OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, - OCT 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Couleur noire très foncée. Arômes de chocolat, de café, de mélasse et de houblon à la fraîcheur rappelant la menthe. Une multitude de saveurs des malts rôtis sont enveloppées de chocolat et de vanille et s’expriment dans un parcours libre et sans obstacle. Faible amertume en finale, texture sirupeuse, corps d’épaisseur pleine, carbonatation douce et active. En fût, Rock Bottom, Denver.
Camons (5043) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ brewpup, mallstreet, Denver, Co. Pours black with a small tan head. Nose is coffee, raosted malt, chocolate. Taste is coffee, roasted malts, licirice, caramel, dark dried fruit. Medium body, light bitter finish.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tasted on tap at Rock Bottom in Denver, Colorado. Dark brown/black appearance poured with no head. Deep malty aroma with alcohol. Dark burnt chocolate malts flavor. Not too impressive of a body.
JaBier (4528) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Dogbrick as a precursor to his Portland beer tasting. Pours pitch black with a thin light brown head. Malty and chocolatey aroma with some grainy character and a bit of licorice. Roasted malt hits the tongue first, followed by dark fruit and licorice, then chocolate and molasses before a bit of alcohol in the finish.
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the "Portland? Psh More Like Beerland" tasting on 03/10/10. Pours black with a thin light tan head that diminishes to an outer ring quickly. Top ring of lacing with spots underneath. Aroma of figs and malt plus some chocolate. Medium, smooth body with flavors of dark fruit, malt, chocolate and a bit of sweet honey. The finish is sweet malt with a chocolate finish. Slightly above average overall.
Ratman197 (9014) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Rock Bottom Denver 2007 vintage poured an opaque black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, light coffee and light vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt, light coffee and light vanilla with a smooth roasty finish.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewery. Opaque impy looking with a 1/8 inch dense beige head. Nose-biscuits, malty, light maple syrup, clean hops. Taste-low to medium sweetness, unsweet raisin and fig, dry toast, light mace and nutmeg, light pepper, goods use of spice, sweetness not too upfront, light bark, light dark fruit phenols, honey, finishes with a thick mouthfeel like honey. Very well done.
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2009 tap at the brewpub. inky with a thick brown head. strong chocolate nose with a raisin and alcohol hint. licorice and coffee notes mixed with the chocolate flavor. alcohol is noticeable, but is sweet enough not to finish dry. some marshmallow and caramel notes with just the right buttery toffee. a nice one to have after watching the cubs kick the rockies ass.
5 7 7 4 14
forgot i had rated this so i took notes again.
a lot of caramel, some coffee w/cream taste. very smooth. i could drink a lot of this. a good way to start the afternoon on a cold day. black with a lasting lacing brown head. didn’t get much in the nose. just a bit of generic sweetness. but they don’t have to smell good to taste good. chocolate comes up as it warms. berry finish with a grapeskin note.
4 4 7 4 16
deep very dark brown with a non lasting but lacing head. smells like nickels, cocoa, ratman, and iced tea. dry, yep, dry cocoa nibs, and red wine, and cherry finish. roasted tomato throughout this that really takes away here, but the chocolate is alright
4 6 4 2 12
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft: Penetrable black. Snugly packed rich-khaki foam. Dull, yeasty aroma with spicy alcohol, prunes, licorice, roasted barley, and a touch of chocolate. Tacky and very oily. Full bodied. Initially quite rich, soft and supple, but the overt presence of yeast soon muffles the richness. Pronounced nougat fluffs up the body and lends some sweetness, as silky notes of barley softly emerge. Very little richness and seemingly devoid of any black malt astringency or harsh roast to deepen the fruitiness or allay the taffy-like yeast. Molasses-soaked chocolate cake is vaguely perceptible, but any complementary espresso or char notes fail to make an impact. Rather wet and bland in the finish, as the malts, or lack thereof, never fully blossom, which leaves room for a lingering afterimage of silky barley, prunes, tacky yeast and a faint metallic zing. Pretty ordinary example and it certainly is not very Imperialish. Far too sweet (also lacks depth, malt richness, and the attenuation is poor) overall, and the nose is yeasty and slightly worty.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black oily body, with a very small brown head. Roasty coffee nose, with a somewhat light to medium body, and becomes increasingly harder to drink as it warms as it just becomes to sticky on the palate. Bitterness transcends through all the other flavors, leaving the chocolate and the fruitiness in the back seat of flavor.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Chocolate and liquorice notes to the toasted malt aroma. Opaque black body with low tan head that recedes to ring. Bittersweet coffee blends with chocolate and roasty flavours with moderate bitterness chased by a lasting sweetness. Medium body feels somewhat thin with pointy, aggressive carbonation and strong alcohol warming. Sampled on tap at Rock Bottom Denver with Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.