HogTownHarry (5976) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (341ml). Courtesy of Biegaman!. Oily flat black pour, not much head, but pretty lush looking. God DAMN thatís a lovely oily, sour cherry dark roast aroma, very malty - yeah! Taste is not as sweet as the aroma, coffee and bakerís chocolate, oddly fast finishing but solid and not too bitter, hardly any booze character to it at all. Oily, silky mouthfeel, a little fruiy acidity on the tongue, Very solid stout, a little light for an imperial, but VERY drinkable.
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Black, with copper higlights, thin ring of small brown bubbles leaving lace with mild visible carbonation. Aroma is roasted toast, with nutty dark chocolate and toffe-like candy hints. Flavor is initially bitter, opening up to a nice roasty taste with the hints of toffee. I found the mouthfeel is light for an imperial, but extremely palatable. This could be my new session ale, even though the session may not last too long
Sammy (8023) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2007 OK, you got me. That is, not one or two but 3 bottles sent by OKBeer. So I shared it out, more reviews and more fame for them. In a word, ovaltine chocolate milkshake. And a 5 on that. Great coco aroma, appearance, creamy taste and aftertaste--I mean 14 hours later, I am satisfied on chocolate. Not cloying, but sweet rather than bittersweet chocolate.
Not for everybody, as many want a balanced RIS, with noticeable bitterness or something opposite sweet.
Bobby, thanks again.
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2008 Re-rate, 1st batch from 4th week of January 2007 sampled 1 year later: Not much has changed. Flavour has a bit more fruit and raisin to balance out the roast and chocolate, but otherwise identical to my prior rating. I didnít expect it to get any better, but it certainly has held up very well.
<i>When the Revolution comes, I will be the first to rate it!</i>
341 ml bottle. Completely opaque dark brown colour with a thin but mostly lasting tan coloured head. Cocoa, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and fruity aroma with a lightly acidic note and just a hint of alcohol. Dark chocolate, roasty, coffee, nutty, raisin, and molasses flavours with a roasty, fruity, and lightly acidic finish. Full bodied, chewy but soft mouthfeel. As Imperial Stouts go, this one comes across as a cross between Bieropholie and Harveyís/A. LeCoq. And it works. Well done John Allen and crew.