AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2009 Diesel oil black with a fleeting brown head. Heavenly aromas of roasty malts with oak vanilla, licorice. Rich, hearty flavor is a fantastic mix of dry roasty malts with sweet molasses, rich chocolate and vanilla. The barrel aging effect is damn near perfect here, nice oak wood notes. One of the best B -aged stouts I’ve had. Awesome. 9/4/9/4/18.............................. May 2009 update. Had this from a cellared keg at the new MS location. Lots of black malt and astringent tobacco flavors with some vanilla sweetness and sour wood also had some metalic notes in the flavor. 8/4/8/4/15
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy Beerlando. Black. Small brown head. At first sniff I thought somebody put some Bell’s 7K in the bottle. A ton of malt complexity- roasty, bittersweet, earthy, lightly smokey, a touch of peated malt?, dark dried fruits, and cookie complimented very nicely by some barrel elements of charred oak, vanilla, and just a touch of whiskey- either the beer is bold enough to overpower the whiskey or the barrels were not first re-use- whichever it is it works, very well. Any Belgian elements are masked by the malt and the barrel, some hop bitterness helps dry out the end a bit. Huge beer, very full body, balanced carbonation. Awesome imperial stout.
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Beerlando! Pours black with aromas and flavors of raisins, chocolate, wood, alcohol and other dark fruits. Very good.
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2009 Bottle…Pre-Chunk & Patriot’s Lick-Yo-Face-Off Throwdown!... This beer rocks!... Pours pitch black with a very small, creamy, light brown head. The woodsy, chocolaty aroma provides a swirl of oak, sourmash, tobacco, coconut and espresso. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Sweet dark-chocolate, bourbon and gobs of sticky burnt-marshmallow layered upon lesser notes of bitter espresso and charcoal. Burnt, chocolaty, woodsy, warming finish. Thanks to Beerlando for providing the bottle of this world class imperial stout!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 Pitch black at the center, with glints of crimson tinged mahogany at the far edge, the body is topped with a creamy, smooth, mocha colored head that lasts. Thin, sheety lacing forms in broken slotches and sticks strongly to the glass. The nose is fantastic. A rich and creamy, dark Belgian chocolate base is kissed with subtle, soft, oaky vanilla and the perfect amount of bourbon. Indiscernible dark fruit lends a lightly sweet, sort of earthy feel, while hints of smoked peat and caramel malt lend further depth. Subtle anise lends just a bit of bite. Flavors are equally fantastic. Belgian yeast lends a unique twist to the rich, hefty choco-caramel. Bourbon is perfectly introduced, not too strong, but substantial enough to let you know it means business. The smokiness really lends a deep, earthy layer, and the vanilla from the oak just pulls everything together nicely. Smooth, creamy, almost velvety in the mouth, a bit more viscosity would make for a perfect palate. Just a fantastic beer from start to finish. Belgian brewers take note, these guys in Alaska are beating you at your own game.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at redlight redlight. I am not sure who brought it. Miketd? Wow. This beer was one of my favorites and I definitely want more. Very sweet and fruity. Roasted malts, caramel and vanilla. Everything was so well blended and alcohol ridiculously well hidden. Yum!
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black beer with a nice tan head. The aroma is of belgian yeast, chocolate, and some coffee, but it is more interesting than it actually sounds, believe me. Flavors of chocolate, dark fruit, light yeasty spice. Full bodied, creamy, almost syrupy in a sense. The yeasty spice really adds a lot to this.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at pauls. Pours a black body with a thin white lacing. A big aroma of fruity esters, malt, and alcohol. Light roasty coffee, maple, vanilla, licorice, and coco. Peat and light smokiness.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Tertons for sharing. This is indeed another great beer from MS. Pours a very deep dark black, but not nearly the blackest stout by far- still dark though, with a nice lively carbonation and a great deep tan head. aroma is nice and lively- good dark chocolate, nice full roast character with some coffee, but they arent as in your face as an American Impy- more laid back and well balanced as the Belgian yeast comes in with lots of good herbal phenols and the typical dark fruit esters with a touch of hay, earth and sea salt. Great flavors or deep dark chocolate, roasted barley, light coffee, some licorice, dark burnt toast, a bit acrid, and dry with some aged oak- with nice doughy Belgian yeast character. Great full mouthfeel but lively and doesnt feel like it weighs a ton in your mouth like a typical big American impy. Very different, but it works very well. This is how all those imperial stouts brewed in Belgium should be.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz. bottle, with a big thank you to bitbucket! Pours a syrupy black with a two finger foamy brown head, very good retention and moderate lacing. Aroma is very nice, with bakers chocolate, oak, molasses, vanilla, and lots more going on, all well blended on the nose. Flavor is heavenly, with more oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, and just the right amount of sweetness and roast and just a hint of barrel coming out mid palate. Wow, it’s easy to see this is well deserving of its Top 100 spot. Nuanced and well blended on both the nose and flavor to make for a velvety smooth and highly enjoyable IS, excellent stuff. Thanks again Bob!