hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours deep dark black, with a thinnish, bubbly, brown head that doesnít fade. wonderful deep roasted malt aroma, with a lot of coffee character, and a ton of bitter chocolate backing it all up. some hop character in the smell as well, but itís completely overpowered by the malts. good times! the taste is straight up roasty goodness, with the chocolate notes more subdued, but kicking in at the end. light spicy hop note (sort of like what i always seem to get from cascade) adds to the goodness. thick as all get-out and silky smooth, quite full in the body (its personal ad would call it "curvy"), with a solid bitterness to challenge the malt sweetness, and some light warming. really quite good. best beer iíve had out of a can? yeah. i like my stouts roasty and this one delivered that and more.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very black, opaque pour with a brown head. The initial taste is that of a dark chocolate. As you continue, the hop flavors step out and mix with the chocolate malt flavor. Nice beer.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black, looks like the spent oil from a diesel engine, albeit thinner. Creamy cocoa colored, tight bubbled head. Thin sheet of lace coats the side of the glass. Big hops aroma. Iím catching mostly grapefruit, Hints of dark malt and chocolate, but otherwise a PNW imperial stout. Somewhat oily in feel, but the alcohol in the finish makes it seem thinner. Sweet flavors with dark chocolate, lightly roasted malts, and sweet espresso. The hops are not nearly as prevalent in the flavors with just a mild zest kick in the middle to finish. Some charcoal and oak in the middle as well. This does get smoother as it warms. Still a touch of alcohol in the late finish. Linger is quite bitter with roasted and black malt. Good stuff. Certainly the best imperial stout in a can that I have had.
Aurelius (4445) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 Rating No. 2400. Roast chickory, nuts and lightly fruity aroma -- artificial watermelon? I didnít really enjoy the aroma, which Iím sure drags this brew down in my Pantheon of Cerveza. Bad can, pours like spent motor oil, maybe darker. Micro-fine tan head. Sipping this, I have a feeling akin to having had my wallet lifted. I donít know if Iíve been shot, smurfed or snakebit. Smoooooth. Very smooth - harmonious, but thereís a lot going on. Bitter enough, but itís masked. The ABV is certainly masked. Only quibbling flaw is that itís a tad astringent. Finish is bitter with parched cereal. Extremely good. Market Square Liquors.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from can. This was black in color with very fine brown bubbles that dissipate quickly. The nose is quite hoppy with grapefruit clearly poking out along with dark chocolate. The grapefuit edge makes this very strange for me. There is more of the same in the mouth with the grapefruit, sour cherry and dark chocolate lingering to a bitter finish.
HenrikSoegaard (10980) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Creamy brown excellent fully lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and hoppy aroma. Heavy bitter flavor, vanila, coffee and chocolate notes. Long nice bitter finish. Creamy palate. Excellent beer.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Pours completely opaque black with smallish tan head. The aroma is prune, chocolate, espresso, black cherry, and red wine. The flavor is mostly bitter chocolate, but there is a very assertive espresso tone as well. There is also a sweet maltiness and lots of dark fruits. The finish has a fair amount of bitterness to it, in a somewhat tannic way that eventually comes across as earthy. Alcohol comes out in the aftertaste. This is quite good, and Iím enjoying it more with every sip.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. I always pay quite a bit of attention to the color of Imperial Stouts when I pour them. Up until now Expedition has been the blackest beer Iíve ever seen but I think this just surpassed it. Just crazy dark black. A nice brown head has retention for a minute then fades to a small sheet. Aroma is candy, taffy, some subtle milk chocolate and a discernable hop presence. Unique smell for an Imperial Stout. As it warms a roastiness becomes apparent as well as rum raisins and maybe a touch of alcohol. Taste is very smooth, dry and bitter. Silky smooth, velvety mouthfeel though a tad watery. Iíve heard a lot of people call this astringent and I donít pick up any of that. This is pretty good but I donít think itís a top notch Imperial.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow is this stuff dark. Pours pitch black with a thick 1-finger tan head that quickly dissipates with a little lacing. Damn fine looking beer. Strong roasty aroma of primarily chocolate with coffee to compliment. A hint of hops and alcohol starts to emerge as it warms up. Quite a bit going on in this one. Chocolate and coffee dominate the initial taste, but a couple more sips bring out some caramel and molasses. Taste seems to evolve as the beer warms a bit. Quite nice actually. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel - completely coats the mouth and sticks around a while. A little bit of a dry roasted finish which is surprising given the thick, syrupy nature of the beer. The bitterness lingers a bit along with the chocolate. Very drinkable and well balanced for a big stout.
patrick767 (3672) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled at DLD - It seems appropriate that the beers people brought to share at DLD were heavy on the big, dark porters and stouts. Hereís another fine example. Pours thick and black with a very small tan head. It has the expected aroma of dark roast malt, coffee, and maybe some chocolate. The flavor is similar with enough hops to keep up with the huge amounts of malt. This full bodied brew is very tasty, but not quite on the level I was expecting given the ratings and my love for impy stouts.