Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Thick, black, and oily pour produces a restive, chalky grey head. Loud aroma of green apples and honey; youth projects brashly and unavoidably. Venison, barbecue tang, and some pear juice lend further brightness across the top, though the depths of dark malt never really find expression. Flavor brings more aggression in a similar fashioning of vanilla peach and apple tones; these shout gibberish over a mild, muted articulation of smoky chocolate malt. A honey, pinesol and brown sugar glaze on grilled pineapple drives it further into oversugared citrus and overhopped confusion. Dense and oily with commanding presence in the mouth, though loose and certainly underdeveloped. Summarizes itself succinctly in another green apple burst of painful sweetness at the finale. Sugar and youth win out, and given the lack of bottle conditioning and the strange allegiance to the screw top idea, it doesnít seem to afford itself much of an opportunity to overcome that fault. Thanks for sharing, Ken!
badgerben (4888) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating 2600. Many, many thanks to the one, the only, Skyview, for bringing this treat. Iím entering it a bit out of order for the night, but what do I care? Pours like a bottle of motor oil with a medium, dark tan head. Very nice aroma of heavily roasted malt, coffee and a bit of soy sauce. Woody taste. Someone at the tasting mentioned hickory and I would have to agree 100%. Molasses, very strong malt and a sugary syrup taste dominate. Slight bitterness towards the end. Not the worldís greatest, but definitely a top tier brew. I am very impressed by Leinieís. Cheers!
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI. Pours a dark black, mostly transparent, filtered color with a thick head of tight bubbled, charred tan head. Big, meaty aroma thatís dripping with some salty, teriyaki beef jerky characters and soy sauce. Thereís also an interesting floral sweet onion hop aroma that makes this smell like genuine Hawaiian barbeque. Thereís some dark chocolate and vanilla malt character lingering in there as well, but the spicy hop, molasses notes are whatís really striking. Full bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a shimmering texture that melts across the tongue. Very slick and oily mouthfeel. The jerky-like, meaty flavors jump out on the palate right away, but are a bit less pronounced than in the aroma. Burned raisins, bourbony caramel, figs, and prunes start creeping out mid-palate. It gets increasingly roasty toward the finish, bringing out semi-charred flavors of french roast or espresso coffee. Some west coast white grapefruit hop characters emerge in the final smack, drying up some of the residual sugars nicely. Pretty well crafted beer overall - very complex and clean, but the meaty flavor of the malt is a bit too much for me. It doesnít taste off to my palate, only it has the bacony bamburg malt smoke character that getís a bit busy when combined with the high alpha hops and heavy roast. I must applaud a big brewer from delving into the craft brew scene and producing a beer that is exceptionally appealing to our community. With the quality control and process efficiencies of a big brewer, I expected to be blown away, and was left only mildly disappointed. Everything seems tight and clean, and the recipe formulation is bold and daring - it just didnít hit the target for my specific palate. However, I must point out that the beer should be bottle conditioned and NOT capped with a screw top if really meant to age well over time. This, however, is kind of a moot point, as many well reputed, smaller brewers use this same technique - I donít really agree with this, but as such, I canít justly deduct points for this fact, either. Keep íem coming!
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Big chocolate and plum aroma along with marshmellow, roasted malt, faint black licorice, and faint alcohol. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a small brown head that fades relatively quickly down to a moderate ring along the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with lots of chocolate, plum, and molasses, with some faint black licorice. The finish has lots of roastiness that really lingers on the palate along with some fruit, and light citrus hops. I donít think it tastes like Expedition while the liquid is in your mouth, but it does have a very similar aftertaste to Expedition. Slick, oily, and full bodied with moderate carbonation at first but dies to a much softer mouthfeel after a few minutes.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2010 Older bottle from northernbrews. Black with huge beige head. Aroma and flavor consist of big chocolate, sweet mollasses character, candied dark fruits. Flavor much the same, big sweet character, not really cloying though, enough roast and hop character to balance. Sticky mouthfeel. Much better than the bottles I had originally.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(I think this may have been a bad batch, as we opened three bottles and all tasted kind of shitty. I guess quality control, or lack thereof, should influence a rating, right?) Big dark dark brown to black with a dense tan head. Apples? Sweet. A bit of weird alcohol. No roast. No chocolate. Maybe some pine? This isnít bad, but for an imperial stout, this is highly unusual, obviously. Big smooth body, a bit viscous with low carbonation. Okay, must be a bad bottle. Weird piney soapy taste. Sweet malt. A bit of roast and some very high fusel alcohols. Lingering unclean pine. Three bottles later, arenít the big guys known for consistency? Fruit, phenolic and weird... not much of a chocolate aspect. No licorice. Nothing creamy. Iím not getting dark fruits. I swear Iím rating a different beer. As it warms to room temperature, this becomes more tolerable and maybe I can detect some chocolate peaking out. I just donít know...
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2007 Name: Big Eddy Imperial Stout
Source: Tasting, Throwdown 3
black, fine tan head, vicious almost to the point of having legs, streaks of lace,
strong dark chocolate aroma with a bit of licorice,
big and creamy body,
rich dark chocolate flavor, growing bitterness rises out of dark chocolate, chocolate stays strong to the end, touch of dark fruits, lasting bitter finish,
Name: Big Eddy Imperial Stout
black, big creamy brown head,
rich dark chocolate aroma with sweet licorice and vanilla,
lots of bitter dark chocolate flavor, touch of coffee character,
the creamy body combined with the rich dark chocolate is what makes this beer special
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
Silphium (3192) - 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 beerís strength. Philip makes a very good point about the slim viscosity compared to the best imperial stouts. Nevertheless, an excellent beer by Leinenkugel.
DavidP (1748) - 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.