sloth (2464) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A viscous pour delivers a small tan head, retention is good, lace is minimal. Basically black but with some brown edging. Lots of caramel aroma with well blended notes of wood, coffee and hints of whiskey. Body is full, slick on the palate, creamy and oily with a soft carbonation. Lotsa Impy. Stout goodness in the form of caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, roast, dark fruits and berrys. Lots happening. Not overly complex but it definately keeps yer attention. Lightly sweet, roasty, fruity finish. Nice. Cheers to SDbruboy for the bottle, thanks Cliff!
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma, coffee and roasted notes, dark fruits, some tartness, chocolate shows up more as it warms. Flavor, roasted malts, dark fruits, some yeasty, chocolate, medium to full bodied.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma big sweet coffee, sweet fruits, sweet chocolate, and of course the sweet alcohol making me type sweet a lot. Flavor heavily but not harshly roasted malt, bitter coffee finish. At first felt oddly thin in the mouth for me, probably the alcohol playing a big role, but a few sips in it became quite creamy and smooth. No one particular trait that puts it over the top, but a great combination of its parts.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Blackish pour with a nice beige head. Aroma is creamy and chocolatey with some Belgian malt/yeast detectable. Flavor is creamy, chocolatey, and a bit roasty - totally delicious. Silky, smooth, and wonderful all around with a mouthfeel that is superb. Just the right amount of carbonation for the flavor. No hint of the 11%ABV either. Another Lost Abbey winner.
LilBeerDoctor (3429) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a huge, HUGE dark tan head, so pretty!! Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, milk and bitter chocolate. Flavor of heavily roasted, sweet malt, roasted nuts, bitter chocolate. Very smooth palate and really drinkable. I was expecting more richness from an imperial stout, but this tastes more like a strong regular stout to me. Very smooth, wow I did not get the 11%. Interesting, very good, but not quite worthy of its 4.03 average...
Guerde (1163) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle thanks Stine!) Pours dark brown with a dark tan head. Aroma is very dry with a lot of cocoa, dark chocolate, and dark roasted coffee. The taste was a little sweeter than the the aroma hinted at, with a taste of dark fruits in the beginning, which was quickly replaced with a lot of roasted malt that carried over into a long roasty finish that changed into more of a green bell pepper flavor, and the mouthfeel was full. A solid impy, but it didn’t really set itself apart from other imperial stouts I’ve tried.
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 750 ml bottle, shared by Stine, pours a near opaque dark brown brew with an average sized beige head that slowly dissipates with some spotty lacing and a beige ring. Aroma of roasted dark malts, some dark chocolate, black licorice and some raisin. Taste is full bodied, light carbonated with flavors of dark pitted fruits, roasted dark malt, chocolate, and a touch of cream. Finish has a nice roasted dark malt, chocolate and a touch of vanilla aftertaste that slowly disappears. Nice treat!
badgerben (4392) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to Stine for bringing this one in. Black color with a meidum head. Big chocolate and milk aroma. Lots of sweet malt and pounds of roasted barley flavor. Dried milk. A little metallic towards the end. Finishes with a dry pine hop. I’d sin for it.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Snifter. Got home from work late and didn’t feel like cooking, so I ’ate’ this guy for dinnner. Pours tar black with huge two finger brown head. Aroma is powerful, and noticable upon uncorking. Plum, raisin, licorice, molasses and of course loads of roasty malt give this brew quite the aromatic qualities. Flavor is roasty with lots of dark fruit evident. Hop character pokes in there quite a lot as well, but the bitterness if just the right amount to balance the chocolate and molasses sweetness of the malt. Vanilla and alcohol poke through as well, but are wholly welcome. Palate is rich, but not overly so. Not quite as viscous or syrupy as many other examples of the style- a tad too thin. Aftertaste is sweet malt with a slight hop bitterness. Where this outstanding brew shines is its intense flavors and aroma- a well crafted brew indeed.
BeerBlitz (72) - Roslyn, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle poured into tulip glass at the Drafting Room, Spring House, PA. Quite good, but what else do you expect from Tomme? Had this today, the hottest and most humid day of the year, so it packed a heck of a wallop. Beautiful dark brown pour with thick foamy head. Definitely syrupy in texture but smooth going down. Reminds me a lot of JP’s Madrugada Obscura, but with higher alcohol which is very apparent. Doesn’t have JP’s mustiness but more of a straight-up stout. Definite recommend!