aracauna (3030) - Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, but not opaque. The head is a light khaki that takes a while to fade. The aroma is surprisingly hoppy, some sort of c-hop dominant. Good coffee and dark chocolate. Good mix of fresh hop flavor and roasty malt flavors. Yum.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewpub. dark, dark brown, red around the edges. Almost opaque. Brown head that laced the glass. Attractive flowery hop nose. Light roasty malt flavor dominated by perfumy tasting hops. Good stout.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Sunspot Restaurant in Knoxville. Very black in the glass with a frothy tan head that mostly lasted and left good lacing. Sweet malt aroma. The flavor was of chocolate, coffee, roasted, and a slight hoppy bitter. Medium to full body that leaves a slight bitter aftertaste.
NachlamSie (2721) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2008 draught. This is even better than I remember. The pour is fairly black with a tall tan head. Nice strong aroma with dark roasted coffee, smoke, raisins, and hickory. This hickory presence is so strong in the flavor it makes me question whether or not the recipe actually includes it. Mouthfeel is pretty coating. A flat wall of bittersweet dark chocolate lingers with a cutting hop presence. It doesn’t reach the level of a huge imperial stout. It’s more like a huge regular or perhaps a dry stout. Very good anyway.
[August 4, 2008]
On tap at UJ’s .Pours very dark, near black with an everlasting tan head. The aroma is heavily roasted, almost burned smelling. Hints of espresso, bacon, hickory, dark chocolate are present. THe mouthfeel is quite reasonable, sticky and full but not huge. The flavor brings more bittersweet qualities of espresso, soy sauce, dark chocolate, and a meaty, ashy finish. This is delightful. I disagree with the imperial stout classification here. Definitely reminds me of something along the lines of Shakespeare stout or Kalamazoo stout. Quite good.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a black body with red tinting topped by a thick head and a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty, yet bitter, hoppy and slightly roasty. Full bodied, slightly dry and smooth.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body with a light tan head. The aroma was roasted nuts and some coffee with chocolate. Taste of strong roasted coffee and and a little milk chocolate. The aftertaste lingers. Thin body for an impy stout, more like a dry.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sampled at the ’05 noogfest from a small ’barrel’. This tasted a lot more like an a dry/irish stout than an imperial. Very roasty.
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black appearance with a beige head. The flavor was loads and loads of coffee with some dark chocolate in the background. The aftertaste was very dry. Sampled from a coffee pot at the Clarion.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly opaque black-brown hue with a rich, creamy, brown head. Roasty, roasty, roasty, with some chocolate and anise. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderatley acidic, moderately bitter finish. Did I mention roasty? Medium-full body, creamy, moderate carbonation. The bottom line is: one of the best dry stouts I’ve had that isn’t listed as a dry stout...
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the 6/2005 ‘Nooga gathering. Poured from a mini-barrel/keg thing. Very dark. Opaque, with a frothy off white/brown head. I noted molasses, wood, and perhaps some soy or brinyness in the aroma. Had a creamy mouth feel that quickly evolved to a tannin/wood like mouth feel. The flavor had wood, burnt malt, coffee. Minimal aftertaste other than a lightly bitter coffee/malt hint. Not at all unpleasant but NOTHING like any other imperial stout I’ve had. This is a straight stout or a dry stout.