badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with no head. Chocolate malt aroma and taste with roasted grain notes and a chocolate finish.
Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent sized head of varying sized bubbles. Rich aroma of some leather, lavender, dark roasted malts and a tad of sweetness. Very strange mixture of aromas. I have had this brew several times before and donít remember all of this conglomerate of aromas. Very dark brown in color. Slightly sweet and malty flavor with some raisins, licorice, molasses and roasted malts. Finishes roasty with a tad of sweetness and a hint of molasses. A decent but slightly lacking imperial stout.
topherh (1905) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel, light chocolate and roast. Flavor is toasty caramel, chocolate, toffee sweet, but not overly so. Could use a little bitternes to balance it.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle- Pours a almost black color with a medium creamy dark tan head.Aromas of roasted malts,some chocolate and alcohol dominate the aroma. Flavor is of roasted malts, but also a nice hop bite hidden in the back that leads to a bitter finish. Sme alcohol nots peeking through.as well. For being a imperial, the body seems a bit on the thin side.
yackery (150) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2011 12oz Bottle pours a small, fast-dissolving head with a thin, runny lacing over a nearly opaque - and red where thereís light - body.
Thereís a lot going on with the aroma but not in your face. Subtle aromas. Plays the same earthy and caramel notes as Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale or North Coast Old Rasputin or Old Stock Ale. The aromas that are most prominent are roasty, coffee, and citrus. Would be shocking if not so much weaker than Founders or North Coast.
Aroma and taste really come together after a couple. Taste is salty and bitter with an alcohol air wafting up through the exhale. Sweeeet. Some licorice in the taste
Palate is a little thin like porter and not a stout savor.
Overall, this is a good beer.
After my last, I have to upgrade from a 3.6.
CanIHave4Beers (2866) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours basically black with a big semi loose head that fades fairly quickly. The aroma is banana right out of the gate with some roastiness, some chocolate, some musty basement, and some cherry. The beer smells fine enough but all the aromas just sort of hit you at different times and lack a sort of cohesive whole. The flavor is nicer, itís a big fairly dry roasty Imperial Stout with a well concealed alcohol presence. In total it tastes nice, and the bitter roastiness while very present is actually balanced as opposed to brash (which is what I had expected, for whatever reason). Complimentary notes include some dark fruit and berries, a nice hop zing and fruitiness mid palate that lingers somewhat, a light touch of vanilla and malty sweetness. Itís certainly one of the best "whole hog" offerings yet. I donít normally say stuff like this, but I have to think itís the breweryís reputation thatís keeping the ratings down on this one. Itís no top class Imperial Stout, but itís a very tasty one. If it had the label of a more en vogue brewery I have very little doubt that the average rating would be half a point higher.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a deep mahogany (near black) body with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, cocoa, raisins, and mustiness. Flavor of caramel, roasted malt, light coffee, and some chocolate.
Cavie (3630) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy thirdeye11. Pours a dark brownish-red color with a tan head. Aroma is kind of weak. Some dry chocolate and candle wax. Sweet flavor that is a little sharp. Some bitter grains near the edge. A bit weak for a RIS.
wlajwl (3474) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2012 Aroma is complex malts, subdued. The flavor is dark fruit, coffee/chocolate and a a mildly tart/acidic finish.
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle to glass. Pours looking exactly like cola, except with less head. Somewhat oily looking, a sheet of lacing that runs down the glass. Only a light tan skim after 30 seconds in the glass. Aroma is odd anise, some nice fresh coffee notes, odd dark fruit, and a really interesting yeast note that lends a clove or banana note to the beer that hide amidst the dark malt and coffee. Flavor is burnt sugar, molasses, a bit of smokey coffee, and a hair of dark fruit. Some funkyness and a chocolate cherry flavor comes out as it warms, leading me to believe something unwanted might be at work in this one.... An odd mouthfeel, slightly sweet and mouth coating. Not as bad as it smells (Ok maybe it is), but not great either...in fact, its not good at all.