BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and rating #1900
Pours nearly opaque with coppery highlights, an initial creamy tan head and good lace. The aroma has notes of black patent malt and chocolate malt, raisin, prune, molasses, floral hops, and a hint of espresso. The taste starts with a nice balance of bittersweetness heavy malt notes finished off with coffee and mild bitters. Additional undertones of mocha, prune, and a touch of sea salt. The feel is a bit underwhelming all things considered. Seemed to be oily and lively enough, but thinner than I expected. Quite good but does not rank in my top 10 impy’s which is hard list to break anyway. Beer geek worthy
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Blind Tiger in NYC. Pours very black with a thin white head. Enjoyable aroma and taste, espresso chocolate, all the good stuff one expects in a notworthy imperial stout. Almost too heavy for a spring evening, but I was the one who ordered it. Very good, very enjoyable. Recommended.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark with a brown head with really impressive sheeting. Nose has bitter chocolate and coffee with a raisin/molasses sweetness. Also nutty with a bit of noticeable alcohol. Flavor is dry and roasty up front, plenty of sweet dark chocolate. Rich. A good imperial stout, but nothing particularly unusual for the style here.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle provided by jimmacko4 at the jimmack invitational. pour is a solid black, so dark it not only blocks light, but seems to absorb it, topped by a tight layer of coffee colored creamy foam. aroma is rife with coffee, alongside some molasses. flavor was very rich and nicely balanced, starting with smooth almost burnt coffee, giving way to sweet chocolates and tailing off into a late hop bitterness. mouthfeel was thick and velvety, and although this was a 2005 vintage, i thought it was much fuller and smoother than the same vintage Dark Lork. thanks jim.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle courtesy of Eyedrinkale. Opaque black with a creamy tan head. Not used motor oil thick but still thick. Roasted malt and sweetness in the aroma. Typical IS choco-coffee aromas and flavors. A nice IS but man o man the level of variation amongst ISs is close to zero. Full bodied though not as thick as others, which IMO is a good thing.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black color with a thin light brown head. Excellent aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Excellent flavor of roasted and dark chocolate with a roasty, bitter finish. Full body with a dry mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Excellent stuff, Southampton did it again!
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from jimmack at the Jimmack invitational gathering. Deep dark brown, tan head. Aroma is roasty with coffee, chocolate, and a touch of alcohol. Malty chewy, roasty coffee and chocolate flavors. Light hop/malt bitterness. Bitter dry finish. Slighty better than Santa’s Little Helper from PP.
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Tasted at a beer tasting at Jmmack. Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Nice lacing. Chocolate coffee aroma. Chocolate and caramel notes. Raisiny. Very malty. Full bodied. Sweet tasting. Creamy and smooth. Roasty flavor. Well balanced beer. Enjoyable and drinkable.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 I tasted this in a blind tasting last Sunday and it came out # 10, out of 19 different Imperials. I noticed my score was fairly low considering the norm, so that, on top of the fact that I didn’t take notes at the blind tasting, Pdee and I cracked a bomber tonight and shared it. Perfect appearence for an Imperial, inky black, with a huge, creamy and fat head, which appears muddy brown in color. The aroma is fairly subtle, with coffee bean and mocha hints, a slight note of chocolate and sharp, resinous aroma hops. Flavors begin with sharp anise notes, which lead into light grape and vanilla flavors, followed by a slightly chocolatey and coffee malt finish. Yet it remains flooded with aroma and flavor hops, particularly on the finish, which delivers a bitter and citrusy finish, and completely manhandles the assumingly great malt finish. At first the mouthfeel was a bit fizzy but it tamed and settled and eventually ended up being quite nice. I usually love Southampton, but definately not this one.
8 Month old bottle: The agressive, crude hoppiness of the initial batch has tamed substancially, both in the aroma and the flavor, yielding a balanced hop character right now, whereas the original batch was way over the top. Opaque black color, with a full, light brown head. After the aroma hops subside, a rich malitiness overwhems the senses, with a coffee ground, fudge character, with hints of charred fruits. Still hints of hops in the aroma, albeit light. Flavor has improved in a shocking manner, revealing the magic that the agressive hop rate concealed. An array of gummy, charred fruits and chocolate blanket, while the finish leads into a lightly alcoholic and lightly bitter hop finish. This really had molded into a classy drink. I look forward to seeing further improvement, but, unfortunately, my original fresh bottle rating still stands. 8/4/9/4/17
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 Bottle. Great aroma of vanilla and hints of chocolate and roasted malts. Color is opaque with a thin brown head. Taste is big vanilla, sweetness, chocolate. Perfect finish is long, hoppy, delicious. Mouthfeel is soft, velvety. This is pretty much what I look for in an IS- I feel the hops and the mouthfeel were spot on. Had it in a blind tasting and though it was DM’s Imperial. Wow. Easily one of my all time favorite imperial stouts.