Ernest (5889) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught, Avery Strong Ale Fest 2006.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (burnt grain, chocolate), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with notes of alcohol and wood.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Hwarrrrf. A harsh Old Rasputin-like brew that was neither a joy to smell nor drink.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the 4th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Beer appeared to be an opaque, dark brown-black color with a small, creay, off-white head. The aroma was heavily malty with notes of roasted grain and coffee, light notes of chocolate; hoppy with heavy notes (for Stout) of herbs, resin/pine and grapefruit; lightly yeasty with notes of basement, dough and sweat; moderate miscellaneous note of green olive. The flavor was moderately sweet, lightly bitter with a long, lightly bittersweet finish. The body was medium-to-full, the texture was velvety and the carbonation was soft.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep and dark brown-black with a dark tan head. Chewy texture. Rich, very chocolaty, and nicely roasted. Had a "Belgian-yeasty" quality to it that I really liked. Curiously drying in the finish. Very tasty impy.
Ratman197 (8484) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a nearly opaque reddish black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee and a hint of licorice. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate and vanilla with a smooth lingering bittersweet finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottled sample shared by Eric at Steves place a while ago. Luckily I found my notes for this one. I got the bottom of the bottle, so there were lots of yeasties floating around, but it was still magnificent. Deep dark black and a thin tan head and nice lace. Lots of roasted barley, coffee, chocolate and a nice sweet aroma. Very thick and sweet taste with chocolate, toffee, lots of roasted barley and balanced very well with hops, and leaves a nice clean bitter finish. Very smooth overall.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour oily, inky, opaque black into a Stone RIS snifter. Ampel brown head, mostly lasting, left good lacing. Kick ass American hop aroma blended with roast, dark chocolate and espresso. The aroma carry over to the flavor along with dried dark fruit and an eye opening bitterness. Oily slick and a touch chewy. This one reminds me a lot of Yeti, but absolutly is it own beer. Thanks for sharing Mike.
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 Enjoyed with tjthresh; served in a Expedition snifter:
The pour was basically opaque with a small but lasting beige head and some oily film that has a sticky lace.
The nose detected a fresh hops, pepper, and clove tone backed by lots of chocolate and burnt malts with some prune and plum background. A light phenolic vapor and even some earthy almost woody esters.
The flavor was an outstanding mix of heavy sweet malts and bitter fruity hops with a licorice and coffee snap in full supporting roles. The finish is bitter for sure but a nice dulling smoke and spice undertone kept it under control, outstanding balance and complexity!
The palate was oily and lush yet never overbearing or alcoholic. So smooth for something so large, nice job!
This rocks, an underrated Impy, who knew!
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draft: Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA) This is a big, roasty, bitter Imperial Stout, straight forward, no surprises, just damn good. Lots of yeasty flavor, quite sweet, some smokiness. Alcohol seems evident as well, but certainly not overwhelming. Hops seems to die in the finish, leaving lots of sweet and roasty malts that tend to get just a touch cloying after awhile. Full bodied and lightly carbonated. Roasty, sweet, yeasty nose. Deep, dark brown in color but not quite black, but itís a typical sunny San Diego day outside so itís pretty bright in here. Tall, dark tan head slowly settles to a wide ring while leaving patchy lacing on the glass. Overall, a really nice Imperial Stout, but with the somewhat unrestrained sweetness in the finish, this beer falls a bit short of the elite of the style.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handbottle Oil slick black pour with barely any carbonation, and only a thin trasparent edge along the sides of my snifter glass. Light aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, and some earthy tones as well. Rather smooth and gentle to the nostrils, not overly gripping. Flavors are soft and supple and dripping with silky chocolate. A touch of a charcoal smack at the finish. Rather simple and uncomplex overall, but I enjoy it more than my rating shows. Most notable achievement: chocolate tones are sweet and milky, not the typical bittersweet cocoa found in many imperial stouts.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 18, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Handbottle Pours an oil black with mahogany fringe and a rim of coffee and cream. Light carbonation. Aroma of chocolate malt and light fruity syrup. Non-descript and weak. Flavor is a classic strong roast, with vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, and light oakyness. Sugary with hints of caramel and melted ganache. The chocolate in this beer is quite desirable and silky and not brashly roasted. Most impressive in this beer is the use of hops, with a gentle floral and resin quality shining mid-way in the palate. My recognition of this really surprises me. Some chocolate drizzled over candied orange rind. Palate is gentle sweet, somewhat oily and silky texture, that really carries the beerís flavor. Tasty!