hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2010
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bomber with the crappiest commercial label I’ve ever seen. Dark brown pour, color very thin at the edges, minimal white head. Smells like butterscotch coffee. More butterscotch and coffee in the flavor, tastes like it was diluted with water. Thin palate. Could not finish, drain pour. This style can hide flaws due to the complexity of the flavors, but not this example.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2010
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
A completely off bottle whose main quality was its low price at 4.99 a bomber. This bottle bought in Indianapolis in September 2008 displayed flaw after flaw starting with vinegary/tart eggs sulphuriness, a blatant lack of roastiness and a lasting dill finish. Completely off.
MeadMe (1221) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to JW77 for the share.
A: Pours more brown than black with a small head. Very light in color for the style.
S: Notes of roasted malt and light chocolate.
T: Light roast for sure, light dark fruit, light is the key word here.
M: Uber light, not real tasty, not real good to be honest.
D: Pass on it.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared by a generous RB at tpd975’s throwdown in December, 2009. Pours a dark cola brown to black with thin tan head. Aroma is funky with notes of barnyard, chocolate, burnt toast, caramel. Flavor is also funky with notes of sour malt, horseblanket, chocolate, light roast. Generally medium body with a quick, barely noticeable finish. Strange for the style.
Ibrew2or3 (6450) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep amber with thin tan head. The aroma has modest notes of dark fruity esters, some caramel malts and brown sugar. The taste is smooth and very light for the style. I get light notes of dark fruity esters, some mildly roasted malts, earthiness, a bit of caramel malts and an underlining brown sugar like sweetness.
daknole (8333) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
JW77 with the growler. Dark brown, tan head. Aroma is quite roasty and toasty. This beer drinks much more like a standard porter than an imperial stout. Very roasted flavor, thin mouthfeel, and a charred flavor. Not that impressive.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Growler… Cloudy, dark brown ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. The nose is grainy, corny and lightly nutty with a hint of chocolate. Medium to full-bodied and oily with lazy carbonation. The flavor is grainy, but pretty bold – vanilla latte and toffee notes. Finishes mostly sweet, but also provides lingering bitterness. Bottle courtesy of JW77!
jcwattsrugger (10935) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Stout @Tampa Wkly Gathering @tpd975s Thanks JW77-growler-pours a tan head and brown color. Aroma is mild medium/dark malt. Taste is earthy-medium/dark malt.
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured brown. Imperial Stout? Nose was big malts, spicy notes, hints of roast, mild hop aroma. Flavor was toasted malts, bready, hints of spice, pepper. This beer was not a imperial stout by any stretch of the imagination. English brown at best.
sebletitje (6234) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
growler courtesy of jw77
Unusually light for a RIS.
pours dark brown, mocha head.
aroma, got some lactic notes, malts, dark fruits, and what seemed as light xmas style spices.
flavor gives this one some justice, I am still not certain that it’s a true RIS but the flavors were interesting. dark malts, red fruits, malty, hints of spices.