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.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours an oily black with a creamy tan head. Aroma, boozy, chocolate, dried fruits, some prunes, some earthy and roasted notes, a hint of wood. Flavor, chocolate, dark fruits, earthy with some moderate roasted quality, sweet, some alcohol comes through, more coffee as it warms up, the finish has some earthy and fruity bitterness to it. Medium to full bodied. Something just didn’t click for me with this.
MaxxDaddy (413) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from iowaherkeye (thanks!). Had this one with dessert on Christmas. Poured black with small tan head. The aroma on this one was most certainly different than other imperials I’ve had; way more fruit in there. I was on the fence about if it was a good thing or not. I’m a man who like experimenting, so I say good on them. Along with the dark fruit came some roast and chocolate. The taste was rather odd as well. In addition to dark fruits and chocolate, there was a sort of sour/soy sauce element as well. It wasn’t enough to throw the brew off too much, which was nice. Pretty creamy on the tongue and finished more chocolaty and roasty.
Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Being a Wisconsin grad and drinking plenty of leine’s in college I was excited to try this one.
Pours an ink black goo with very little head. The smell was of cherries, toast ,and bittersweet chocolate. Palate was ok and sustaining. A very solid effort by Leinenkugels.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Harry’s bottle. Well, here is a highly rated rare treat that I knew nothing about! Pitch black, big bubbly chocolaty head, a perfect looking stout. Good aroma - alcohol, molasses, sticky sweet. Taste features a ton of molasses as well, maybe almost too much. Full thick body, hops somehow fight their way through and are noticeable as well. Alcohol really burns after a few sips in the linger. A good solid impy - but the individual marks are higher than my overall impression if that makes any sense - just didn’t hit a home run for me.
pineypower (2690) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out black with a small burnt looking head. Aroma is of burnt malts and some strange malty notes. Taste is complex, some chocolate, roasted malt, molasses and a rye-bread taste going on in the background. Interesting....
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle via Mys Swap 3.0. Pours black with a nice compact tan head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted coffee. Taste is sweet burnt caramel and fruity coffee, plum, fig, with lots of fruity esters and a bit of soy and licorice in the aftertaste. Body is medium/full, carbonation is medium/moderate. A damned fine Imp stout!
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very still oily looking opaque body. Nose-LME, fig, raisins, light alcohol, big perfume, tea. Taste-biscuit, fig, harsh wood, cracklings, medium to high sweetness, grape juice, charred wood, burnt marshmallow, bitter coffee, sticky, lots of sweet creamed coffee. Very good creamy coffee, albeit a little sticky and sweet.
nimbleprop (5571) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled 12oz bottles of this at my first imperial stout tasting. Pours a thick, oily black with a tan, creamy head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla and whiskey. Flavors are similar with burnt toast, tobacco, oak, and bourbon. Oily on the tongue, really hot on the finish. A very, very big beer.
Beerman6686 (5179) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma was some coffee, alcohol, and some other bad smells. Flavor was coffee, but masked by a metallic taste, not too great.