SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pretty solid black color with a pale tan head. Decent retention and moderate size. A little bit of earthy, stale coffee in the aroma. Almost some mushrooms and whisky. Odd. No sweetness or fruit apparent. The flavor is also pretty dry and light for the style. A little earthy smoke and coffee in the finish. Bitterness is moderate to high. Works the dry, roasty stout angle decently but Iíd like to see more malt depth if not more sweetness.
RobertDale (3862) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and some coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and some vanilla. Finish is somewhat bitter. Nice.
dwyerpg (4703) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a pretty solid beer. Beautiful black color with a tan head, this was full-bodied but not too roasty. Good stuff.
Ron (2785) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle during the Superbowl. Poured a tan head on a black body. The aroma has a big dose of roasted malt, black licorice and coffee. The taste delivers on the roasted malt and some pine bitterness. The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation. It has a mixture of roasted maltiness with strong bitter. As it warmed I was able to enjoy the maltiness more. The alcohol was hidden well.
Oscbert (1080) - 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 (30) - - 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 (735) - 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 (6488) - 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 (2489) - 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 (1991) - Greeley, 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 (2750) - 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.