Boutip (5862) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Grub: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with loads of sweet notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet cloying notes with some light notes of black chocolate and coffee. Full body with oily texture and good retention and no apparent alcohol. I think I am going against the grain on this one but I just canít like these super sweet imperial stout; I prefer them when they are more balance with coffee and black chocolate.
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Blue Nile. Pour is black with minimal brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and raisins. Flavor much of the same with some alcohol. Palate is thick and chewy. Too much going on to enjoy. An alright but slightly disappointed.
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. black under small, creamy light brown head. nose is a mix of dark and milk chocolates with a hint of coffee and even lighter notes of hops. flavor more hoppy than the aroma suggests and it brings out the dark fruit character and chocolate covered citrus flavors. a bit boozy and warming at first. hints of metallic at times. decent.
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. From the most recent release. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown/black color with a dark tan tightly bubbled head. Some lace as the head settles down. Dark roast, mild dark chocolate, tobacco, and almost a vegetable like aroma in the nose. Some booze also evident in the nose. Mdeium mouthfeel, too light in my opinion. The first flavor I notice is some mild smokiness that sticks around the entire time you take a drink. Sweet dark chocolate flavor along with some boose and dark chocolate bitterness to end this. I canít say that I am falling in love with this one.
pushkinwow (2552) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle - thanks Kyle. Opaque black, small tan head that fades quickly. Dark molasses, malts, bit of anise, soy, chocolate and alcohol. Fuzzy on the palate, bitter but not overdone, huge malt and molasses throughout, full bodied, get the alcohol at the end. A good beer but too one-dimensional and overpowering to be great.
UDBeernut (2617) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle jet black with no head. Slight off putting roast in the nose. Taste is mostly smokey, slight caramel and coffee. Slightly less than burly body. Crafty Iíd say ;)
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap. Inky black pour. Large foamy brown head. Nose is metal, bananas, esters, ash. Flavor is ashy, earth, smoke, teriyaki, soy, chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, coffee. Bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel with medium carb.
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...
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 Bottle - Thanks buckybeer - Pours thick black with a medium brown head...aroma is sticky and chocolatey, flavour is carob, molassas, not quite sure where the bitterness comes from...Leine’s just keep striving, but to me always come up macro...
thedm (5617) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a very small sized head of frothy dark brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark brown colored body and a poor lacing. The aroma was roasted malt and mild vinous. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of mildly vinous bourbon brown malt and malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.