thirdeye11 (5598) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle) clear deep ruby with a thick dark tan head. Nose of chocolate, cream and coffee but seems a bit muted in general. Taste of chocolate, cream, watery coffee, old coffee grounds. Raisin linger and creamy body.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
orange brown with more of an off white ring on top than a head.
it smells heavily of nail polish (itís only 8%!!!)... mixed with grape juice, malt powder, black raisins, alcohol spice and florals.
the flavor is a sweet mixture of the aromaís qualities along with chocolate, wood and mild molasses.
very light bodied (for an íimperialí) and not very good. 5/3/5/2/10
bhensonb (11257) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Half Time. Pours really dark brown with a slight creamy beige head. I really canít find words for the aroma other than treacle. Med minus body. Flavor is pretty much treacle. Thereís some balancing bitter, but that cuts the sugar not the flavor. Not even getting a lot of burnt malt. Treacle.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was a bit skeptical when I saw that the bottle had a screw top. Poured dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma full of roasted malt, molasses, and coffee. Decent sweetness up front with more roasted malt in the middle along with some bitter chocolate. Body is a bit thin. Roast and light bitterness on the finish. This isnít great by any means, but considering my low expectations and the price point, it wasnít terrible either.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Not the greatest impy stout, but still a decent beer. But something did seem a bit off about it. Maybe the twist-off caps were defective. It also seemed to be under attenuated.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was nearly black in the glass with slight orangey-red highlights in the light. It had virtually no head and what little was there was tan to light brown and in just about fully diminished with only a little left around the edge of the glass. The aroma had moderate to heavy caramel and chocolate syrup; light to moderate pine, spruce and earthy hops; a little banana; prune juice; cherry; light alcohol; and hairspray. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily to harshly sweet and moderately bitter with a fairly long duration. There was caramel, chocolate syrup, prune, bubblegum, chocolate, tobacco, chalk, metallic hops and pine hops. The medium to full body was oily with carbonation that was a bit soft, but still very tingly and a lightly astringent and lightly alcoholic finish.
badlizard (5538) - 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 (2378) - 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 (1911) - 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 (156) - 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.