3fourths (9014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. A bit thinner than expected, both in the appearance and on the palate. Thin, oily licorice and light smoke flavor. Overall very light, lacking a robust character. Finishes a bit lactic and acidic. Unimpressive.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A damn good porter, albeit not sure what makes it Imperial. Along the lines of the classic but ever loved Taddy Porter. Starts off with a deep dark black pour with some smallish tan head that leaves a ring as you guzzle this beauty down. Aromas are very rich. Coffee, molasses, chocolate, raisins, vanilla, brown sugar, and toast are waiting to tingle the nose. Man does this taste good. Smooth, creamy and delcicious. Nice profile of malts with chocolate and coffee dominating, and a nice hint of brown sugar sweetness and vanilla to make things interesting. Finishes with some bitters and a distinct earthiness. So good. Lighter in body thatn expected, but that does not detract at all from this fine concoction. Body is often overated anyhow, and this is not anything out of the ordinary body wise for the style. Yum yum.
Ratman197 (12806) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a dark as night black with a short lived brown head. Aromas of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, mollasses, and burnt malt. Palate was thin for the style, but not to bad. Flavors of coffee, mocha, abit of burnt malt with a slightly dry, moderatly bitter finish.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep garnet with a foamy, tan head. Chocolate, pine resin, caramel, coffee, raisin, molasses, burnt grain, cardboard and a hint of vanilla. I really like the aroma; itís got much more going on than I expected. And the 8% ABV is not detectable to my nose. Layers of malt and round, lush hops. Oh, but the body-the body is weak thin and seriously lacking. Unfortunately, itís not much thicker than water and leaves much to de desired. The flavor isnít terrible, but you get the feeling that a more robust body could deliver so much to satisfy the tongue. The layered malts still exist ane the plentiful hops keep the sweetness from overpowering. The alcohol continues to be non-existent. All told, this could be an excellent beer, but as it stands, the lack of body seriously detracts from the overall product. Too bad.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle graciously supplied by Miguel, BBB63 at a Kuhnhenn gathering a long, long time ago. This beast pours a deep chestnut color with just a bare hint of ruby when back lit. roasted barley aroma, coffee. Medium to full bodied, I would have guessed this a stout if blindfolded. Very roasted flavors, alcohol is hidden well. Nicely done.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours thick and nearly black with a bubbly tan halo and a\\ film covering the top of the drink. The aroma is roasted barley, chocolate, and an odd sourness. Creamy and smooth in the mouth, itís flavor is rich, sweet malts with roasted barley, chocolate, burnt brown sugar, and some old coffee. The finish is sweet and slightly bitter with a light hopping. This is very drinkable and very good.
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frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly black body with a mid sized tan head. Aroma shows notes of cocoa, plum, toffee and vanilla. Lightly sweet malts followed up by roasted barley, some light chocolate and a slick oily finish. Very nice beer. Thanks to my secret santa TannerTavernBoys.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 22 oz bomber. Pours a dark oily black with a very small head. Faint hints of chocolate and raisins in the aroma. Very sweet flavor. Chocolatey with some coffee. Very sweet. Decent but not great.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Brown, clear when held to light, medium tan head with nice retention and lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is grapes, apples, caramel, grains, and coffee - quite fruity. The taste is apple, coffee, grains, roast, and a bit of barely detectable diacetyl. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, too thin at times.
Nuffield (4011) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby brown, grape and a bit of green apple to theh aroma. Dusty, charcoal flavors. Quite thin, leading to a question of what is imperial about this? Or it does lead to the question of whether this bottle just didnít work out and it deserves a re-rate?