CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to timmcd64, sampled on 2/1/08: Pours an oily opaque with a dense, frothy, creamy brown head. Sweet dark caramel and chocolatey nose has some doughy bready notes and a touch of raisins and molasses. Body starts rich and caramely sweet with nice dark fruity complexity drying out somewhat toward a lingering bittersweet dark chocolate finish. Very rich and enjoyable and should age well. A nice imperial stout with a mild Belgian yeasty presence.
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours deep black with a dark brown fizzy head. smells heavily of roasted malts with some spice. taste starts thick and chocolatey, with a little coffee. the finish starts out with a little hop, then becomes a sweet toffee flavor
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, thanks to Tim. Slightly glassy when poured, and opaque black when sitting. Aroma brings a quiet and rich presentation of toasted vanilla, rock candy, chocolate milk, and sweetened coffee. Flavor gives some dark toffee, black pepper, whiskey; a bold chocolate and vegetal hop flavor of broccoli and steamed carrot. Tinny bourbon and molasses sweetness with black cherry skins; seeming quite acrid at first, but developing a burly citrus hop and malt sweetness. Palate if full and aggressive; pomegrantate tartness and some sweet alcohol of a rum extraction in the finish. Still a bit abrasive, but pleasant for the most part.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle with a big thanks to stine. Big Impy aroma of roasted malt and charred vanilla bean. Light coffee aroma, some wet wood, dark chocolate and charred caramel. Pours a thick, dark brown, nearly black with a thick khaki head. Unique take on the Impy style for sure. There’s a different yeast component to this beer that’s not found in other US Impy’s. A slight tartness behind the chocolate, charred caramel, vanilla and roasted malt. Bordering on full bodied bodied with a little more carbonation than I prefer in my impy’s. A nice take on the style, though. Thanks Eben!
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black with a very large brown head. Nice aroma with a bit of chocolate and maybe a tad bit of coffee. Big palate, very chewy. Flavour is good with chocolate coffee, some astringent malts with a bit of pine hop.
jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark beer with an attactive bubble cascade out of the bottle. The cascade generated a foamy brown head that hung around in whisps and drifts. Nose of chocolate, coffee and cereal grains. Think mouthfeel. Tons of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and a pleasan alcohol warmth. Really thick, chewy imperial stout.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours an onyx black body topped by a tall, dark tan head.
Smell: Aroma heavy on the roast, and boozey, too. Notes of burnt wood, dark caramel, chocolate, a puff of smoke and, once allowed to warm a bit, a medley of dried fruits.
Taste: There’s an intense charred, smokey roastiness upfront followed by a sweet dark chocolate taste to make it bearable. Tastes of caramel syrup, fire-scorced marshmallows, and a bit of fruit. Mild oak character. Medium earthy bitterness that recedes as you approach the finish. A touch of oak and yeast (and booze) for the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: This stout is top notch, Midnight Sun!
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Source: Tasting, Pre-Sex
Appearance: very dark brown, fine tan head, bits of lace,
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma with a nice sweet estery fruityness,
Overall: rich chocolate, nice fruity sweetness, touch of dark chocolate bitterness, fruity esters really bring out the rich chocolate, light bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
decaturstevo (4414) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Captaincougar for sharing this rarity at the Foothills gathering. Jet black pour with sweet malt toasted malt aroma. A slight phenol flavor. Hard malt flavor with a very pleasant bitter. A bit foamy but overall full palate. Very unusual beer the abv and malt combine to make it hard to figure out. Thanks Tom.
TURDFERGUSON (3741) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by captaincougar at the footsex gathering. Pours dark dark black with a small tan head. Nose is slightly smokey, with some chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of roasted malt and a hint of booze. Big flavors of chocolate, wood, smoke, and booze with a hint of belgian yeast in the finish. Pretty darn good and I wish I would have had this at a time when I wasn’t being bombarded with amazing beers. But I really can’t complain too much about that! Thanks for sharing Tom!