marcus (6499) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This opaque black ale poured in a small snifter with a large fluffy brown head and a magnificent chocolate aroma. There is a very rich roasted malt and coffee flavor with a bitter chocolate finish, followed by an alcohol haze.
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours out black with brown head. Nice roasty nose. Taste is thick and rich. Notes of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. Semi sweet with a hint of alcohol. Great Imp. stout.
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle from Solan’s Mom Throwdown. Blackish brown pour with a chocolatey head. Smokey wood notes in the nose with some coffee, bourbon and chocolate. Very low carbonation and a thick powerful palate. Considering the ABV this is very very well hidden. Tons of caramel and chocolate and a bit of roasty espresso, a slight touch of fruity tartness in the finish that makes this a very unique impy stout. Lingering smoke. This is really great, one of my favorite imperial stouts.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Pitch black color with large, dark tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and warming alcohol. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is a nice balance of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee notes, dark fruit. Finish is slightly bitter with a touch of warming alcohol.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Via trade with Emacgee. Pours completely opaque back in color with a brown head. Aroma of strong roasted malt, coffee, and alot of dark fruit, some alcohol. Taste is roasty, strong dry chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, caramel, and definite perceivable alcohol. Relatively full bodied with somewhat light carbonation, in line with the style. Finishes with lingering roasty bitterness and a moderate touch of dark fruit. Very nice. Thanks Ethan!
mansquito (3399) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rather dark brown head and it has a totally black body. Chocolate, roasted malts, molasses and a precognition of bitterness appear in the aroma. Bitter dark chocolate taste. The beer feels rather astringent. But it is thick and really creamy and loaded with malts. It has a sweet finish and a really pleasant roasted aftertaste (unlike some imperial stouts which kind of make me cringe in this regard). The alcohol is covered up by the panoply of flavor. It is surprisingly well-balanced and for an imperial stout this is amongst the most drinkable that I have ever had.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 750mL Bottle. Pitch black, opaque obsidian colored pour with a two finger head of large bubbled, fizzy dark tan. Aromas of chocolate, roast, and molasses malt characters along with a moderately strong, pithy hop note. Alcohol presence is clear, but not overly harsh. A more subtle, charred raisin bread chewiness adds some depth to an intensely roasty malt character. Medium bodied, moderately high carbonation level with a somewhat chalky texture. Over-carbonated for an imperial stout, but not to the point of interfering with the flavors; it just kind of sizzles off the tongue where you expect it to coat and linger. Lots of roast characters, mainly dark chocolate, along with burned toast, tobacco, and prune. Very roasty, lightly fruity, and moderately alcoholic. Some hop bitterness lingers faintly in the finish. It’s good.
rederic (2942) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch deep black color, with a nice tan-colored head, with a vanilla, bourbon, oaky nose, with some dark chocolatey espresso coffee accents, with a sweet black chocolate, roasted malt note, with a faint blackberry fruitiness, in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a sweet chocolatey, mochaish, warmth character, with an espresso, vanilla, bourbonish oaky warmth mouthfeel, with a milkyish, black coffee, dark bitter chocolate pralines, with some black chocolate roasty malt flavors, leading towards a sweet, black chocolatey, warming finish.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 Big thanks to GMCC2181 for sending this one my way! Very nice beer, like most of the LAs I’ve had so far. The biggest compliment to this one is that it is very nicely balanced, maybe the most balanced Impy I’ve had. Very thick and oily (which I dig), but not overly so. The 11% is not very noticeable at all, either in the aroma or the flavor. Pours a big, bold black and gives off an aroma of chocolate with some nice roasts and a bit of coffee. Some nice dark and red fruits swimming around. Flavor is excellent, very strong malt profile, chocolate, coffee, fruits, caramel, toffee. Some notes of hops add to the complexity. While I do love the over-the-top style of Impies, this one won me over by being balanced. Simply delicious. Thanks Gabe!
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle, corked & caged, 2008 version - several months new: incredibly dark brown, mostly opaque, with rusty-garnet edges...thick, extremely persistent, dark tan cream. Bitter, cherry-hop aroma with a sticky, caramel, pineyness that reminds me of Expedition Stout. Blueberries and Baker’s Chocolate are noticeable if you close your eyes while taking a deep breath through your nose. Palate is wonderful – reminds me of having pint glasses full of Goose Island Imperial Stout on the Beer Engine – smooth, creamy with a touch of tingle on the tongue. Long, bitter hop-chocolate-berry flavour. Though 11%, the alcohol is soft and stays in the background while warming the tongue and soothing everything else. A remarkable beer now and one that may not necessarily get better with age, but I anticipate it being just as good next year when that first fall chill hits the air and I am ready for my first imperial stout of the season…cheers again to the kind folks at The Lost Abbey, they sure do take care of us…