mcox90 (1678) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a small brown head and spotty lace. Nose is heavily roasted malt and cocoa. Heavy palate with a smooth, silky feel. Flavor is cocoa, baker’s chocolate, malt, along with some dark fruit flavors. Alcohol is right up front. Very nice offering from Boston Beer Company.
fidelis83 (2168) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with thin dark brown highlights and a 4 finger creamy mocha head that is slow to fade to 1/4 inch or so and stays leaving some specks of lacing and liquid clinging to the glass. Aroma starts out with some roast, chocolate and caramel, then some graininess, planty hops, hints of caramel and toffee as it warms. Flavor is roast, cocoa, planty hops, a bit of anise, stale espresso, musty grain sack, dirt road dust, anise, some mutes date notes and a little cinamon toast. Finish is sweet and slightly hoppy with relatively low bitterness and a roasty stale bread aftertaste. Palate is thick and slippery with a slightly overdone carbonation moderately wet finish and a dusty feel. This stuff is not undrinkable but it is far too thick for it’s flavor profile which seems a little stale and dusty while still being overly sweet.
radagast83 (5606) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a pitch black with a medium dark tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits. Flavor is rich roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Bitter finish, solid imperial stout.
EithCubes (5215) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Coffee, chocolate, roast, faint mocha nose, with touch of stale air. Murky motor oil pour with a dark brown, fluffy head, though a little too sudsy. Taste is dry and lightly bitter, some alcohol warmth in the jowls and cheeks with late onrushing sweetness. Licorice and anise in with the aromatic components. Medium body, relatively silken feel, dries out to that ol’ Sammy stale grain house character that I so despise, but not so much as to spoil the effort, which is average at worst, and enjoyable this time out.
alobar (3059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, chocolate and dark fruit. Thick lacing. Flavor of roasted malts, licorice, and coffee. This is a very nice beer!
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle ... jet black pour , thin tan head ,no lacing. aroma of cocoa,alcohol and roasted malts .bittersweet chocolate ,dark fruit and licorice flavors.no attempt to hide the alcohol .silky smooth and a little bitter at the finish. best of the Impy series.
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12-oz bottle almost black. It had a mild smell of cocoa and roasted malt. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. It was typical of an imperial stout. Nothing special, but a solid beer.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and alcohol. Taste is bittersweet chocolate with dark fruits, licorice, and alcohol. Minimal malt and hop flavor presence. Medium-thin body for the style. Not as complex as most Imperials. A good beer for a good price.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a pretty decent imperial stout. Thick, chocolatey, malty, caramel, and whipped topping all in one. Some espresso in the finish along with a kick of hops. I must admit, I’m either getting soft on my ratings or this really surprised me. I liked the intenseness of this brew.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a pitch black with very little head. The first note I get in the nose is the alcohol. Raisin, black coffee, currant, and earth quickly follow. Medium carbonation with a rich, thick, oily mouthfeel. Tastes of nuts, black cherry, earth, almond, a touch of walnut, dark roasted malt, vanilla, anise, and a bit of raisin. There are a lot of flavors going on here! They aren’t always in perfect harmony, but it still proves to be a very good beer. The alcohol isn’t hidden all that well, but that too is okay. I think this one may be their best offering in the Imperial series. Definitely worth a try.