illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 Bottle at Noogfest 08. Pours black with a tan head. Full bodied but not too thick, with feathery, fine carbonation. Lots of dark roast and bakers chocolate, but with a good amount of coffee making remind me somewhat of a coffee stout. Finishes semi dry. This is very balanced and not too big, making this an easy one to drink.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2010 My Bottom Line:
This rich and roasty Imperial stout proposes molasses and raisins which seamlessly segue into resinous bitterness to sculpt a balanced and momentous example of the style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the opaque blackness.
-The well-developed maltiness also offers caramel allusions in the flavor profile.
-The large bubbles alleviate what would be a heavy sipping experience.
-This is amazingly drinkable for its size, even though its weight is easily perceptible.
-Alcohol heats up the back end, but is otherwise well concealed in the stream of unified flavors.
Bottles and on tap at Toronado SF.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Notable viscosity upon pouring. Velvety mocha tan head and deep near-black body. Coffee, pleasing roast, and rich dark chocolate in the aroma. Earthy hop notes. Flavor is lush and rich with some nice complexity. Very creamy, thick bodied texture. Great big imperial stout.
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 31, 2008
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma of alcohol and moss. Heavy body and pours dark black with a dark brown molasses head. Flavor begins with alcohol and then becomes intensely sweet plums. Ends with a nice hint of coffee and malts. Very very good!
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 750ml. Pours nearly black with big brown head. Aroma is roasty and has quite a bit of chocolate. Flavor is lightly sweet with chocolate and some caramel and molasses. Some faint dark fruits and raisin come in later with a dryer cocoa flavor leading to roasty and lightly hopped finish. Heavy and creamy with a fair bit of carbonation. Well hidden alcohol. I wish I took better notes because I plan to age some for a bit and compare. A well crafted impy to say the least.
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany brown pour producing a somewhat thin body of charcoal black; heavy foam of tan. Rich, toasty caramel, cinnamon dough, a hint of anise, and subdued fruitiness in the aroma; a bit of ashy and metallic coffee ground and minerals linger. Deep, rich roast flavor of goose meat and tanzanian coffee; maybe not those exact flavors, but they’re the best template for the savory, smoky girth of this taste. There’s a lot of dusty baker’s chocolate and generic earthy bitterness that lends some roughness around the edges of this belgian example, that seems too reckless and misplaced; where it should seem polished and deep, intimating a nuanced, heavy Cabernet or the like, it tends to offer this thin bitter earthiness that timidly brightens up with bits of pear and orange peels. Favorably changes quite a bit as it warms and as it coats the mouth; those sunny touches of fruit character shining more openly and warmly. Alcohol masked. Graham crackers, honey, dark chocolate mid palate; sticky sweetness. Mouthfeel is frothy and full, with a soft sparkle; finishes warm and juicy with a long fruity sweetness chased green, spicy bitterness. Seems a highly ageable example; full of character that hasn’t gotten it all together yet. Thanks to Andy and Larry!
Ratman197 (8846) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured an opaque black with a large lasting brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, roastiness and light fruittiness with a smooth warming semi sweet finish.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 2008-05-31. Only took rough notes on this second sample, but the flavour has much more rich maltyness throughout that I recall. Just overall bigger and richer and more lovely. Wow! 8/5/8/4/18 - 4.3 Bottle, Post-Mondial Tasting, Montreal
<P>2005-05-24. Black body with a nice foamy tan head (4+). Roasty aroma, underlying malt. (7+) Similar roast dominates the flavour, mild milk chocolate notes, light lingering bitterness in the finish. (7+) Smooth average to medium palate. Not bad! 7/4/7/4/16 - 3.8 Bottle shared by Biegaman
MadIndian (2278) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2008 Bottle from Capones, sampled with Stegosaurus. Damn this was good. Nice black pour with roasted, coffee, chocolate aromas. Nothing show stoppingly different but a good blend and a good punch. I quite enjoyed it. Ask Stegosaurus what we did with the cork and the caps form the troegs bottles....
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very interesting offering from a great brewery. of course, the beer does not disappoint.. The aroma is decent, having some roast and sweet malts leaving a bit of a fruity and molasses hint. The feel of this beer is almost equal to Dark Horizon, very smooth and silky, absolutely wonderful. The flavour is chocolaty and sweet with molasses and some burnt malts. Overall a pretty average stout with a great mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable but doesn’t quit have enough.