Brigadier (3230) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle
A below average imperial stout merited only a single shaker before the rest was used in cooking. Caught somewhere in that awkward space between high boost stout and rich imperial stout, it suffers from a lack of clear mission. I would give these guys another shot if I could get a few samples but I doubt I will be hurrying to try anything else unless I happen to be passing through.
Aroma / Appearance - A rich velvety base pours clean and dense with an ochre head. Oily legs betray the higher gravity. Chocolate and coffee linger in the air like an unhealthy breakfast combination. The smooth creamy profile gets the job done but lacks any substantial defining feature to leave an impression. Licorice and ash alone will not do it.
Flavor / Palate - The dense mouthfeel owes more to the number of ingredients than anything else. Melted bittersweet chocolate coats the mouth with an oily resin. Raspberries linger a brief second before a bitter transfer to a warm boozy finish. Fruity chocolate and coffee briefly perk up the senses before the tedium returns. This lacks any huge flaws other than the fact that it simply cannot compete with the best of the best. Save some time and money for another alternative.
beastiefan2k (2811) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer #12 of 13 in blind tasting.
Notes getting even shorter than short. Decent. Muted acidity (???), slightly mineral. Overdone dark malts.
In the aggregate, slightly above average.
bytemesis (4470) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Not expecting much here. Pours opaque black with a small brown head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving decent lacing. Aroma is a bit burnt, anise, cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts, molasses. Flavor is light sweet and medium bitter, lots of blackstrap molasses and roasty notes. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty solid straight impy.
Prufrockstar (1468) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Imperial stout blind tasting, sample #12 of 13. Cardboard, marshmallow, nuts. Body is thin. Cardboard again. Lightly sweet. Milky, chocolate is faded. Maybe tasty at one point, but my feeling is this is old and had lost its soul. 7/4/7/3/13.
Incidentally, I’ve had this several times before, and have always really enjoyed it. Surprised I haven’t rated it before, but my memory is it’s more of a 3.7+ and one of the area’s hidden gems. Even though blind tasting came in at 3.4, I’m upping it by 0.1 to reflect previous experiences.
ljthiessen (700) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, aged 1 year. Very dark pour with a huge tan head. Aroma is liquorice, chocolate and dark
fruits with a touch of cherries. Flavour is mostly chocolate with licorice, roasty malt, some dark fruits. Fairly thick palate, lingers a little bitter and roasty. Pretty nice standard imperial stout.
mbgrayson (617) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours jet black with tan head. Aroma of smoke and malts. Taste is smoky and a bit dry. Flavors of complex malts, fruit and tobacco. A very good imperial stout. Thumbs up!
andrewje41 (1265) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 Oz bottle pour split. Pours a near black color with a moderate head. Really fine coffee aroma with an aged feel to it. Medium to light body stout here with a really dry, wood like flavor finish. Overall a unique stout with good flavor. Good stuff
Ferris (7581) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Dark fruit, smoke and light cocoa. Jet black with a creamy brown head. Big start, liquorice, booze and roast malts. Really big beer, worthy of the Imperial.
dfearnley (1187) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass
Aroma of dark chocolate, nutmeg, a little soy, and worms(?). Black with a frothy tan head. Taste is toffee, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, but hey...no worms. There’s a slight late alcohol burn.
rodenbach99 (3515) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Une bière noire avec une mousse épaisse. Un nez de grains rôtis au chocolat et de houblons herbeux. Une bouche forte en poussière, de moyenne texture. Une finale sur les houblons résineux et herbeux fort décevante. (Bomber merci Pat).