SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the bottle from The Brown Derby International Wine Center. Pours black with a cascading brown head. Very large thick head with big bubbles. Has a strong molasses aroma. Slightly piney also. Big sorghum and chocolate taste. Thick palate. Toasted flavor as well. Mind-roasting flavor and big sweetness really make this beer something. Good sour milk tartness to the finish.
IrishBoy (3920) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BeerDrenched; Nose is roasty, sweet, and choclatety clear dark brown with a medium rusty head; flavor is choclatety, with some roasty coffee notes added; good but not very complex.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’ve had this on draft twice and bottle three times now so it is time to rate it. Aroma is roasted with strong notes bakers chocolate and undertones raisiny crystal malt. It also has flashes of coffee in there. Taste is dry toffee sweetness with bittersweet chocolate and coffee thats finishes in a dry tart bitterness. Ive actually got touches of apple juice in the initial taste, this sometime eludes and do not always get this impression. This is not an imperial stout nor a sweet stout. This I believe as drmatt said is a foreign. Reasoning is foreign stout is a style that originated with the likes of true guiness extra stout. It was originally shipped to places like sri lanka which in turn created there own (Lions stout). I know it doesnt matter that much except in style percentage but it does fit all specs and descriptors of other beers in this style.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good example of an extra stout. A nice malty sweetness with a slight sourness in the aroma. Taste is slightly dry and smoky, with a roasted malt, creamy finish. Good beer.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Robust aroma, hints of oak? Pours dark with short-lasting head. Flavor is roasty, some caramel/sweetness. A little thin. Would be a nice "introduction" to an IS, not bursting with greatness, but good nonetheless and somewhat mild.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I have to agree with the last reviewer (drmatt) in that this is in no way an imperial stout. Someone goofed. Perhap "sweet stout" would be a more adequate monaker. Regardless, aroma is where this baby shines. Rich robust vanilla and coffee with cinnamon rolls and sweet frosting give this beer a real breakfast appeal. The head is dense and tan and lingers to the end. The flavor, unfortunately, falls flat and is too lactic sweet for endulgence. In fact, it tastes like a flat Mackeson XXX (further evidence for my "sweet stout" claim). Palate is creamy with some licorice and cough medicine. All in all, this is pretty good for a Schlafly product, which I generally find to be stale, fake and lackluster.
drmatt (51) - THE LOU, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
i’m not sure if i fully agree that this is an impy stout, i am thinking more along the lines of foreign stout like a lions stout. there a light roastiness to the the aroma. appearance is very dark brown with a light brown head. i taste a roasted malt and a little bit of cocoa. i like the mouth feel, for 8% there is very little alcohol presence. i had this on draught at the cabin fever and i liked it and now i can have it in a bottle and i still agree that this is a solid beer. only if we could get schlafly to make a san diego pale ale or some other big, hoppy beer then they will be on their way.
wxman (1519) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque chocolate brown color with a light brown head that has rather large beading for a stout. Cocoa and coffee aroma. Baker’s chocolate and mocha taste with a somewhat astringent bitterness; coffee notes as well come through. Mild alcohol warmth after the swallow. Another excellent brew in the Schlafly stout stable.
thegreenrooster (3415) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is black with a small tan head. Aroma is very much caramel and chocolate malts. Flavor is roasty with some wood smoke and dark chocolate. Finish is bitter but not enough to take away the flavor. Alcohol is no prob as there is a touch as you swallow but nothing over the top. Not the best Impy stout by far but still kinda tasty and comes in a six pack of bottles.
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
NIce. Pours a very, very dark brown with a large head that settles quickly, leaving a thin foam on top. Aroma is sweet, big chocolate and caramel notes, balanced by hop ""pepper". Flavor is again sweet, lemon notes, burned chocolate, tobacco, and very thin coffe notes. Ending has a brief chalkyness to it, and a long grassy finish with tobacco notes interlaced. Hides the alcohol very well. Might be better if aged for a short time.