darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
malty aroma with hints of coffee. color is a very dark red/brown that is 90% opaque with a ~1mm thick head. flavor is a little watery, with a little bit of bitter chocolate flavor, malt and a mild hop bitterness. bitterness starts slow and then kicks in and leaves a favorable aftertaste. palate is wet, but it dries out my tongue a little, so there must be lots of hop oils in the beverage; very little fizz in the bottle i drank.
jimmbo123 (44) - Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I tried this in the bottle. I also tried the Bourbon Barrel Aged version at Portland International Beer Festival. I tried 13 beers there, the beers I tried averaged 3 tickets each. This is one was only 2 tickets and one of only three that I would buy again (and did)! I agree that the taste is hard to define. It’s very complex with a flavor character like an ESB, but very concentrated (thick) like a stout. Bourbon flavor is overkill, since it’s already complex enough.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle via LS. Pours a dark brown with a large beige head. Nose is both toasty and roasty....and chocolate. Taste is hard to define..i get some choclate malts, some toasted grains, some burnt malts, some earthy hops and even a touch of grapefruit/and or orange-rind. This certainly is a strange brew, almost like hoppy winter warmer but light body easy for summer consumption. Body is light/medium, carbonation is moderate.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled in a 22oz. Pours dark brown with a thin lacey head. Drink is very full of flavor, much like a stout. Overall a very well made brew. Strong and heavy.
pinkzambia (1427) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Thanks BuckeyeBoy for sharing this one. Dark brown with a creamy light brown head which actually sticks around for a bit. I love the aroma on this. I wasn’t expecting this smooth, malty, almost stout-like features with a little brown ale in the mix as well. Chocolate abounds. What an interesting taste. It is like mixing a porter with an IPA. It has burnt, malty notes, but a pretty hoppy backbone all the way through as well. This is a virtual anomaly because you expect something totally different from aroma and appearance and then the taste throws you for a loop. It leaves a slick but thick aftertaste, something to chew on and ponder. Not bad.
IndianaRed (2316) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz Bottle courtesy of BuckeyBoy. Dark brown clear pour with a big dense light tan head. Aroma is a light roasted, chocolate tootsie roll medley. Flavor is more thin and acidic than I was expecting. Plenty of bitterness and again that roasted bite that cuts through everything.
Seems kind of one dimensional and straight forward. Seems like beers this dark should be so dry.
an Imperial Brown ?
BuckeyeBoy (2615) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pours out a dark amber topped with cream sand head. Aroma of roast malts, a little smoke, chocolate and nuts. Tast more of the roast, a thick malt and a nice light bitter end.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from Market of Choice. Dark brown cola pour with a fluffy tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruit, a little roasted malt. Flavor is dark roasted malt with some chocolate and a light mesh of pine and citrus hops.
travita (3845) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is chocolate, roastiness, malts, musty, and nutty. The look is brown to black in color with a beige colored head. The taste is malts, roasty, chocolate, nuts. Sort of blah.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a hazy mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of tobacco, raisins, caramel, toffee, cocoa, and pine. Flavor of hops (pine, citrus, herbal), raisins, caramel, and roasted malt.