douglas88 (5472) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2009 500 ml bottle from the Bayou. Pours a pure black color with a tiny beige head. The aroma is awesome; sweet coffee, dark fruits, roasted malt, very fruity. The flavor was really nice; sweet and fruity flavors, prunes, maybe some figs, lots of roasted malts, and the coffee was very well balanced and great. Not overly full of coffee or any particular flavor. A nice slick oily mouthfeel. Had this again; man it is awesome. Lots of fruit.
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a lovely pitch black with a deep brown foam ring and a thin layer of foam. AMAZING aroma - ash, coffee, sweet and boozy. Tastes equally stunning - strong sweet malt backbone with ash and strong coffee, warming alcohol but oh so complex. YUM! Fine carbonation and a creamy body. WOW. This is a stellar beer.
CapnCascade (116) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big black pour, dense brown head with good retention and some lacing. Dry, herbal aroma with some residual sweetness develops espresso, bitter chocolate, ash, parsnip, hint of alcohol. BIg chocolate and coffee flavour with plenty of resinous alcohol and a long, dry finish. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, not at all syrupy, with just a little carbo that balances out nicely. Really one of the best executed Impies I’ve had. Delightful!
ragesaq (70) - Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very thick black and somewhat foamy (ok it was a rough pour) that fades down to a tight dark brown head.
Aroma is dark chocolate/black patent malt with strong notes of espresso.
Flavor is Dark Imperial Stout, with the oatmeal smoothing it down, some coffee/espresso notes, acidity is fairly low which is a good thing.
Mouthfeel is thick, viscous yet smooth. Initially it is a little on the sweet side but heads towards being a little more dry on the finish. Its like drinking velvet.
Overall: The big imperial oatmeal stout flavors combine with a very nice espresso/coffee kick that is lower in acid than many other imperial stouts that have coffee in them. Very nice!
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade with RCL. My 500th rating! Pours a thick chocolate brown with a large thick burnt brown head. Nose is very chocolaty and coffee. Some nice roasted malts too. Flavors of roasted coffee, strong alcohol, dusty malts, and hints of wood and dark dried fruits. Towards the end some nice bitter chocolate and hop flavors appear. Mouth is really full and thick, a bit grainy too. An excellent beer, not sure if it is any better then the Beer Geek Breakfast but still excellent. A little hot and the alcohol gets in the way of some flavors. I was hopping for a little more WOW with my 500th rating but still nothing really wrong.
SrSilligoose (3090) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2009 poours black with a quickly diminishing tan head. coffee, creamy finish. sweet, coffee. for the money can find a better beer.
altonbrownd (4586) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bierkoning. Wow! Dark brown body with thick wheat head. Nose of bread and coffee. Taste of roasted malts, espresso, caramel and bread. Very oil texture, with a nice kick in the finish. Espresso time! High-quality and thoroughly enjoyable.
iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500mL bottle from Perry’s Liquors for $17.99--that place is way too effing expensive--I don’t think I’ll go back. Clear deep deep mahogany--black in the glass--with a big ass tan head. Lots of roasted malts, coffee, and unsweetened cocoa up front in the aroma. There is also a light caramel/vanilla sweetness. Some tar and pine sap are behind. Was this supposed to be hoppy? Letting it warm up a little bit I can get the oatmeal and some dark chocolate. I go into these highly rated beers wanted to hate them, but damn, so far this is great. The flavor adds the right amount of alcohol and a little soy, but otherwise, much the same--there may be a little bit of smokiness, but I wouldn’t go as far to say campfire. The finish is semi-dry with bitterness at a 4. Big full slick body with light carbonation. Quite the tasty beer, but I don’t need to spend 20 bucks (with tax) on it again. My other bottle is coming back to Iowa.
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque black, medium brown tan head. Holds well in my snifter, with lace forming as the head recedes a little.
Aroma is a complex roasty, chocolatey, nougat-like medley. There’s also an odd, indescribable funky component in there too, though not necessarily a flaw.
On the palate the thick, syrupy body pleases quite well, and canvasses the palate with rich roasty flavors, espresso & espresso crema, and finishes with a pleasant bitterness that is found in the best of espressos.
Finish is thick and rich with flavors of dark roasted coffee beans, almost charred from roasting.
MaltOMeal (1088) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Pours inky black with a nice brown head. Nose is wonderful espresso with cocoa. Taste is coffee and tasty chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium, thinner than expected with carbonation. Very nice brew, but liked Brunch One-for-One better.