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.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Went in with high expectations and was not dissapointed. Close, but it was still a good beer. Dark dark black pour with almost no head, just a beige brim. Nose of coffee, chocolate, dark, malts, cherries, dark fruits, licorice, slight hoppage. Got a bit better as it warmed. Not as good as expected, but still a rock solid brew.
TURDFERGUSON (4028) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from sliffy. Very cloudy and grey here today and its starting to look and feel more like winter. I thought a big stout would tatse pretty nice today and Im pretty excited to have a new one to try. Poured into my favorite glass, the maudite snifter, and i should not have poured so aggressivey as the head shot right up a little larger than I wanted. Anyway, pours a dark brownish black with a thick, tiny-bubbled, cappuccino-like tan head that fades very slowly and leaves a nice ring of lace. Nose is earthy, grapefruit, roasted malts, cocoa, a little bit of coffee. Flavor is more malt-dominant, with a strong chocolate and roasted malt character. Also noted molasses. Finishes slightly bitter and charred. This was exactly what I needed. Alcohol was noted, but didnít detract from my enjoyment.
Cletus (6355) - 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 (12640) - 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. 126.96.36.199.14=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. 188.8.131.52.15=3.8
islay (1862) - 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 (1270) - 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.