolately-cocoa aroma, a hint of alcohol present but not really that much. Very smooth taste - roast and chocolate in equal amounts and the alcohol is negligible on the palate. Damn good.
dchmela (2542) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy Hopscotch. Bottle. Pours out thick and black with barely any head. Looks like motor oil. Thick roasted barley, molasses, aroma. Really thick mouthfeel. Roasted malt, chocolate, cognac in the taste. Just a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. Coats the glass, very thick.This is an absolutely great beer, my favorite from the Otown throwdown.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
BottleÖ Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, light brown head. Everlasting swirl of head sits atop the brew from start to finish. Dark roasted aroma with notes of molasses, dark chocolate, coffee and hints of diacetyl and smoke. Medium to heavy sweetness with moderate bitterness and mild, acrid tanginess. Whispers of black cherries and blueberries. Full-bodied with a chewy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Bitter-sweet, chocolaty finish. Excellent brew, but a touch too sweet for me to go nuts over!
Juelze (1131) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a out a viscous black color with 1/2" frothy light brown head. Aroma of dark bitter chocolate, chalk, dark fruit, light alcohol, some brown sugar. Taste is dark chocolate, dark fruits, some mmolasses. Itís almost like a really rich dark chocolate wrapped around some dark dried fruit. Nice amounts of lacing as the beer is consumed. Moderate carbonation and full bodied with just the right amount of alcohol. This beer is a big one. Took me close to an hour to finish. The bitterness could be a bit more tame, but some aging well definitely address the issue. Great stuff!!!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a thick, viscous, dark chocolate body with a minimal brown head. Solid legs foreshadow the substantial mouthfeel that is about to be experienced. Looks like a really big imperial stout should. The aroma shows sweet, melted dark chocolate, marshmallows, coconuts, and tons of stewed raisons. The flavor is just huge with rich chocolate and mocha goodness. Stewed dark fruits lend depth, while massive hops cut through the substantial sweetness like a knife. The mouthfeel is full and viscous, without any annoying cloyingness. Awesome beer. Is this really the same brewery that makes Sunset Wheat? Wow!