TheJester (1958) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 mL bottle. Easily the best of this 4-some. Roast and dark-chocolate covered cherries stand out in this one. Smooth from the oats. Nice roasty bitterness. No booze.
larryLSB (439) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the Beer Camp 12 pack, poured dark, dark brown with medium tan head that quickly disspated. Second one in the pack, after dinner on the eve of a few days off. Nose was sweet,malty, chocolate, tad of oatmeal, which grew as the beer warmed. Taste was more on the sweet side. Full bodied beer, a bit on the chewy side. The label is a bit misleading, with no mention of "Imperial..." Overall the best in the 12 pack.
JPDurden24 (1621) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black pour with a beige head. Decent lacing. Roasty and cocoa nose with a similar taste and some sweet dark chocolate malts. One of my faves of the beer camp series. Enjoyable!
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Malt and light toffee aroma. Toffee and chocolate flavor with light coffee and light fruitiness. Medium-plus bodied. Chooclate and coffee linger with light toffee.
bytemesis (3503) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 Rerate from bottle - definitely fuller bodied and creamier, improved aroma and taste (7/4/7/4/15) My combined rating will average this and previous.
Tap@ Rose and Crown (08/28/2012). Opaque brown black, small tan head, creamy with lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, quite mild actually. Flavor is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, notes of chocolate, grain. Strong coffee bitterness. Light bodied and a bit watery. Coffee bitter and warming finish. Not top tier. (6/4/6/2/13)
luttonm (2420) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Dark, opaque black. minimal head. alright warming, sweet grainy body. Creamy and smooth. Tart oats. Some mollasses tweaking. Alright stout.
bhensonb (11494) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a multipack from the Folsom BevMo. Pours black with a creamy dark tan head. Aromas of chocolate and a little coffee. Full bodied. Flavor is dark chocolate with a suggestion of coffee. Very smooth burnt malt. Not a trace of heat. Finishes tasty!
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-purchased at Jubilation in Albuquerque NM Aug 2012-pours opaque black with a small dark kacki soapy/somewhat sprtizy head. no lacing or legs here. nose is full of char. roast, lite astringency, tar, dark chocolate, alcohol-big nose! I think this beer would age pretty well. flavors of huge char, dark chocolate, roast, but mostly char here. a huge black patent malt bomb. finish is long with hints of alcohol, roast and char. body is somewhat fizzy for an IS however, could calm down with some age. A very solid rendition of this style however, not overly complex to be in the top tier of this class.
b3shine (5821) - Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter (thanks DrSilverworm). Looks good; pitch black with thin tan lacing. Smells of chocolate and malt. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Abv is hidden well too. Solid beer.
umich03jm (2167) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2012 Pours a deep black color with almost no head. Aroma is very roasty and coffee-like. Slight amount of chocolate comes through too. Taste is overpowering roasted coffee and not much else. Slightly sweet up front and very bitter in the finish. Finish has a pretty big alcohol burn too. Very thin and oily body is not very good here either. This beer should be better. Not complex enough and too much alcohol burn.