LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
one of the better samples i had. coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, candi sugar, plum, figs, dark chocolate, and a little hoppy spice. sweet and thick, better than the rest of the beers we had, wish they would have put it in a growler for us.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was the imperial stout version. nose was sweet and of anise. taste, while flavorful, seemed a bit lacking in overall character. not enough mocha or coffee flavors for my tastes in this impy, mostly anise, again. pretty sweet tasting beer, but not quite overly so for an imperial i guess. i wasnt expecting a lot from rock bottom here, but this was ok.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had to coddle this frozenly served ale a good fifteen minutes before is was ready to sample. (Does the brewmaster at this place want his beers served like this?) As I waited for it to warm, I appreciated the nearly black body and creamy cocoa head. The aroma, when it finally awoke, was sweet lightly roasted malt with touches of anise and chocolate. It’s somewhat thin once it’s warm enough to drink. The flavor reflects the aroma pretty much, perhaps a tad bit sweeter. Okay and drinkable, but passable as well.
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toddbates (95) - USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
my favorite out of the rock bottom rotating seasonal that ive had. many of the notes that you would expect from an imperial but lacking the body that would have pushed it higher
troyc (2014) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Tap) Pours a inky black color with a small tan nitro head. Coffee and roasted toffee in the aroma. The taste includes burnt caramel and light hops. Rather thin, with a toasted nut finish. Not really a bad beer, but could have used quite a bit more body.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Warrenville Rock Bottom, December 2005 (accidentally posted this under the Chicago RB entry). Black with a tan head, mostly lasting. Slight roasty aroma, some bittersweet cocoa. Flavor is chock full of raisins, rum, red grapes, and a slight roast. Alcoholic finish along with some charred grain. Good for a stout, but I expected more robustness from an Imperial.
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thick and rich, but not much more notable than the dry stout. A bit more kick, heavier nose.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at RB Warrenville. Poured black with a short cap of caramel head. Nose was of deeply-roasted dark fruit primarily.. raisins and dates.. lesser dark chocolate and anise spiciness. In the flavor, roasted fruity malts really steal the show.. some anise and dark chocolate show deeper down... alcohol is a bit harsh at times... warm roasty finish. Medium-bodied, slick, and a bit too boozy on the palate.
Headbanger (2739) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16oz draft at Brewery(9.6%ABV)-A pitch black body with a huge tan head which emits an aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and a fruitiness. Taste of hops, sweetness, malt, and finishes with alcohol and bitterness. The alcohol is a little overpowering.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours out a darkish black with small tan head. Nose is huge chocolate, some coffee, nuts, a hint of dark fruits. Flavor is a bit watered down, still has some nice chocolate notes, but everything is just simplified.