mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy hopscotch. Thanks for sharing Eric! Pours black as night, with a small brown head. Pretty big roasty aroma, alot of chocolate, and some definite dark fruit in there. Raisins come to mind. Very thick and rich mouthfeel. Big roast, big chocolate, and the dark fruits certainly are apparent in the flavor, making it fairly sweet for an imperial stout. This reminds me alot of Worlwide Stout without the monster alcohol. Aftertaste was only slightly bitter. Pretty damn good. Surprising.
jtw (1074) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle - didnít quite know how to approach this beer, knowing that it is a leinenkugel product. it poured black, ever-so-tinted ruby at the glass edges. appeared to be nearly flat, but a vigorous pour resulted in a head that rose up out of nowhere, formed by tons of tiny beige microbubbles. pleasant flavors of roasted coffee and grains, cocoa, caramel sugar, dark dried fruits, and even a bit of harsh green hops in the end. no real cohesion to the flavors, and as a result they can be picked out individually rather than having to decipher an entire palate at once.
too bad the rest of the product line (leinie OR miller!) doesnít follow this example!
Edmoe (236) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with little head. Aroma is alcohol, coffee, chocolate raisins, and toffee. Taste is coffee with a tangy copper present. Alcohol is apparent. Bitter after taste.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2008 Thanks Hopscotch!!! Poured nearly black, the brown does appear around the edges. Aroma is raisins, figs, dates, licorice. Flavor is a deep roasted coffee, with some creamy sweetness coming through. There is hope...
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Mmmm, chewy and raisiny sweet, this is a big bold, grainy beer. The plumminess is not totally integrated with the rest of the beer; it just kind of sits there, saying "notice me!" Wonderfully thick, great legs and a great nose. Thanks for the extra, Jason!
1FastSTi (3273) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black pour with dark ruby highlights around the edges. A dense thin sheet of deep brown colored head coats and dense sheet lacing clings to the glass. The aroma is nice. Dark charred malts, tons of dark pitted fruits, lots of dark and milk chocolate. But at times, the aroma is not vibrant enough for me. The flavor and palate, fortunately, donít fall short at all. A rich viscous velvety syrup of liquid chocolate, roasty charred malt, plums, rhubarb, and a nice hop balance makes this beer a wonderful one. Also reminded me a bit of Bells Expedition. Iíd say this is comparable in quality to imperial stouts made by Bells, FFF, Goose Island, Deschutes, and Brooklyn (to name a few).
iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle, I believe bottled late October í07. Big thanks to Jason Ughsmash for giving me this at FoBAB. Sits black with a one finger brown head that fades to a thick ring and filmPine sappy hops, tar, roasted malts, molasses, black cherries and other dark fruits (raisins), light alcohol heat--holy hell, this is good. Iím glad I let it warm up so I wouldnít miss out on anything. Flavor is a little sweeter than the aroma had led on with a little added brown sugar up front with the fruits. The tar, soy and piney hops strike back to keep things from getting too sweet. Dry roasty char finish that is also slightly salty and lingers with some bitterness (3 out of 10). Alcohol is masked very well, as I can only guess the strength by the mouthfeel. Full creamy body with soft smooth carbonation.This reminds me of Expedition quite a bit--I think Iíll even have one later tonight. Big Eddy was absolutely awesome. I didnít want to love this beer, but it couldnít be helped. Damn those Big Eddy beers rock!
GODGODGOD (12) - USA - NOV 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to myself. Iím the biggest anti-Leinie man alive. Trying their other beers is like going into my cleaning closet and blind tasting cleaners. But I must say, itís a quality beer. Small mocha/tan head. Lighter mouth feel than most imperial stouts. Dark fruit, oatmeal and chocolate complexity. Very surprised. Very good. Try this. Might even be worth the four pack.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, with a BIG THANKS to nflmvp for this. Pour is syrupy and pitch black, with a thick creamy dark tan head, great lacing. Aroma is VERY nice, and packed with fresh roasted coffee beans, molasses, vanilla, dark fruits, milk chocolate, and some light smoke and licorice. Flavor brings the nose together nicely, with the roast and smoke coming more to the front, and everything else complimentary but secondary; comforting warmth. Palate is spot on; chewy, creamy and coating, with a lingering roastiness. Right or wrong, Iím looking hard for a weakness here, and Iím just not finding it. Thanks again, Steve!
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pure black with probably the darkest colored head Iíve seen, brownish red almost. Head retention is amazing and has incredible lacing. Aroma has molasses, licorice, cherries, chocolate, and a little roastiness. Sweet malt and molasses greet my tongue first, yielding a cornucopia of sweet delicious flavors. Many of the things noted in the nose are also present in the taste, but just even more condensed and with some roastiness in the finish; itís so good! Mouthfeel is super thick, very full bodied with low carbonation; perfect for an imperial stout. Incredible beer, I really hope they continue to make this. Dark Lord, watch out!