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 ĎNooga 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 Iíve had. This is a straight stout or a dry stout.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First beer of the day out of a mini keg at Noogfest. Aroma of chocolate nd coffee, flavaors much the same along with some nutty creamy undertones. dark chocolate and dry, with the alcohol flavor peeking through
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark dark brown, hinting on black. huge mountain tan head. more malts than hopsin the aroma. weird waxy watery chocolate
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It must be VERY difficult to even contemplate brewing an Imperial in a state that is limited to 6% alcohol. IMHO, get rid of trying to call this a russian imperial and just call it a stout. When you call it a russian imperial, I want to compare it to other imp. stouts like Black Choclate, Storm King, Grantís and Rogue - and that makes this beer score bad - when itís really not a bad stout. Good roasted aroma with hints of berries in the nose. Light bodied and moutfeel is the biggest drawback - very little palate. Nice hop profile and use of roasted malts - but compared to other true imperial stouts, this beer is lacking. On itís own however, itís very good for NC standards.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft. very nice dark color with a tan head. aroma pleasant and inviting with aspects of smokeyness. This beer would have been a great dry stout...but to be classified as Imperial...just not enough oomph...enjoyable a good stout for sure, very roasted sweet but also dry...good
SpringsLicker (3121) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black although the light was too dim to deteremine opacity. Average sized creamy head, that suited a Stout.
Aroma when cold was of dark roast malts and some chocolate. Intensified as it warmed.
The flavor was full and roasty with minimal amounts of sweetness and a long dry finish. As I drank this I thought it must be a Dry Stout. I donít know if I would consider it an Imperial. If the alcohol was there it was completely hidden. Very drinkable and solidly brewed.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice coffee flavored stout. Dark in color and pours nicely from a 5liter jeg.
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2004
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This was a stout that was just lacking all the way around. Overly carbonated and not good quality, it tasted more like a porter. Below average. Jet black body with a head that vanishes in moments, burnt coffee notes. I expected better and recieved less.
ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
really hoppy for a stout. coffee aftertaste that lingers a while. a pretty good imperial stout brewed in NC, the only one i know of actually. you can tell the alcohol is a little lacking since it is probably under 6%. poured from another 5L keg. thick creamy head. good beer
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft sampler at the brewery. This was little watery for me for an imperial stout. If it was a dry stout it would have been better. I was looking for a little more roasty flavor.