Sammy (8024) - 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.
Drake (7840) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... a most excellent bonus from Pailhead. Pours absolutely black with a dark brown head and decent lacing. Aromas of coffee and chocolate. Taste is very intense! Similar notes as in the aroma with a nice bitterness to balance it out. Creamy mouthfeel. This is a damned good stout.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to zathrus13. Pours thick with a largish, inky dark brown body and a dark brown head to match. Aroma is yeasty with soy, liccorice, and chocolate. Taste is chocolate, soy, yeast and some coffee. Lots of Mocha. Creamy mouthfeel with light bubbles
3fourths (7769) - 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
GT2 (7716) - Carlsbad, 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.
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours absolutely raven black, turbid, with 3-finger brown head. This one looks great. Nose is big choc malt, cacao, plum, blackberry, molasses, Brazil nut. Tastes very rich, with heavy malt, blackstrap molasses, cacao, blackberry, port, and prune, some anise, and more hops in the finish as well as more of a charred character. In fact, the charred and pruney flavor gets a tad strong late. This one is very good, but not elite.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009-09-20. Black body with a modest chocolate brown head. Aroma is interesting, dark fruit, malt, light alcohol. Flavour is similar, dark fruit, light bitterness, very light raisin and touches of what may be oxidation. Smooth medium to full bodied palate is very lightly carbonated. Pleasant, just a touch syrupy at times, which could be helped by increased carbonation. Bottle c/o HogTownHarry
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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.
Dogbrick (7107) - 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.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Just a lovely pour.. highly-viscous midnight black with a tall, creamy, deep brown head that stuck around for ages.
The aroma picked up large doses of rich malty goodness.. baker’s chocolate, molasses, cocoa powder, and espresso.. all deeply-roasted and they really worked well together.. there was also some lighter green fruit present and some resiny pine.. hopefully those fruits fade with time, otherwise exquisite!
The flavor had huge doses of deeply-roasted darker fruits, chocolates, and charred coffee beans with just enough pine resin and citrus bitterness as accents.. finished bright with the bitterness, and the alcohol warmth washed over the entire mouth and throat about 3 seconds after the swallow.. mighty tasty, firm, and complex!
Extra heavy on the palate and oily with a dry back-end and assertive alcohol warmth.. this felt amazingly like Expedition on the palate, and the bad boy’s just an infant! I feel like a trip the the Northwoods is in order!