Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottles from iowaherkeye and ughsmash. Pours dark brown with a nearly perfect light brown finger length sustained head and lacing. Smells of caramel, coffee, chocolate, some dark fruit, touches of earthiness. Tastes of up front cocoa, molasses, caramel, figs, raisins, hints of pepper, some bitter notes. Alcohol is well hidden on this one. Mouthfeel is rich and full bodied with a leathery texture. Finish reveals layered malt and touches of molasses. Dangerously drinkable given the ABV. Very impressive.
argo0 (11913) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12oz bottle, thanks kmweaver) Medium brown head with brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, grassy/grapefruit, some roast, light alcohol. Taste is medium sweet, roast/chocolate, easrthy/grapefruit, some alcohol burn, green apple. Medium-full body.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Rerate, 12oz bottle, sample #5 in a blind imperial stout tasting. Pours an oily, dark brown color; minimal medium brown head. Oily, nougat, caramel, and chocolate; hints of green apple. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: green apple (this was one of the few beers I could pick out from the bunch easily), caramel, and nougat; lighter bodied than others; sticky fruit and dried fruits. Lengthy finish, showing sticky caramel and some breadiness. 22.214.171.124.14=3.6
12oz bottle, courtesy of KingPinIPA. Thanks, Mike! Pours an oily, dark brownish-black color; dark-tan head with solid, fine-bubbled lacing. Very oily, nutty and roasted / charred malts in the aroma; a pleasant, multifaceted hoppiness similar to Expedition but not nearly as dense or oily. Full mouthfeel: oily, rich nuttiness and viscous dried dark fruits and maple syrup; very dense and generous and tasty, with a solid milk chocolate and dried fruit core; not quite and dense as the biggest imperial stouts, but well-done with a slight green apple presence from its youth. Lengthy, dried dark fruits and green apple and chocolate finish. 126.96.36.199.15=3.8
islay (1378) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2007 Small serving during 11-30-07 tasting at the Lex-Larp Cellars as I joined joet and the Twin Cities crew. I wish I could have had more of this delicious brew, but there were only two 12 oz. bottles and about 10 people. Thanks to Skyview for picking this up. Sharp aroma of chocolate, coffee, and cream. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Taste is simultaneously tarry and sweet and sugary. Lemon and powdered sugar flavors. My brief description of the taste is not doing this beer justice; it is complex, even by imperial stout standards, unique in a style in which itís tough to be unique, and truly delicious. I nearly gave it a 10 for flavor. Heavy body and creamy in the palate. I gave another beer a higher rating due to a noticeably superior aroma, but Big Eddy Imperial Stout achieved the highest overall score and was my favorite beer of all thirteen I tried at the Cellars tasting.
tennisjoel (1196) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vanilla, oak, roastiness, and chocolate aroma. Very nice complexity. Easily the best Leinieís Iíve rated (although I never got a chance to try the IIPA). Even better when this beer warms. An explosion of flavors. Huge thanks to Bob (Skyview) for bringing this to the Cellars tasting!!
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2008 Pours absolutely pitch black with a thin mocha head which leaves a few streams of lacing. No light coming through this bad boy. Aroma is roasted malts, with a hint of chocolate, dark fruit, brown sugar, and a bit of vanilla.. Taste has a bit of chocolate and coffee, and bitterness and pretty apparent alcohol. Very good mouthfeel on this - thick and creamy.
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very fine brew. The nose is an interesting malty roasted hint of goodness. Deep, deep chocolate brown in the glass lightly dusted with a tannish head. The palate explodes with coffee and chocolate dueling with a slightly smokey barley and molasses sweetness--perhaps a tad overstated--coming through in the finish.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark black, with a medium brown head that diminishes to a skinny layer, great lacing all the way down. Aroma is chocolate, molasses and a touch of fruity sweetness. Taste is roasted malts, bitter coffee, some smoke and toasted marshmallow. Medium to heavy body and some alcohol warming as it goes down, the way a good imp stout should be. Good stuff.
demitriustown (1112) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: Holy Crap! Leinenkugel has an Impy Stout. Holy Crap! Itís actually good. Aroma is really malty, licorice, dark fruit, a wonderful, wonderful, smelling beer all around. Appearance is a pitch black with a thin tan head that linger around for the while. Taste is fricken great. A big malt overtone, chocolate, a bit of smoke, coffee, and the detection of a slight bit of hops. Overall, A damn good from Lienieís. Iím shocked...WOW!
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 [Bottle, huge thanks to the always generous Skyview] Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is sweet with fruit, malt, light smoke, molasses and alcohol. Taste is light coffee and roasted malt with raisin, molasses and brown sugar also definitely in there. The finish is roasted malt. Good thick mouthfeel. Despite there being quite a bit in the aroma, I just didnít really care for it--a little too sweet for me. This beer didnít completely work for me, although the taste was pretty nice, but it is clearly a very well crafted beer.
Previous Rating: 6/5/8/5/16=4.0 Re-rate: Still has good mouthfeel, but otherwise it falls flat. Some anise, alcohol, deeply roasted malt, slight oxidation. Just not a lot going on. Disappointing.