Kevin (2103) - New Mexico, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2008 black body and a yellow head. grass hop nose. pleasant bitter roast flavor. grapefruit, sweet flavorwoody with a chocolate flavor. lingering licorice. good.
4 8 7 3 17
dark brown almost black w/an orange tinted head. nice to look at. smells hoppy w/pine & peanut butter and cocoa & an assload of booze,. cinnamon cracker flavor with a chocolate flavor. a bit thin, but good. lingering strawberry coffee flavor that is muy bueno.
5 10 7 4 17
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle conditioned in 2006. There are three sub-styles within Imperial Stouts, this one is among the hoppy stouts. For a second, I thought I had picked up a Rogue by mistake. Hops dominate just about every aspect of this. Aroma is more like an IPA than anything else. I guess itís a good aroma, just not what I was expecting. Thereís a faint coffee bitterness to the nose, but itís very faint. Since this is in bomber form, I had two glasses. The first glass was at cellar temp, the second at fridge temp. I must say that the fridge temp was much better. When at cellar temp, itís very hoppy ... and ... well, thatís about it. At fridge temp, itís still hoppy, but thereís a small bit of chocolate and dark fruit and a bit of coffee bitterness as well as a little bit of rum. I donít know, I guess if I want hops, Iíll drink an IPA. In a stout, I want malt. Thereís a reason you donít eat salad with a cup of coffee.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[2006 bottle] Pours a serious black color- aroma is that of sweet chocolate-covered cherries. Flavors are mostly dominated by coffee and chocolate, roasted malts and dark dried fruits. Kind of a thin mouthfeel, compared to some Imp. Stouts out there these days. I was definitely intrigued by the hop presence in this brew. It seems to pair very well with the strong coffee and malts.
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle
Thanks to whomever shared this at Dark Lord Day. For an imperial stout, I was not expecting so much hoppiness but there it was. Along with this I picked up some cherry aromas. The dark black body revealed a super hoppy coffee infused beer that also had caramel and cherry tones. Overall it was good but since I donít like hoppy imperial stouts, this one fails in that department. Overall, however, it was still somewhat enjoyable if a bit thin.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz 2006 bottle consumed on 4/25/06. Pours a black color with a tan/brown head. Nose is fresh juicy hops, some cocoa. Nice lacing throughout the glass. Palate is fairly thick with a stingy feel and a good bitterness in the finish. Flavors of juicy hops, cocoa, malted milk. Needs to be put down for a bit as it is still way too fresh.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2006 A very decent Imperial Stout, although it is lower in ABV than is typical. Roasty, malty and strong vanilla in both the flavor and the aroma. Strong hop prescence, and a decent strangely complex hoppy and cocoa-essenced finish.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a small, dark head. Very hoppy aroma, reminiscent of Legendís Imperial. The grassiness and pine is backed by molasses, toast, and a burnt metallic character. Begins with a smooth dark malt flavor and ends on hops and espresso. Bitter espresso aftertaste. The hops really blend well with the bitterness from the roasted malt. The espresso flavor is a bit too metallic, but a good beer overall.
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
If you like your stouts super hopped, this is for you. Tastes and smells like a field of wildflowers. Did improve as it warmed and the head was just lovely.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22. Pours black with a light brown, long lasting creamy head. Carbonation light. Aroma is of chocolate/roasted malt, coffee, and some hops. Taste is of deep, roasted malt and bitter, finish is bitter then slightly sweet.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice dark color. Smell of coffee and to my surprise, an overpowering amount of hops. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted coffee, a heavy amount of hops and bitter at the end. Wow! I canít belive the smell of hops in this stout. Its most I smelled in a stout yet. Its not a bad thing, itís a good thing. Me likey, me likey a lot!