Oscbert (1210) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
~Sweet chocolate aroma with roast, prune like fruitiness
~Pours pitch black with big thick frothy tan head that last.
~Chocolaty bready flavor with coffee like roastiness. Earthy hop bitterness. Surprisingly well balanced for an imperial stout.
~Medium full bodied with low medium CO2, lingering roast finish.
~This is really drinkable and smooth. Dangerous beer. Im drinking it somewhat quickly. Going to hit me hard. Fine with me, my family is driving me nuts.
joelwhite (32) - - JAN 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The Ninkasi Imperiale with the beautiful label had a nice balance between mealtimes and hopiness. We cheered this one to Jeff, the birthday boy.
thb (796) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black in the glass, but surprisingly light in colour as itís being poured. Light brown inch of foamy head. Aroma is toast, cocoa, and...soap? Have a sip and itís char, chocolate. Really dry for the style. And bitter, bitter. Excessive carbonation takes away from the experience.
Ernest (7114) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, roasted grain), with a note of vanilla.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Not much going on in the nose, just the usual stout aromas of chocolate, roast, and vanilla. Pretty syrupy sweet in the mouth, with just barely enough bitterness to make it drinkable. Kinda sloppy and simple overall, but there are certainly worse examples.
stevoj (3531) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Albertsons. Pours out black with a creamy dark beige head. Body seems a little watery, aroma a nice mixture of roast grains and chocolate, taste echoes the aroma with accents of wood, nutmeg and vanilla. Abrupt finish, little alcohol warmth.
That1Guy (2181) - Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber pours brownish black with a tan head that doesnít stick around. Aroma is roasty, maybe some earthiness, and a bit of soy sauce. Flavor is light roast, some coffee, slightly bitter finish. Pretty watery for a impy. Drinkable but lackluster.
pintbypint (3222) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #2700. 650ml brown bottle. Deep dark brown in colour, thin beige head, nice lace rings and sticky foam in the glass. Aromas of roast and bitter chocolate. Taste has dark chocolate, roast, bit of sweeter chocolate notes in there as well. Good bitter roasted notes. Medium length finish with lingering hops, and big roast. Medium to full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a good imperial stout, but nothing here is really blowing me away.
patricks110 (2354) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark, opaque black with a huge mass of light beige head. The head dies slowly leaving a few creamy looking rings on the glass. The nose is roasted heavily with notes of dark chocolate, oats, earthen malts and hops. A robust bitterness at the forefront with light chocolate and dark fruit notes. Rich and medium to heavy in the body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. A bit of a let down with an underwhelming flavour in the finish and mild hop bitterness. Overall, a good brew but a boring Imperial Stout.
VertBaconStrips (2273) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
After some bits n bites and microwaved frozen indian food i figure i may as well say the hell with doing anything productive. Unless my nose stopped working Iíd say this has very little aroma beyond a very nice rich roast and iím not about to spend precious time figuring this out when I have rotting in front of a computer to do. I want to be able to actually see the aroma coming off of my imperial stout like a mirage. Maybe itís the Napalm Death that is crushing my senses. Very good appealing flavour with zillions of molecules of yummo roast, supporting sweetness, chewed out chocolate bitterness, dull orange, ultra light pepperish heat, and whatever else. A lightweight should not demolish a full bottle of this in 23 minutes at 11pm. Solid brew. Quite smooth and highly drinkable at a fast rate. Smell comes around. I blame this stupid ass Leffe glass - I may as well review this out of my catís mouth. I see a litre of Bryers in my immediate future.
williamherbert (1449) - Syracuse, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate brown, with a surprising thinness in the edges. A root beer float worth of brown, pockmarked head.
Aroma is oily, plum-heavy, chalky charcoal. The stone fruit aroma is heavy and excellent. Notes of dusty cocoa, sweet milk chocolate. The resinous hop is very slight but adds a nice accent. There is a sweet cherry as well. Very complex nose.
The malts are purely burnt, the black bottoms of a cookie baked 10 mins too long. There is a plum/raisin component, an earthy dark fruit.
The feel is soft and creamy. Itís a very good imperial stout, and one that is surprisingly sweet to balance the burnt malts.