raiderfost (170) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
After waiting a long time to get hold of this one (thanks for getting this in Kevin) Id have to say very upsetting. Not nearly the beer i have been reading about in the reviews.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A very black, very thick imperial stout with a massive hop finish that leaves lingering roughness.
Assuming its impy state with a thick, chewy palate. Pretentious can. Pitch Black, very dark head.
Rough hoppiness. Very dry finish appearing out of nowhere, suddenly demolishing the roast and lingering with a rubber/plastic flavour. Was that phenols or just hoppy/roasty exuberance? Either way, a punishment on the tongue - like Iím out of the dentist, staying miles away from the usually americanized, yet diplomatic Oskar Blues offerings. No fruitiness whatsoever, rather simplistic.
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Wealthy oatmeal bulks up the dark chocolate, raisins and nutty coffee beans, leading to a firm roasted bitterness for a chewy and highly pleasurable Imperial Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A darkened sheet of foam tops the light-sucking black hole.
-Black currant-like (or raisins) fruitiness is found within.
-Wooden hoppiness teams up with the roasted malts throughout.
-The body is a great feature on this one; heavy but malleable, providing nourishment yet remaining drinkable for its size.
-I love that biscuity oatmeal character in Imperial Stouts!
DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on draft at Fatheads. Beautiful dark brownish black. Good aroma with a lot of roasted malt and hops. Big roasted flavor with strong hops. Something different from a stout. love this beer.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First, the story. I had received a can of the first canned batch of this from my Secret Santa. I stashed it away in the basement until the time seemed right. That night, while watching Lost In Translation, I started sipping on a wonderful beer. Unfortunately I ended up finding Stoutworm, a crazy sediment thing. I posted a picture of what I had found on Ratebeer and someone (it turned out it was Dale) from the brewery got in touch with me quickly, apologized and asked if they could somehow replace it. Awesome customer service, I declined - strange things happen. No huge deal & I knew I would come across a can at some point in the future
Fast forward a couple of months. Mike (swoopjones) from Coleís contacts me and lets me know that Dale is going to be in town for dinner. Mike asks if I want to come out to meet him. I think itíd be fun to meet someone who makes great beers and having more or less forgotten about the stoutworm I head out the door to Coleís. On the walk over I remember what happened and wonder if this guy Iím meeting will know about it.
I get to Coleís & Mike introduces me around the table before I sit down. As Iím sitting down Mike says "Tell Dale who you are." So I say something like "I donít know if you saw it, but I started a thread on Ratebeer - I found this thing in my Ten FIDY..." which gets the response "Holy Shit! Youíre the guy! Iíve gotta take your picture. My brewers arenít going to believe me that I met you!" Much good natured ribbing ensued.
Dale is a great guy. A bunch of us hung out at Coleís for hours, talking & drinking good beer. I walked home with a replacement can of Ten FIDY (which this rating is based on.) So Dale, Thanks. I appreciate it. Hope that my soutworm post didnít cause you too much of a headache. Keep making great beers and Iíll keep being a loyal customer (and recommending your beers to friends!)
Black, tan/ruby head with nice lacing. Nose is espresso & burnt malt, aggressive hops. Alcohol is noticeable but not overly so. Burnt fruits - Iím thinking of some kind of glaze that got slightly torched. Cocoa as well. Flavor is sweet toffee at first, quickly followed by those hops & slightly burnt malt. There is a bit of a bitter chocolate milk thing going on here. More of that heavily roasted fruit going on too. cocoa comes out more in the finish (which goes on forever) Very, very nice.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, of course. Aroma of cocoa and cardboard. Swirling brings out anise and some woodsy notes, but itís hard to get past that cardboard. Fortunately, the flavor is all goodness: rich cocoa, bitter espresso, dry earth, and smoke. A light metallic tinge keeps the flavor from being a 10. Somewhat thick on the palate, but not as creamy as I expected.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a black color with a medium mocha head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, cardboard, and some alcohol. Taste is rich is chocolate and earthiness. The palate ruins this for me......just too damn bitter for a Stout.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can: Courtesy of renhed. Black and thick as the depths of hell on the pour which finished to a minimal tan head. Very interesting woodsy tone throughout this along with some brown sugar, roasted malts and dark chocolate. I love the body on this...ever-so-slightly dry, yet creamy at the same time. Amazing stuff. Roasted malt flavors with some mexican coffee, silky dark chocolate and a subtle hop earthiness finish to it. Damn fine stuff.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a black color with light brown head. Aroma is of rich choloate, milk sugars and strong roasted coffee. Taste is rich cofee, earth, dark chocolate, milk sugars. I was honestl ley down on this one. While it has its good qualities itís too bitter. It tastes like someone dropped dirt in it. Overall, itís good, but very overhyped.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can courtesy of Colemgm8. Pours a thick crude oil color with a minimal head Ė even with an aggressive pour. No light getting through this stuff. Nice lacing. Nose is dark chocolate, light hops and alcohol. Palate is bitter chocolate, roasted coffee beans with a bitter hop aftertaste. Creamy thick mouth feel. Definitely not a session beer Ė this stuff will kick your ass.