blankboy (7115) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
<i>Bottle (500ml) shared with jerc & mabel -- courtesy of garthicus.</i> Pours a very deep ruby, almost black, with an average size diminishing creamy tan head. Aroma’s roasty along with molasses, coffee, dark fruit and a good amount of hops. Flavour of roasted malt, coffee, herbal hops, dark fruit and alcohol -- mmm, quite complex and very enjoyable. Average to medium bodied. Great stuff and even better then expected. Thanks for sharing Al!
jercraigs (9520) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008-10-22. Black body with a nice modest creamy tan head. Aroma is a touch muted, mild mocha roast. (6+) Flavour is rich malt, dry bitterness, light roast accents, very light coffee and chocolate notes. Light warming alcohol grows as the glass goes on. (8+) Smooth average to medium bodied palate. (3+)Very nice stout, alcohol is quite subdued. Bottle shared by Garthicus
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: An over-the-top imperial stout saved by a crazy fresh hopping profile. Very good beer.
How: Bottle 500ml. From HogtownHarry, thanks a lot Harry for this rare treat.
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Nose of black liquorice, dark fruits, rubber and chocolate cake. Oh boy, that smells like a big beer. Big is indeed big and sticky. I could eat this beer from a bowl with a fork. Sticky molasses bordering tar texture. Medium roastiness level, flavour of burnt toasts, molasses, raisins, extra-thick caramel, deep fried beans (!), black cake, black liquorice and more. Alcohol is somewhat well hidden which is not surprising with such a big body. If thatís all there was to it I wouldnít be impressed at all as Iím one who doesnít care for over-the-top imperial stouts. But what saved this one is the truckload of hops. I mean, this beer must have gone crazy on the hops here cause the beer felt well balanced, and with that syrupy sticky body thatís quite an achievement. The hopping had this green fresh feeling with a flavour that reminded me all to well of me chewing on a nice green hops pellet, something I can never resist when I see one. Ok now looks like the Irish has joined America in the bigger-is-better trend. Oh boy, as it the Irish werenít drunk enough already.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(From the archive)
Surprisingly hops are most notable on the aroma. Some smoke from the malts as well.
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a very good and roasty IPS,with hints of coffee and chocolate and a nice strong abv was present as it warmed and poured a nice dark black with a small brown head and it had a nice bitter finish to it very interesting and enjoyable.CHEERS!
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry - thank you to both Harry first and then Al originally giving me the opportunity to try this beer!!! Hint of ruby in otherwise pitch black pour, bubbly tan head. Licorice, tar, sticky syrup in aroma. Huge roast and hop taste - roof of your mouth sticky sweet molasses and malt. Despite the tar/stickiness, the body is actually quite light for the style, and this really accentuates the hops. This is a terrific, complex unique imperial stout. Not in your face like typical U.S. interpretations of the style, nor is it as sweet and overpowering as Baltic/Foreign Stouts/Porters. It finds a unique place somewhere in the middle of those two and the end result is a must try beer. Thanks again Al and Harry for this opportunity.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2008 Bottle (500ml). Shared with tupalev, courtesy of Garthicus - danke, Al!. Poured near opaque ruby-black, not muddy, but very lively near the surface when swirled; smallish creamy tan head (4+). Thatís quite an aroma - alcohol, but subdued, strong character of tar, molasses, tons of herbal hops, a nice dry peatiness and undertones of dark fruit (cherry, cassis). The taste - yowza! - incredibly herbal-bitter, was not expecting that - good, though! - with roast coffee bean, sweet caramel malt, fruit, port (the name suggesting?) and carrying the lot a strong wave of raw cinnamon and near-burnt malt - and yeah, itís imperial strength in ABV. What made it unique to me was how light in body this was - more porter-like, but quite slick on the tongue, and definitely not shy with the alcohol and herbal/bitter astringency, which combined with the deep roast for a long finish, although of delicate weight. This is a VERY good imperial, and quite unlike most that Iíve had - sinfully easy to drink, too.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy of Garthicus. Dark brown with ruby highlights and a beige head. Butterscotch liquer-like nose. Notes of wood, some whiskey, chocolate, dark fruits, licorice, caramel and more wood. Medium bodied with smooth and subtle carbonation. Nice beer.
Daithi8640862 (24) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a wicked strong stout from the porterhouse..huge amounts of coffee cocoa on the palate...very complex and hides the 10% strength well..leaves a nice roasty finish..excellent stout
IrishBoy (4079) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle from Garthicus, Thanks Al! Nose of coffee, licorice, chocolate, and a light hoppy note; Black as hell with a small tan head; flavor is coffee, chocolate, light hop bitterness, and a molasses note. Finish is chocolate and light hop bitterness. Compares well to a lot of America Impys but with more of an Irish Guinness-like molassesy note.