ansermadide (1408) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark and black with a bubbly, glowing reddish/brown head, itís definitely more glowing in appearance compared to other imperial stouts. It has a definite aroma of brandy barrels, almost more brandy and wood character present in the nose than imperial stout. Itís soft, clean, and almost watery in the mouth. The flavor is very easy, much like cherry chocolate, with brandy character but without practially any alcohol flavors. Itís interesting... Iím not as impressed as I thought Iíd be, but itís still very nice and it has a distinctive, noteworthy fruity flavor.
XmnwildX12 (2072) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had at Denver Rare Beer Tasting V, from 2008, had some great tart fruit notes from the brandy and the chocolate was nice and creamy.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Alex for this growler... A few weeks old, canít comment on the appearance but theres no head and mouthfeel is weak too. I presume this could have been even better... Incredible nose, very sweet, tons of the brandy comes through, like candy. Not much of RIS character... The taste is sweet as well, not so sweet to detract but not as good as the nose. Would love to have this again.
Jow (1663) - New York, USA - MAR 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at DeCicios tasting pours jet black with rich boozy aroma. Tastes of lots of dark chocolate, some vanilla, smokey, apple brandy sweetness, and some coffee. Warming finish, this is a monster beer for one in the afternoon
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I headed over to try the last log of this stuff around in Portsmouth. I happened to walk through the door of the bar and bumped into one of the brewers enjoying the last few glasses too.
I received a smutty tulip glass with a good two finger worth of tan head that laced out well and with a swirl of the glass I could bring it back. The body of the brew was a typical stout black with a light ring of amber around the edge of the glass when held to the light.
The aroma was quite different than their regular stout. You get some awesome chocolate sweetness and apple notes every time I brought it to my nose. There is also a nice oak note coming thru as well as some roast.
The flavors are a lot less hoppy than the regular stout the apple brandy sweetness with the oak and a nice dimension to a stout flavor wise the sweetness of the stout and the bitter roast blended perfectly. The mouthfeel was spot on for me thick and sticky. There was a slight alcohol heat. I do think that a little more time might have tamed that down some and made this brew extremely dangerous to drink.
I finished my two glasses I had to work the next day or I would have had more It was a great way to chase off the winter doldrums. I hope they make some more next year
Serving type: on-tap
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at FoBAB 8. Pours looking like a fantastic Imperial Stout, brown/black with dark tan head. Nose is quite nice. There is a perfume quality from the apple brandy that interplay quite well with the roast and fruity notes of the stout. Some roast and milk chocolate as well. On taste, it is a very full flavor, nice floral aspects, moderate bitterness and excellent balance that tie it together. Some clean apple brandy notes as well. Very interesting one.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
[BBD 10] Opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, some oxidation apple brandy, smoke, and alcohol. Taste of apple brandy up front, with some vanilla, roast, smoke, dark chocolate, oak, some oxidation, and light alcohol. This was a real hit!
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at The Gate. The aroma is surprisingly simple, light, not boozy, with a pinch of apple, some glue, evergreen sap. There is alcohol burn in the flavor, kind of vile, with grassy notes and vodka. Not very good.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler shared by DuffmanSW from trade by laroja. Poured dark brown/black with thin brown head. Aroma was apple cider, candied caramel apples, and brandy. Taste was oak, brandy, alcohol, mint, coffee, chocolate. Medium carbonation and a little on the thin side. Overall this was amazing. What a great beer!
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
32oz growler shared by DuffManSW, thanks Sean. Rating #14. Another pitch black Impy Stout. Fantastic aroma, light apple, dark fruits (raisins), and some brandy. Flavor was a little thin at first, but grew on me as I supped from my cup, more brandy and dark fruits, very rich and boozy, just how I like it., very tasty stuff, this would be nice bottled if anyone is listening. (1316)