hopscotch (9954) - 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!
adnielsen (9814) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2012 Bottle @ home, I think courtesy of TheAlum. Thanks! Deep black appearance with a very dark brown head. Very roasty, dark chocolate malty, anise, tar aroma. Anise, roasty dark chocolate, somewhat burnt, dark fruity, light smoke, black licorice, mild vanilla flavor. Not bad.
hopdog (9537) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, dark fruits, and caramel. Tastes of dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate, roast, and some coffee.
Sammy (9256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am pleased that Prince Murray Swine recommended and sent this. A classic RIS and they nailed the style. Big bold bitter black and a full coffee. Full mouthfeel. Coffee in, chocolate coating but not over on the chocolate as per the new wave.
GT2 (9166) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL 2012. Deeper black pour. Medium to weaker dark coffee foam. Spot of lacing. Nose at first is sharp lemon detergent, moving to green olive, soy, salt, odd funky green vegetables. Taste is rich, dense, dar chocolate, spicy. Denser palate with a long, bitter chocolate finish. Pretty solid in the taste and palate department. Nose and head retention could use some work.
Dogbrick (9109) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Bottle at Bodega in La Crosse. Pours brownish-black with a medium foamy khaki head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing. Roasted coffee aroma with hops behind it. Medium body with a roasty coffee character and flavors of grainy malt and hops. The finish is black coffee with a lingering roasty flavor left over. Above average overall.
crossovert (8675) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It pours a dense, dark black with a nice foamy tan head. Thehead sticks for a nice while. It has a bit of decent lacing.
The smell is pretty standard for a RIS. It is clean, not superbly fragrant, but consistent with the style. There is some raisin, dark fruits, cocoa, and coffee
The flavor is where you can tell this is a leine’s product. It isn’t bad but it is inferior to the standard of the style. It has a lot of components: a nice bitterness, coffee, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, a surprising hppiness, and a hint of roastiness, but it doesn’t mesh as well as it could. There is a flavor sticking out that is just unnatural.
The mouthfeel is pretty full-bodied, perhaps a bit excessive carbonation however. The alcohol isn’t completely hidden. It has a bit of a cloying sweetness.
It is a nice attempt by a macro brewery, but there is still room for improvement.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-10-2010 23:21:11
shrubber85 (8526) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Chocolate, coffee malt, and alcohol aroma. Opaque brown-black color with large brown head. Mildly sweet mocha-coffee malt and moderately bitter alcohol flavor. Pretty good.
3fourths (8465) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 12oz bottle thanks to CaptainCougar. Very nice and appropriate pour and head for imperial stout. Bit of that green apple smell that others have written about, along with a more pleasent soy and black char note in the nose. Flavorwise it’s fresh, perhaps young and green, with a bit of twang throughout. Body is medium, not what I’d call thick at all but not lacking too much. Finishes with a dark chocolate syrup note and more of the green apple acetylhyde note. Not bad, but I think it’s a bit of a stretch to say this is one of the top imperial stouts.
7/4/7/3/14 = 3.5
Sampled in a blind 25 imperial stout tasting, Feb 2008
Smoke, soy, some lactic milk notes, with a heavy astringency, a pasty texture, and some charred dark chocolate flavors. The green apple notes in the nose gave this one away.
7/4/6/4/14 = 3.5
mcberko (8425) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, pours black with a tan head. Aroma of coconut, licorice, bourbon and molasses. Flavour of coconut, light roastiness, a little iodine and molasses. Sort of a mess, but it somehow works decently well.