spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate and coffee and some slight dark fruits stood out in the aroma.Pours black with a light tan head.Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma,exept some noticable oak and bourbon.Full mouthfeel with the bourbon coming thru in the finish.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle shared at Columbus tasting 6 by moejuck and spector - Pours black with a fair tan head. Lots of fruity notes abound in the aroma of this one. A little bannana, and maybe even some cherry blend with the usual coffee, and roast. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, black currant, some slight bourbon and oak. Quite complex and tasty. Well carbonated on the palate with a slight astringency. Very nicely done.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by moejuck & spector at C-Bus 6: Very black pour with a tan head. Aroma, chocolate, soft roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. Flavor, dark fruits, some coffee, a bit of chocolate, and just a trace of alcohol. Pretty nice imperial stout. My love for this is like a truck...
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity scents, roasted malts, and coffee create a complex aroma. I really liked the sweet/fruit aspect of the nose. Black body sports a full palate. Dark roasted malt and a hint of barrell aging up front with some of the fruity aspects coming through--fig possibly? Whatever it is, it makes for a great combination of flavors.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by MoeJuck and Spector...Thanks!! This was pretty different from your regular impy stout. Lots of fruits, dark fruits especially, some sugars, molasses, and others. Not much oak or whisky to pick up on but its still a very good beer that is able to differentiate itself from such a overcrowded category of beers.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma is interesting, different for an IS, rich minty malts, cherries and blueberry, light roast. Pour is beautiful, with a dominant brown head. Very pleasing in the mouth, slight whisky and oak, lots of non-bitter roast and dark chocolate. Very dry, overall, with good drinkability.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2007 Cool name. 2007. Bomber. Pours back alley black with ample light brown creamy froth. Nose is uninspiring, fruity with hints of blackening banana peel. Very little roast, chocolate, coffee or barrel character in the nose at all. On the palate, everything falls apart even more. Very little character overall. Nothing that I desire in a whiskey barrel aged stout is here. No oak, no roast, no chocolate, no coconut, no vanilla. Itís sweet fruity, with hints of dark fruits and banana. I can see why others like this, but this beer is not for me.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 22oz Bottles, Vintages 2005 and 2007. Both vintages tasted side by side and this rating is a combination of impressions of both vintages. Vintage 2005: 7-3-7-4-14=3.5, Vintage 2007: 7-4-8-4-16=3.9. Very dark, opaque, toasted brown colored pour with a quickly dissipating head of golden tan. Satisfying, but not mind blowing aromas of chocolate fudge laced with a healthy dose of raw sugar and a touch of caramelized vanilla. An interesting dimension of black cherry skins creates a touch of aromatic tannic sensations that are quite pleasing. A bit of grainy chocolate malt detracts a bit from the overall aromatic experience, more so with the í05 vintage than the í07. The í07 vintage has a much dryer, roastier bouquet that seems to help highlight the malt and barrel dimensions somewhat, although a whiff of acetone adds a subtle higher alcohol presence thats undesireable in both vintages. Medium bodied mouthfeel, the newer vintage exhibiting considerably more carbonation than the elder. Flavors of a light chocolate vanilla mousse start out the palate, accompanied by a drop of coconut milk. A big, roasty, oaky finish follows up the more subtle malt characters in a very pleasing final smack. The í05 is unfortunately plagued by a rather grainy and oxidized character, while the í07 is much firmer and roastier on the palate, but brings an immature sting of alcohol to the tongue initially. When its all said and done, the í07 left the most pleasing overall impression due to the improved intensity of the malt/roast profile, but it still left me wanting more complexity. Still, a fabulous experience to taste both of these vintages side by side. Thanks for sharing, Chris!
TAR (2449) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 edition: Penetrable dark brown. Large beige head collapses into a tight ring. Hugely vinous aromas inundate the nose with lustrous scents of fruitcake, raisins, black currants, and licorice. Pronounced smoky molasses and maple sugar. Slightly wafery with a touch of shoe polish, oxidation and charcoal. Soft but spacious carbonation fills the mouth. Bottle conditioned. Vinous acidity paves the way for a rich onset of black currants and fruitcake bathing in molasses. Charred wood and gritty, pungent roast accentuate the vinous esters, which itís simply teeming with. Charred wood outlasts the seared malts, and generates a gentle tannic brush of dryness. Oxidation is minimal, but still manages to shorten and dull the vibrant fruitiness and lessen the malt weight, as does the graininess. Meaty molasses pillars the core, but body-bolstering malts fail to accompany it. Graininess thwarts the bright and supple raisin notes, though the weighty molasses never succumbs. Tarry java is perceptible, but mostly buried within the residual sweetness. Despite the omnipresent tacky sweetness, itís still unable to combat the overbearing graininess. Finishes relatively light in body with a lapsing sweetness, largely due to the oxidation, though tangy molasses persists alongside a lingering trail of chalky char and gritty roast. The nose is breathtaking and gives a nod to the Old World versions (well-utilized oakiness and enormously fruity with lots of vinous complexity) and the alcohol is virtually undetectable. But itís overly grainy, sweet, and, although the oxidation is minimal, it detrimentally affects the brightness, malt development, and renders a relatively weightless mouthfeel by compounding the graininess. Still a rock solid rendition.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 Pours out like a bottle of used motor oil. Has a think dark brown head. Aroma is intense roasted malts, brown sugar, and bourbon. Flavor is just as intense with big malts, sweetness and a nice vanilla oaky finish. Outstanding brew.