GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber courtesy of WriterLJBerg poured into a tulip.
Glad I perused the reviews on this one before opening as this one was a massive gusher, with a pour that produced a head bigger than the body of the beer. And it didnít go anywhere for a while.
The aroma is heavy with dark roasted malts and bakers chocolate. There are additional sweet smells, like licorice and dark fruits, and a surprisingly big wood character with hints of bourbon.
The taste is dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and bakers chocolate. The finish is surprisingly dry and roasted with a heavy oak character that I wasnít expecting. It leaves a lingering, almost metallic, bitterness thatís a little off-putting, but not a complete deal-breaker.
The mouthfeel seems too light for an impy stout with the overdone carbonation probably contributing to that.
I was worried this one might be infected when the carbonation blew up on me, but it seems to be a case of over-carbonation more than anything. Itís got decent flavor but the mouthfeel holds this one back from being a top stout. Good but not great.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nothing special here. An average stout. Barrel aging adds nothing. You can find a version of this beer at any local liquor store. Very average.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Full Throttle Bottles. I donít think my glass is very conducive to pouring a decent beer...damn. Nice chocolate head with a black body. Didnít have a viscous pour, but still looks pretty good. Sharpy bourbon/whiskey aroma, with a wood backing. Not really much of a roast, chocolate, or coffee aroma. The bourbon, to me, just overrides everything else, but I like it. Wow, this beer is way too carbonated for an imperial stout. Doesnít have that creamy smoothness. Not saying it doesnít have a nice wood and bourbon flavor/aroma, but the friggin carbonation. There is some roast and chocolate going on in the flavor, but the carbonation and bourbon just cut right into it.
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour came out a bit frothy, I tried pouring as slow as possible down the glass but this thing just wouldnt stop foaming. Eventually I ended up with a dark cola like liquid with a 2 inch head. Sticky, thick, and lots of lacing. The nose was oak, roast, vanilla, chocolate. The taste was the same with hints of some smoke at the end. I didnít get any bourbon taste out of this though. Great stout from Pike. Cheers!
djd07 (3584) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a very dark brown almost black with a large tan head that lasts awhile leaving good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong roast, oak and alcohol and dark fruit. Thin mouthfeel with a smokey wood flavor with a very smokey dry finish. Alcohol present but not too overpowering. A very good stout from Pike.
mmmbeer (1241) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle served in shaker- mispoured and ended up with one finger of a solid black liquid and a solid 4 inch foamy tanish brown head that refused to leave, hearty lacing. Medium carbonation, aroma of oak, vanilla, dark roasted malt, and majickal beer goodness. Hits the mouth with a hearty and heavy body, malt was masterfully roasted- damn near perfect, smoke, oak, and dark chocolate in the middle, finish has hearty lingering with vanilla, cream, and the warmth that comes from the color black. Very creamy throughout, and I canít notice the alcohol level at all. Now get that finger up, wave it around... HOME RUN!!!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bomber, aged about a year. Pours nearly black, dark cola-mahogany in hue. A small, frothy head of chocolate milk colored foam leaves sticky ribbons of lacing behind. The aroma shows a malt base of dark chocolate and burnt caramel, with notes of smoky molasses and hints of toffee. Vanilla comes through from the barrel, as does a sweet bourbony warmth. Flavors follow suit, quite sweet for a stout, loaded with molasses and caramel. The dry cocoa lends some earthiness, but the sweet oak and vanilla prove overly saccharine. Medium-full, sweet, and sticky, the light carbonation is nice, but itís just too boozy and sugary. Good, but far from great.
bhensonb (11074) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Liquid Solutions. Pours black with a 5-finger creamy/foamy/clingy dark tan head. Aromas of chocolate and wood. Medium plus body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is oak, chocolate, burnt malt, and arguably vanilla. Or something. Really mouthsmacking. No heat. It just seems to get more chocolaty with time. Quite tasty. Seems to be alive. Seems to oscillate between oak and chocolate. Just canít get "bourbon" though.
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Let me get two annoyances out of the way: First, the wax coating over the bottle cap was very difficult to remove. Second, Iíve never seen a more explosive head--it overflowed my 24 oz glass and the bottle at the same time.
Needless to say, there was a huge, beige head that settled slowly. Some chunky lace.
Smells of dark chocolate and brandy.
The taste is rich, but the body is not. Strong alcohol warmth to the swallow. Again, dark chocolate with a cognac-like touch of raspberries and strawberries. The aftertaste is like unsweetened cocoa. Thereís also a bit hop spiciness in the background.
I like the complexity but it good use a fuller body to get to great status.
acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, thick black pour with dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, oak and coffee. Very bitter chocolate flavor with notes of wood and coffee.