biznizness (1121) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, Iím surprised to see this at only 7% ABV, because it sure tasted like there was more. Great aroma and look, but a little too much alcohol bite. Overall, loved it.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of hops, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Deep burnt coffee and chocolate tones, lots of hops too. Very thick and creamy texture. This is great imperial. i want more :).
Terminus (3302) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-DLD06 thanks to Richlikebeer for the sample and for generously giving me a bomber to take home. Pours deep brown, almost black with small tan head. huge piney hop aroma, akin to alpha klaus. I dont think i have ever had an imperial stout with this much dry hopping. Definately unique and a nice twist to the style (im a hophead). some roasty undertones after the hop barage. flavors are piney, char, expresso, baking chocolate. body is a little lite for an imp stout, but then again, this one isnt that high gravity. Very nice strong stout in my book! I will revisit this beer soon!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 bomber, with a HUGE thanks to Clark!
Moderate viscosity yet opaque in the snifter with cherry cola colored edges. Some beady bubbles form a wrung while an amoebic sheaf in the center makes up the rest of the head. Consecutive pours yield a tight-packed, deep, thin tan head which reduces soon thereafter. Aroma is striking and dramatic. Black patent, bittersweet chocolate, black licorice, sugar-starved espresso grinds and dried black currant scraped into peppered prune juice. Hints of burnt brown sugar bridge the nose to mouth. This oneís a big boy. Dry, profound flavor abundance and a downright blackened prowess. Black licorice and a burnt, bitter peppercorn persona. A sweet dark dance of sooty french roast snatched from the burr grinder, and luring caramel integrated into stark dark chocolate toffee lozenges. Kissed by flame and broiled to perfection. Itís like steamrolling the tongue onto a baristaís countertop. Dark, heavy palate load and itís difficult to even push the tongue through to get a crack at it. This bottleís a youngen, but damn does Smutty know how to walk the line of aggressive balance. Dry finish, ridding the palate and begging for liquid replenishment. This one mandates slurping to catch it in the mouth, and once itís there, itís oh so good to suck down.
Kevin (2116) - 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 (3155) - 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.