IrishBoy (3752) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at The Libertine Pub. Nose is chocolate, expresso, and a hint of char. Black with a big heavy lacing beige head. Flavor is chocolate, expresso, white pepperiness, and light bitterness.
SlovakSniper (2810) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Une robe brune foncée. Un anneau de mousse. Quelques traces restent collées sur mon verre. Le nez montre des effluves de réglisse grillée, de friandise chocolatée, d’herbes et de terre avec des noix rôties et du café froid. Le goût montre aussi des céréales et des noix rôties avec un alcool perçant, du chocolat épicé et des touches oxydées. En bouche, le liquide a un corps moyen-faible avec une effervescence assez forte et une texture incertaine. En finale, les saveurs projetées sont chaudes, âcres et métalliques. Pas mauvais mais pas extraordinaire non plus.
dslam (22) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pored from a 6 oz bottle. Extremely dark with some beige head. Smooth to the sip and flavourful on first contact. Coats the mouth with a very light film and a lasting taste. Not bitter at all, and fairly easy to drink. Here is my dilemma, it is not as heavy as one would expect from an imperial stout, which makes nice to drink with a hearty meal and gives you the taste you would be looking for. However, if you want a stout to replace your meal and fill you up, this is the wrong beer. Since I am eating right now, I am going to say good job Ninkasi, for making an imperial stout for the taste and without the bulk.
pictoman (366) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle. Brownish black with tan head. Roast malt, mild sweet, mild bitter. Overall pretty average. Medium body.
DTM (780) - Winters, California, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Bevmo in Vacaville, CA. Nice Imp stout with all the usual flavors. Medium bodied brew with hints of chocolate. Biggest con was a lingering sweet aftertaste, Overall a decent beer.
LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a thin tan film atop.
Aroma: chocolate like malt, herbal hops, anise.
Taste: Bitter chocolate-like roast, spicy herbal hops, black dark roast coffee, semi sweet chocolate. Lingers.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied lively carbonation.
Overall: One of the most smooth Imperial Stouts I’ve ever had. Not that I mind an impy with some sharp bitterness and sharp roast, this was a pleasant change of pace for me. Solid offering.
manisthebeer (240) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
smells very dark chocolate like or bitter pours hella black with a sweet slightly bitter smelling head taste is smooth rich and sweet but also bitter from the hops it is a very well balanced stout good job guys
jrob21 (2351) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle smuggled back from San Diego. Aroma is intense bittersweet coffee. Flavor is surprisingly smooth with a little bit of vanilla and light purple fruits. Followed up by the roasty coffee malt flavors. Finish is long with a bittersweet coffee tinge. Enjoy the couple of flavors I am getting but the complexity and body does not compare to many of the big boys here.
HughConway (745) - Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle. Pour’s dark black, tan head. Slight roast nose, clear roast chocolate taste, nice finish. An imperial porter, not thick enough for a stout.
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
07-Jan-14 (22-oz bottle, part of Ninkasi Variety 4-Pack: Purchased 12-Dec-11 for $14.99 at BevMo in San Diego/Mira Mesa, CA)
Damn, what a difference two years makes. This has been cellared for two years and compared (almost) back to back with a fresh bottle, and this beer is so much more enjoyable to me. It pours a black body with an inch of tan head that settles to a creamy, unbroken sheet and tall ring, leaving ringed and spotty lacing on the glass. The highly aromatic nose is wonderfully malty, with aromas of buttered toast, toffee, caramel, molasses, chocolate, and prune. It’s just as yummy on the palate too, with delicious flavors of buttered, moderately toasted bread, chocolate, prune, raisin, caramel, maple syrup, and toffee. It’s full bodied but not heavy or syrupy, the carbonation is moderate, and the beer is very smooth and well balanced on the palate. Overall, this is a really nice beer. I’m still not sure it’s an Imperial Stout, but comes across more like a strong Foreign Stout. Unless they’ve changed the recipe in the last two years, though, I find this beer to be considerably more enjoyable with some cellaring. (8, 4, 8, 4, 17 = 4.1)
04-Jan-14 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 04-Jan-14 for $5.99 at The Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in San Diego, CA)
This beer pours a dark brown body that’s not opaque except through the center. The tan head pours to about an inch before receding to a wide ring and dusty sheet, leaving spotty lace on the glass. The nose is oddly floral, spicy, and candy-like, with aromas of sweet, almost sugary malt, dark roast, licorice, dried fruit, On the palate, it’s big and malty, but doesn’t seem to fit the typical Imperial Stout profile. Perhaps that’s the heavy use of hops, giving the beer a floral and herbal character. The malty base is very sweet, with roasty flavors that are moderately bitter. There’s also a strong flavor of licorice candy. It’s full bodied, but part of the weight seems to come from the sugary. In fact, the sweet to bitter balance tilts decidedly toward the sweet side, so while it’s not cloying, it’s getting there. Carbonation is light-medium. Overall, this is just an odd Imperial Stout. The fact that Ninkasi doesn’t call it an Imperial Stout per se, but a "High Gravity" stout might be telling. Nevertheless, as far as bigger, higher alcohol stouts go, this one is middle of the road at best. (7, 3, 6, 3, 13 = 3.2)