DYCSoccer17 (3012) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 2, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Growler. Opaque Black with a brown head. Malty aroma, but can detect noticeable alcohol. Not as much coffee/chocolate as I would like/expect. Smoked coffee in the start. Very light bodied. Below average for the style. Nedds more aroma and body.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - APR 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark hearty brew,deep brown lasting head, good mouth feel. chocolate and coffee tastes are lasting. goes down slowly but well
rudolf (2276) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(growler) Burnt coffee/chocolate aroma. Surprisingly large brown head for an imperial. Nice thick black body. Subtle dark fruits and very bitter coffee, followed by an alcohol burn. Great, mouthcoating body.
IPFreely (1471) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours black, firm brown head, long lasting. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, and coffee. Flavor was again roasty with notes of coffee, vanilla, and licorice. Coffee finish. Full body, decent alcohol masking. Very nice.
BBB63 (5411) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nearly opaque with a small creamy tan head and nice lace. The aroma hints of burnt chocolate malts, caramel, plums, espresso, and aromatic hops. The taste has a fruity sweet character with some light bitterness and smoke undertones. The coffee presence (which I normally like) didn't add to the palate as expected. Dry and too thin mouthfeel. The promise in the nose wasn't backed up during the taste. A average stout, nice to try once.
1more4dessert (293) - Upstate, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little to thin, I like a little more body in very high ethanol brews. Jet black with small head. Burnt toffee and caromel. Name is dragonslayer but if you hold up a match an exhale on it after downing one, dragonbreath might be better name. decent effort
by the way, I've had a lot of brews at the Tusk and have yet to get a bad one.
KURTO99 (18) - wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank this at the legendary Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Only trouble with the Blue Tusk, is that the tap lines are never cleaned, and all brews have the same 'taste' to them. However this beer stood out. Roasty, good mouth feel, and big.
JoeM500 (1900) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
10%abv was evident in the nose, in the taste, and in the Bears Republic Racer 5 that I had immediately following! Gritty truck-stop coffee taste was the only thing besides the alcohol. Almost as dark as an Imperial should be. More like a strong coffee stout.
fraternie (777) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty, coffee aroma. Malt is roasted cofee, some ABV present, moderate hops. Seems a bit thin for a true imperial, and not a whole lot else is going on in the flavor department. Smooth, ABV does not show.
jaymobrown (1508) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Real Ale Fest Chicago. Strongly roasted flavors. Very, very long finish. There's some hops lurking around somewhere.