IrishBoy (3882) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can from a trade; canít remember who sent it. Maybe Kaggie? Nose isroasty coffee, light chocolate, and yeast. Clear dark brown with a big tan head. Flavor favors coffee, roastiness, wheat toast, and hints of chocolate but no bitterness. Wish I could get this here in the cans for a goto stout; not as good as my favorite Kern River Class V, but excellent for being in cans. Great stuff!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep chestnut brown out of the can and sits almost black in the glass underneath a really frothy beige head. Itís a little light for a stout and shows through as a deep copper in light.
The aroma is heavily roasted black malts with burnt espresso and a shot of sweet cream.
The taste is excellent for a sweet or export stout. Itís got a perfect balance of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. There is a creamy sweetness that balances all the roasty character out in the taste.
The mouthfeel is seriously creamy and velvety smooth going down with lots of tiny bubbles and a super roasty finish.
This is an excellent stout. Admittedly, itís not exactly big enough to be considered an inpy stout but itís much more robust than most sweet stouts or export stouts. Not really concerned about the category though as itís really good either way.
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Canned. Poured medium, ruby-tinted brown with a towering cap of beige head. The aroma picked up toast and chocolatey malts with a bit of a buttery impression and some coffee accents around.. sweet and a little airy, with little semblance of "imperial" in there. The flavor found toast, semi-sweet chocolate, and a touch of tobacco with sweet vanilla and overripe coffee beans extending outward.. bitter and unnecessarily sharp on the finish. Medium-bodied with a scratchy and abrasive feel on the palate (there was smoothness beneath, but the other stuff took over).. just OK, and not so big.
zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pours dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, hops, and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, hops, na d alittle coffee. Nice, creamy body.
NachlamSie (2809) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
can from Binnyís. I canít believe Iím going to say this, but here is a classic example of imperial stouts being overrated. Let me make clear that I love the style and most of my favorite all time beers are imperial stouts. But here are my thoughts on this particular beer. I cracked open a can and poured it into a glass on this fairly warm spring day. I wasnít really in the mood for a stout, but I need to clear out the more winter-type beers before they get too old and I want to clear the way for more pale ales and hefes and the like. With this attitude, I was relieved that a more brown and lighter bodied liquid filled my glass. The aroma is mild, nutty, and milky with minimal roast. Pretty light palate on this one too. Itís almost, just almost refreshing in the heat. So my first thought is, "hey, I like this beer alright. Itís a nice lighter bodied,more sessionable stout. But I bet the ratebeer community is gonna score it kind of low because itís not a roastier, heartier ale." Thatís fine, people on the site like bigger beers, Iím not entirely exempt from that. So I log on to post my thoughts and I discover itís rated a 96!! Now, I like the beer pretty well, but I thought 96 was kind of generous. Then I see itís listed as an imperial stout. wtf. There is no way this is an imperial stout. This beer is simply too light to really be an imperial stout even if the alcohol is by some fluke actually that high. I can only assume that itís rated so high because itís labeled as being an imperial stout on the site. Maybe Iím wrong. I donít know. Anyway, this is an average, sweeter stout. I ponder if lactose is used in this because it certainly has a milky quality along with the malty, chocolatey flavors. The palate is creamy. Finish is quick with hints at hazelnut, milk, and chocolate. Decent lighter bodied stout.
Okay, okay. After I posted my rant/rating I read the other reviews. Many people made positive comments about it being a stout/brown ale hybrid, or being a sweeter stout masking the alcohol. Fine, thatís fair. I stand corrected.
ketchepillar (1152) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Lots of roasted barley and higher end crystals. Kinda harsh, particularly in the finish. Itís an odd malt harshness that isnít quite astringent. Noticeably melanoidiny. Similar to my own RB stout
Angelmonster (125) - Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a 2 finger cappuccino head. Body is extremely dark brown with some crimson highlights. Head retention and lacing are above average
Aroma is of roasted malts similar to a brown ale. There is also sweet milk chocolate, slight coffee, and some bubblegum fruitiness that is ofter found in Belgian ales. Hops and alcohol are very faint
Taste is smoky burnt malts. Similar to a scotch ale but with the addition of chocolate and coffee flavors. Pretty sugary beer that helps to mask the alcohol which at almost 9 percent is apparent but not overwhelming. Hops are slightly in the background.
Mouthfeel is good. Lots of carbonation for this medium bodied beer. Wish head contributed more to the overall consistency.
Drinkability was good. Sessionable for a strong stout. Not as good as the Left Hand Fade to Black I had acouple days ago but few beers are as good as that one. This beer has nice qualities of an Imperial stout, brown ale and scotch ale all packed into a can, would drink again.
CanIHave4Beers (3351) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Texas goes to Iowa 2010, thanks Sam. Pours a deep brown with a small head. The aroma is milk chocolate and lots of deep caramel and roasty tones. The flavor is lots of the same the chocolate, the oatmeal, the mocha like bitterness, the roastiness, this is some tasty stuff.
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can from Orland Park Binnyís single rack. Pours dark brown with one finger tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel. Flavors of roasted malts, coffee, and light chocolate. Finishes dry and roasty with some coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel seems a little thin. Decent stout.
Ratman197 (10196) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can poured a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt and bitter chocolate. palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malt and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering coffee finish.