Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 Pours deep brown-black, with a good head. Aroma is surprisingly fruity, with subtle notes reminicent of mandarin, strawberry, and port wine. The latter carries over into the taste, which is nonetheless dominated by roasty, chocolatey flavors. Long, rewarding atertaste. An outstanding imperial stout.
BeerandBlues2 (9356) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at Liquor Max. Pours opaque with an average creamy dark brown head, mostly lasting, fair lacing, glass staining. Aroma is heavy malt (coffee, toasted, cookie), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of prune and alcohol. Full bodied, creamy-sticky texture, average carbonation and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity and bitterness; heavy roasted chocolate malt, toasted, raw floral hop flavor.
waolsen (1353) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. midnight black pour with big frothy tan head that fades a bit but last throughout. beautiful looking beer. aroma of dark fruit, mollasses, chocolate, sugar, floral hops, vanilla and oak. nice roasted quality. rich full body. similar to the porter but fuller. rich chocolate. coffee that remains steady through long lasting bitter finish. roasted malts and fig. wonderful.
jimhilt (2387) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a five+ finger brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Totally black color. Licorice nose. Light carbonation and very heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet licorice and hints of burnt coffee. Nice beefy imperial stout. Slight bitter finish. $8.00 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a deep black color with a small dark brown head. Aroma is of your typical impy stouts. Flavor is very much the same. I liked this brew. I also like the name and label. Overall this is a great impy stout.
Beaver (1264) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16.9 oz bottle. Pours an opaque black with a small dark brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin film.
The aroma is burnt roasted chocolate malts, grains, anise and some alcohol.
The flavor is some lactic chocolate followed by anise and a big sticky burnt bitterness with a little residual sweetness. As it warms, some coffee notes come out. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full and slightly watery.
Overall, this is a decent big impy stout. It’s a little too much on the charred side for me.
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Bottle. Ratebeer Christmas in Oshawa, December 2007. Black body with a nice khaki head (4+). Roast aroma with smokey undertones, and green hops in the background. Muted hints of anise? (7+) In the flavour there is a light acidity to the roast malt, over a sweet malty foundation in the middle. The mild acidity lingers in the finish and aftertaste with chocolate undertones. (7+) Medium palate (3+). Pretty solid. 8/5/7/4/16-17
<P>May 2007. Bottle. Black body with a huge tan head (4+). Acidic roast aroma, light musty damp sawdust notes, light woody touches, lots of burnt malt. Sweet malted milk notes under the acidic roast malt of the flavour. Hints of mocha, dark chocolate and light coffee bitterness in varying degrees. Medium smooth palate. (3+) Solid, but a touch more acidic than I would like for a repeat performance.
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2007 Bottle (500ml). Oh, lord, that’s a fine-looking beer - oily black, red around the edges, huge brown head, very active - lovely. Aroma - oily, burnt roast caramel malt, coffee, chocolate, figs, raisins, sour cherry, lactose - all the good stuff, complex, balanced - yummy. Taste has all the aroma elements in it, is even more roasty and oily - the finish has more bitterness, alcohol and burnt character. Thick, oily, lightly acidic, fairly flat, silky on the tongue - terrific mouthfeel, long but not aggressive finish - truly one of the best-made impies I’ve had in ages, so "together" - outstanding!
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I had trouble picking beer 500 given my lineup lately but this one hit a grand slam for me (baseball lingo). What sets this impy apart is the perfect motor oil coloration, the flavor which seems to have a good dose of bitter hops alongside barley and grains, and the aftertaste has this sweet chocolately layer which invites me back to my glass for more sips. There is some faint acidic almost vinegar flavors in here but they seem to accentuate the aroma and add an almost smoky quality to the mix. Alcohol is well hidden. The roasted malts seem roasted just right so they don’t overdo it.
I love this beer! I’ll have to go back to the Oak Tree Buy Rite for more. Or maybe its time to fly to Norway?
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pours a dark black with a large dark brown head, good lacing. Aroma of espresso, burnt matls, chocolate and dark fruits. Taste has more hops than expected, but quite pleasing and works well with the flavor profile. Palate is full, smooth and creamy. Very nice all the way through, although none too complex.