frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque, nearly black body beneath a thin off-white head. Aroma of licorice with hints of chocolate and toffee. Some fruity notes, figs mostly and a little cherry. Some light toffee and roasted barley flavors come through also. Middle of the road for an Imperial Stout, but top of the line for a Saranac.
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent try at an Imperial Stout, however, clearly lacks character of more refined kinds. Typical coffee, toffee, sweet and nutty notes and tones. A little syrupy but still drinkable. Worth the one 12 oz. bottle but invest in a sixer of something else.
3fourths (7770) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 I went into this one expecting the worst. It’s not just that I saw the first five ratings, but c’mon, this is Saranac/Matt Brewing we’re talking about, and we know they’re making an effort to grab some of the big beer attention, but that imperial IPA they made was just godawful. So I picked up a single and expected that I would regret it, but it turns out that this beer isn’t too bad. Has some decent legs, clinging to the side of the glass in a caramel brown foam, and the body is nearly perfectly inpenetrable, as far as I can tell. First whiff eases my anxiety, with notes of tar, smoked butterscotch, some char, some burnt plums, and some sticky caramel. Texture is moderately thick and decently frothy, and it rolls around on the tongue no different than, say, Yeti. It finishes a little pasty, slightly bitter and slightly astringent, with a lingering smoke and toffee flavor. Overall the flavor isn’t extremely deep or complex, but it’s far from offensive and I would even say it’s tasty (but not delicious, that word is reserved for those that really deserve it). I’d be interested to see how this would place blind... I nearly gave this a 3.4, but I think that’s from my bias against Saranac/Matt Brewing, so I’ll just go straight with what my taste buds are saying.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 Let us see... 12oz bottle poured veru black, Nice tan fluffy head. Nose is surprisingly hoppy. Mouth feel was middium,there was a burnt coffee after taste, and a touch of lingering caramel.. Not a bad brew here, from saranac.
Over all this seemed a bit hot, maybe to hoppy of the alcohol is felt but not tasted. Aging this is a strong possiblity
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 2007: Poured opaque black with a tan head. The aroma was light with sweet roasted malt making it up. Roasty flavor with some esters and alcohol. Warming with a medium body.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I will start this by saying maybe I got a bad bottle...Pours pitch black with tan fluffy head wonderful spotty lacing. The appearence is all this beer has going for it. No coffee flavor slight chocolate finish in this very bland attemp at a I.S. Malty flavor is just not balaced very well
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a solid middlin sized tan head, retention is fair with a decent coating lace. A pitch black brew with some brown edging. Nose is faint roast and chocolate. Body is medium, carbonation is a bit much for an Impy. lightly oily. Light roasty flavors, some black notes, light berry notes a hint of bitter sweet chocolate and cocoa. Fairly dry finish thats lasting and not unobjectionable at all. Pretty solid for Matt.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz - Dense black, tan creamy head. Roasted milk chocolate and mild coffee and cream nose lays on soft wafts of dark currants and spicy herbal-like notes. Dry cocoa flavors and hints of roasted coffee balance on lighter piney herbal and earthy tones. Medium bodied, light carbonation, bittersweet finish. Not a bad first shot at the style...