presario (4895) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Big black lactose aroma. BIG black bitter chocolate flavour. Like a black chocolate bar. Earthy, hoppy and malty.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2011 Bottle. Poured into DFH tulip glass a dark black/brown color with a tan head that coasters on top. Strong aroma of hops and roast in the nose along with dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel. Slightly sweet start that quickly turns to a super roasted flavor with a strong flavor of hops. I get it, I understand that this is the point of the beer but the roast and the hops are way over done and not in a good way. Lingering burnt flavor. Unfortunately, this one is bound for the drain for me.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Hoppy Imperial stout. Pours a nice rich deep oily pitch black with an orange glistneing head. Aroma is big pine and minty hops over a big roast and chocolate malt backbone, some light fruity esters, with some blackstrap molassess, and some licorice and tobacco. Flavor is oily, burnt toast, slight smoke, grassy minty pine hops, roasted barley chocolate, candy sugar sweetness in the middle, finish with tobacco, some slight smoke and more green hoppy bitterness. Pretty good- well refined, and not too sweet.
popery (1639) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate and grapefruit pith. This is an interesting beer - you don’t come across super hoppy imperial stouts all that often - but it’s not really an enjoyable beer. The underlying stout seems really nice, but it’s almost completely overshadowed by the citric bitterness of the hops. This is more a problem for the taste; the aroma actually blends nicely and is quite nice. Mouthfeel is a bit astringent. The beer is black with a small tan head.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from a 22 oz bottle from Perry Liquor. The appearance is a beautiful glossy black with a gigantic foamy medium brown head. The aromas are full with rich sweet pine hops with a huge rich roasty malt and chocolate that does a little tango on the nose. The flavors enter with all the medium roasted malts and grain. The chocolate really lingers on the center of the tongue while the grapefruit and pine hop bitterness tickles the edges of your tongue. I had this a touch warmer temperature so that might lead a bit to the true stout flavors being most forward but I really love that that in either case. The hops keep giving and building through the bottle with a sweet grapefruit and kumquat flesh. The mouth is creamy with a carbonated underlay. Wonderfully done hopped up stout.
doublebock (525) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At first smell more like an imperial IPA with sweet pine. Pours dark black with tan head. Ok, now it actually tastes like an imperial IPA. Smooth chewy texture of a porter with port and raisins, . Hoppy resin lasts for a while after the finish.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber; dense black with huge, eggy dark tan head fading slowly; chocolate dough, orange and tangy hops, deep sweet roast; wow, drinks silky smooth very surprisingly low level of bitterness given the heavy hop aromas; when cold, I get a smooth chocolate cream pie win some orange frosting; lovely texture that is kind of light, but full and creamy at the same time; to me the heavy hops give a nice level of sweetness while smoking out any astringency from the stout; the balance here is surprising to me and the result is quite tasty
wavers1 (913) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz, $15. decent imperial stout base with a not very well matching hop profile. not enough fruit and floral notes, too much astringency in the hops. that said, its still a very decent brew, and i see where they were going with it. still drinkable, but keep hoppy stouts on the floral and fruity side. i realize they were breaking thrt mold withthis, but its just not all that great.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured very black, lots of piney and citrus hops, roasted malts, licorice, coffee, little chocolate.
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 7, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
651mL. Pour is an ink black that for some reason is absent from most imperial stouts. The ridiculously oil black pour (probably same base as Berserker) gives birth to an enormous, sheen, rocky, everlasting coffee/mocha head. Aroma is heavy on fresh espresso, bacon, smoke, dark chocolate. Taste is coffee and roast heavy with 100+ IBU bitterness. It is possible this is 150-200 IBUs, but you could never tell the difference. Big dark chocolate, bitter coffee, burnt character. Surprisingly easy on the palate rather than brash and sadistic. Almost reminds me of oatmeal stout for a quick second. Overall the body is more like an Imperial Porter, though this difference is hard to describe in normal terms. Actually was loved by some non beer geeks I shared it with.