hopscotch (9487) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… 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 (1139) - 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. It’s 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!
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 (1111) - 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 - didn’t 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!) doesn’t follow this example!
Edmoe (241) - 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) - Łódż, 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 (3341) - 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, don’t 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. I’d say this is comparable in quality to imperial stouts made by Bells, FFF, Goose Island, Deschutes, and Brooklyn (to name a few).
iowaherkeye (2696) - 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 ’07. 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. I’m glad I let it warm up so I wouldn’t 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 I’ll even have one later tonight. Big Eddy was absolutely awesome. I didn’t want to love this beer, but it couldn’t be helped. Damn those Big Eddy beers rock!