Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep, opaque charcoal body, medium light brown head. Big, complex aroma of charred, roasted malts, chocolate/cocoa, coffee, prune, and licorice, and even a salty/leathery undertone. The body is heavy on the bitter, charred malts and salt in the beginning, underneath which lurk sweet dark fruits, molasses, coffee, and licorice. Vinous, wispy finish with lingering sweetness. If anything, I prefer less sweetness and a stronger alcohol presence to indicate the beer’s strength. Philip makes a very good point about the slim viscosity compared to the best imperial stouts. Nevertheless, an excellent beer by Leinenkugel.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Gorgeous pour; viscous black body with a crema-looking dark tan head. Big chewy aroma of figs, rum wood and tootsie roll. From the velvety initial mouthfeel comes a figgy-sweet malt base with rum and chocolate layered on top. The finish is dried out by alcohol and roast malt. A delightful beer, well put together in terms of letting the sweet mouthfeel and outweigh any hopping or alcohols.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed post Thanksgiving. Crafted much more in the vein of an Imperial Porter than an Imperial Stout. The hops are rather muted until the finish, with semi-sweet chocolate and cane sugar syrup pronounced. The pour is a thing of beauty, with a luscious brown head and a dark chocolate appearance. Undertones of prune juice and toffee on the palate, with subtle notes of star anise and nutmeg. Rather sweet, but certainly enjoyable. The 9.5 ABV is hardly noticeable. A solid structure and decent complexity to this Imperial Porter. I am missing the hops and the viscosity/mouthfeel of an exceptional Imperial Stout. Thanks to Nathan for transporting this south.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked up a four-pak at Discount Liquors in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Pours a syrupy opaque dark brown brew with a decent tan head that has good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, dark chocolate, dark pitted fruit, raisins, molasses, soy sauce and some black licorice. Taste is thick and full bodied, very light carbonation with a complex flavor of dark chocolate, prunes, more dark fruit and some bitter coffee. Finish has a dry bitterness that is still thick in texture and a slight coffee aftertaste. These Big Eddy series are quite the experience.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 Yeah, its good. Its made by Leinenkugel. Easily the best thing they’ve done. A lot of sweet chocolate and caramel. Thick mouth but overall easier to drink than some big impys. Would love to get a bottle of my own since it was shared, and thanks for the share btw Scotty.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Bottle from Elm Grove Liquor in Milwaukee area pours black with a tan head and clingy lace. The aroma is chocolate malt and dark dried fruit. The flavor is of dried plums and raisins with a long chocolate finish. There are some coffee notes on the tail end. The palate is rich and thick. Overall, I’m impressed. I didn’t think these guys could do it.
Zeswaft (1439) - Charleston, South Carolina, 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 it’s not that complex. It’s rich and flavorful but not much better than any other imperial stout. Really thick black pour and dark brown head.
pantanap (3366) - 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 didn’t know if i would be impressed based on all the favorable ratings but this didn’t 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 (7133) - 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.