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 (1478) - 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 (3307) - 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 (702) - 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.
vyvvy (4135) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black with a crimson hue and a dark tan head. The aroma is fairly sweet with some fruit characteristics, lightly roasted malt and some hop presence. Medium / full body that is quite smooth with some sharp carbonation - velvety and spritzy. The flavor starts with well roasted malt with some fruit like sweetness and lots of creaminess. The finish adds some spicy hops kick. A very well balanced stout that hides it’s 8% very well. Well done stout Schlafly’s