GranvilleTim (1776) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks PeteinSD! Black pour with a thick mocha brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, rye. Taste is spicy rye, roasted malt, very dry, char, black patent malt. Nice lacing shown on each sip. The beer clung to the side of the glass.
GenDV138 (2976) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle I brought to the DC Tasting. Black with tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast. Tastes of chocolate, dark fruit, caramel. Medium body with a dry finish.
jackl (5503) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Travlr’s. deep brown pour with a small head. Nose is pretty mild. Some cocoa and general umami. Taste is salty. Loads of brown bread. Mild roast. Meh.
kraddel (4505) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pretty dark, nearly black . Small grey head . Smell is oaty, sweet, intense . Taste is bit bitter , chocolate aspects, slightly bitter . Oats . Roasted malts . Nice
tderoeck (5859) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
23/XII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle from Healthy Spirits (CA, USA) @ home - BB: n/a, bottled: n/a (2014-1530) Thanks to Dieter A. for sharing the bottle!
Pitch black beer, creamy beige to brown head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: caramel, mocha, sweet, sugary, some vanilla, dried fruits, some chocolate. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: pretty roasted, sweet touch, caramel, chocolate, dried fruits, mainly figs, mocha, cocoa powder. Aftertaste: coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, bit sugary, bitter hops.
bytemesis (4287) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours inky black, medium creamy dark brown head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, dark roasted malts, chocolate, some anise, a bit of tobacco, molasses. Flavor is light sweet, medium bitter, roasty, dark chocolates and anise, woody tobacco notes. Perhaps some hints of rye, but not a strong component here. Lingering bitterness, but pleasant, not overpowering. Not very hot at all. Fullish body, creamy mouthfeel. One of the better non BA impy’s, IMO.
snoworsummer (3052) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Hamilton’s. Pours almost black with a creamy brown head. Tastes very smooth, like burnt toast, coffee, dark chocolate, booze, light ash. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet chocolate, dark coffee, roasted malt, burnt toast, alcohol.
BeerandBlues2 (10616) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Hamilton’s. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, coffee notes, earthy hops, prunes and figs. Flavor is dark malt dominant, dark fruits, medium hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
Sammy (9350) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very solid IS, with good rye kick in the finish. Thick black body, very drinkable. Top notch.
glennmastrange (2413) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Moderate toasted cereal and molasses for the malt, light to moderate resin for the hops, light earth for the yeast, with a hint of tar in the background. Head is small, frothy turning wispy, brown with good slippery lacing and good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is just about black. Flavor starts lightly to oderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately bittersweet and lightly acidic. Palate is full, creamy, with a soft carbonation, and a chewy and sticky finish. Everything about this Imperial Stout is spot on, Bold in the right places and nothing offensive about it.