Tmoney99 (9598) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2013 Draft. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and smoke aroma. Medium to heavy sweet roasted black coffee malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. My expectations where met.
queenholly (2414) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Sweet smoky caramel malt aroma. Dark brown with a small tan head. Hardwood smoke, sweet caramel, and earthy peaty flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation. Very nice.
shrubber85 (6509) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Smoked meat and dark chocolate malt aroma. Dark chestnut with small head. Sweet smoked ham and caramel malt flavor. Moderately bitter herbal finish. Nicely blended . A pleasure to drink.
Strykzone (4199) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at New Boswell. This arrived pretty much black. A lighter hued tan head that leaves thick lacing. I get a nose full of smoke but a big roasted hit from the first sip. Smokey coffee. Dark chocolate under that. A medicinal syrup effect was not a plus. The finish brings more bitterness from hops. Not the best imperial stput out there.
thedm (4850) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This draft brew from a beer festival poured a medium sized head of frothy tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a opaque brown colored body and a poor lacing. The aroma was vinous and brown malt. The thick mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish mild roasted malt aftertaste. The mild flavor contained notes of roasted malt and brown malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at The Heorot. Pours black with a medium khaki head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of charred malt and dark chocolate. Medium to full body with a smoked malt character and notes of roasted coffee and earthy hops. The finish is smoky with a burnt coffee aftertaste. Decent overall.
neckbracesub (31) - Anderson, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2012
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
As far as imperial stouts go, this is hands-down the worst one I have tried to this point in my beer drinking career. Maybe itís because I cannot warm up to any kind of smokey-tasting beverage or food at all, and that is what New Boswellís Maelstrom is brewed with the most - that smokey-ness. I suppose if you are a fan of drinking a beer that tastes exactly like what eating a smoked piece of ham would taste like then you would enjoy it, but that is not for me. I just cannot understand why they would want to add such an extreme amount of both smokey aroma and after-taste to this stout, because other than that one insanely large drawback it seemed to have a lot going for it.
Unless you are basically obsessed with smokey tasting things, STAY AWAY FROM THIS.