SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hop in the City - subdued, soft nose is pleasant with notes of oat, sweet chocolate chip and some hop citrus. Coffee body has a great smooth carbonation. More sweet chocolate in the body works great with the roastiness. Good, but drinks more like a sweet stout than an Impy.
Terminus (3042) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap-hop in the city 05. pours almost black with a brown tinge on the edge of the glass. very little head to speak of. the keg was pretty flat to say the least. super roasty note predominates the aroma with touches chocolate, char and light rum rasin. the flavors are very roasty, char and lightly alcoholic. again, the flatness killed the palate. long burnt, roasty finish. Not a bad impy, but i bet it was much better fresh back in the winter.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured an opaque black color with a small, bubbly, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Roasted coffee beans, chocolate, and light cherry aroma. Milk chocolate, coffee, caramel, nuts, hops in the taste, and just a light amount of alcohol in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Great bottling job Jeff!
kwoeltje (2152) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 (Hops in the City) Deep black with small head. Lots of malt and hops in the body with distinct coffee flavor and noticeable alcohol.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dense, creamy tan head covers what appears to be deep black, but is really an extremely dark reddish brown. Great lacing. Aroma is exceptionally malty, with lots of coffee and roasted grain, chocolate, licorice, toffee, cream, vanilla, earth, and smoke. The flavor carries on the malt barrage, with a firm black malt note leading the way and bringing an acidic, bitter bite. Midway, the rest of the flavors appear, with licorice and milk chocolate standing out the most. Hops are present, but they come across mainly in the form of green, leafy flavor, as so much of the bitterness comes from the dark grains. Finishes burnt and charred, with a blanket of smoke and seared caramel. Alcohol is hidden quite well, as it doesnít feel and drink like 8.9% Body is a bit light compared to other Imperials, but that only improves itís drinkability. Overall, a damn fine Imperial stout thatís brewed only 15 miles from my doorstep. God bless Schlafly/The St. Louis Brewery!
hopscotch (8395) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 Very dark, sparkling clear, ruby ale. Small, creamy, well-tanned head.
Notes of buttery milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark fruit, cinnamon and burnt flowers in the aroma.
A touch of alcohol in the nose and flavor... only a touch.
Tons of malt in this dark ale. Sticky, sweet flavor with tons of chocolate, molasses and smoke. The bitter hops are evident, but not sufficient to balance things out. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet finish. Very good brew! Thanks to MJR for the growler!
Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super sweet chocolate malt aroma, which is not overabundant in the taste. The most beautiful bone white china head. Kind of thinnish - good roastiness in the flavor, really nice bitterness to offset some pretty hefty sweetness - overall, not as aggressively hopped as some of my faves, but among the sweeter Imperials this really shines in its restrained balance. Great growler from MJR!
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Raindog for bottling this one up for me. Very sweet malty aroma, the brewery must have smelled heavenly the day this one was brewed. Very dark, okay black, small head. Flavor is very sweet, little fruiter than I'd expected. Alot of the mocha/chocolate flavor are prevailent, little of the roast flavor. Medium to light bodied. Sweet finish, excellent brew.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Blackened ruby hue. Walnuts, raisins and dried plum flavor. Initial semi-sweet chocolate aroma deepens into malt and vanilla extract. Nutty, complex, lasting, very English-style finish. Subtle alcohol. Not as thick as I like my imperials but definitely enjoyable.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 Growler:Black/dark brown. Pillowy,khaki head. Drooping lace. Aroma is highly fruity,lightly roasty/mocha,with chocolate,hoppy undertones. Some vanilla,and cream in aroma as well. Mouthfeel is full,soft carbonation. Big body.Thick,silky texture. Some bitterness and roastiness in the front. Quickly counteracted with big fruity,sweet malts. The sweetness is more caramel than chocolate. Can really feel the alcohol,but canít taste it. Finish is malty,lightly hoppy,and highly roasty. Lingering dark fruit,roast,and toffee.