Brigadier (2975) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle
Having sat on this for a while I felt like rating #1050 was as good a time as any to crack open a world class imperial stout. At $15.99 I was not going to just pop it open for the heck of it. I was not disappointed; in fact I almost wish I had another bottle. If it weren’t for the huge backlog of Top 200ish beers to sample I’d buy another tomorrow.
Aroma / Appearance - Thick and creamy the oily fluid soaks up every ounce of light. A deep khaki head graced the top like a sheet of thick icing on a dark cupcake. Roasted expresso, licorice, coffee, baker’s chocolate, smoke, and maple syrup kept alternating in a thick cloud that could have been admired for days.
Flavor / Palate - Warming the mouthfeel fills every crevice with a full combination of coffee, rich thick creamy chocolate, anise, and liquid fudge. The plum aftertaste marks the beer that leaves a definite impression on the senses. Also present is a dry smoke like the bottom of a cool fire. Overall this has no flaws and should rank right up there with other excellent imperial stouts such as Dark Lord and Darkness.
hayduke (3369) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 28, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I finally got my hands on a few bottles of this very interesting beer and it just happens to be rating number 1,400. It poured a very glossy black with a small brown head with big bubbles that quickly faded leaving a greasy lacing on the glass. The nose is coffee, ripe fruit, and alcohol. It sort of takes your breath away. The mouthfeel is thick and oily, but very smooth. The flavor is rich malts with some hops and of course that trademark civet droppings for that coffee flavor. The finish is long and bitter and alcoholic. This is a remarkable beer if you like really rich imperial stouts.
decaturstevo (5015) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hugh dark black/brown pour with creamy brown head and lace. Aroma is coffee with a slight hint of ass:). Flavor of burnt coffee, abv, and roasted malt. Nice subtle bitter finish. Mouthfeel and carbonation are very good. A beer that says coffee and so much more.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, with Alaskanwarren, Aaron, Traci. Black and shiny pour, fine ruddy tan bubbles. Aroma is a whirlwind of venison jerky, chocolate biscuits (in the British sense), blackberries, kosher red wine. Chocolate, port and smokey charcoal flavor. Sweet enough to leave a sticky film on my teeth, almost enough tarry roast to offset the sugar. There is a lot of bluster and noise to this beer, but no poetry.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1pt .9fl oz bottle. Pours a lighter shade of black body with a thin, fizzy, brown head that dissipates immediately. Leaves the surface looking like a whispy, cirrus cloud. The lacing on the glass is a lovely and delicate waterfall of oily brown. The aroma is straight weasel poo...seriously...The coffee is noticeable, but is more acidic than most coffee stouts. It doesn’t really jump out at me like I was expecting, but rather accompanies the rest of the aromas nicely. A soft roast, sharp berries, acidic citrus, and a light astringent booze make up the majority of the remaining aromas. Some rich chocolates and dry wood find room in here as well. The flavor is right up my alley. Starts out with loads of chocolate and malts. Moves into some citrus, berries, and light acidic coffees before exploding in the finish. The citrusy hops really jump out at the end along with a light burnt roast and mild coffee. Stays somewhat acidic and dry. The booze creeps its way in during the finish as well and has a nice warmth on the way down. Lots of hops in the aftertaste along with tons of chocolate. Palate is medium bodied and extremely silky. Loaded with flavors, but really glides through the palate. Overall, a fantastic beer. The coffee works with the rest of the beer rather than the rest of the beer trying to catch up with the coffee. Excellent balance and palate. One of my new all-time faves!
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
3/18/2009: Beer Geek Brunch Weasel Poop has a rich, deeply roasty aroma. It does not overtly scream "coffee" which is good. There is just a mere hint to whet the appetite. The flavor is moderately dry and complex. It has a deep roastiness and a great mocha characteristic. It is very rich and smooth paired with an equally rich and creamy mouthfeel. This is a great coffee beer. The coffee is there, but it doesn’t dominate. That’s the way it should be. The other flavors are well-integrated and I really like the dark chocolate dimension. JCW says "Good shit!" and I completely agree!
500 ml bottle shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad. I appreciate it! Rating #295 for this beer.
douglas88 (6019) - 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 (71) - 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!