gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bomber. Pours black with thick coffee head. Nose has a large grassy hop profile along with chocolate/coffee undertones. Flavor is similar with the chocolate in front this time and a great bitter citrus finish. Palate is creamy and smooth. Well done.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 Black colour with a small brown head. Coffee, chocolate, roasted aroma and a sweet coffee, chocolate, taste. Medium body with a sweet finish. 8-4-7-3-16. Re-Rate. 8-4-9-4-18 Bottle. Black beer with a medium brown head. The aroma is roasted, coffee, chocolate, fruits and hops. The taste is sweet chocolate, coffee, fruits and hops. Medium to full body with a dry light alcoholic finish.
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This stuff is big! Pours black with a short lived deep brown head. The aroma is roasted chocolate, with a surprisingly resiny, grapefruit hop kick. It has a great thick body, exactly what I want from an Imperial Stout. Huge resiny flavors which is a perfect balance to the thick chocolatey malts. Viscous mouthfeel, without being unpleasantly syrupy. Mocha roastyness, with a grapefruit hop middle and a long roasty dry hop and coffee finish. This is a rich, complex and satisfing brew, but it doesn’t have the drinkability of some other amazing Imperial Stouts (like Old Rasputin).
joergen (25604) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black coloured with a beige head.
Roasted aroma of coffee, dried fruits and hops.
Roasted flavour of coffee, caramel and chocolate with notes of hops.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Quite black coloured. Lots of hops, chocolate and coffee and some toffee and fruits in the aroma. The flavour is extremely well balanced with loads of bitter and juicy hop notes as well as darker coffee and chocolate notes. The roasty and the hoppy bitter and dry notes goes perfectly togheter with the soft and sweetish fruit notes. Full bodied. Slightly below medium carbonation level. Soft mouthfeel. Lingering aftertaste with the hops dominating. Excellent.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 22 oz. bottle via trade with JCapriotti and jasonmech77 - Pours a deep dark brown color with a good size tan head. Light spotty lacing. Has a nice citrus hop and light roasted malt aroma. Don’t find too many IS’s using the 3 C’s hops. I like it. Has a smooth chocolate flavor with a good bit of bitterness to boot. Medium to full body. Bitterness seems to linger a tad. Gonna have to sit on my other bottle for awhile. I like this beer, alot. When I start brewing again, this is what I’m shooting for. Thanks Jason.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Kick ass black with a reddish brown head. The head fades rather quickly, but that’s ok. She’s still a beaut. Lots of wonderful citrusy hop aroma. Hot cocoa and lattes. Lots of cocoa and dark roast coffee flavor. Hops are a major player as well. Big time bitter. Alcohol warmth. Maybe a bit on the thin side, but that just makes it quaffable. Really a top notch beer.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour, nearly black. Tan frothy head.
Nice roasted sugary malts with vinous hops. I like the sweet roasty hop character in this… reminds me of some of my favorite imperial stouts (Expedition, Batch 7000), just a little lighter. Either way, I love the flavor.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(22 oz. bottle (2006) from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co., cellared for 6 mos. after purchase) Good but not great...Pours very, very dark brown, almost opaque with 1/4" of brown head that recedes to a thin layer that stays. Aroma is initially quite hoppy then there is some chocolate and roastiness, perhaps some plum. Mouthfeel smooth, fairly full but a touch thinner than I would expect. Nice light rings of webby lacing. Flavor is mostly semi-sweet chocolate along with the hops. Light roastiness. A hint of plum in the finish. Alcohol well-hidden. This actually seemed more like a regular stout in terms of flavor - imperial qualities were the higher ABV, appearance and maybe palate. The hop presence kind of threw me.
KLandon (6) - St. Catharines, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This thick dark brown stout is everything one expects from an Imperial. Smoky and roasty with hints of chocolate and coffee.