SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown/ruby/black. Small, tan head. Aroma of vanilla beans and concentrate, butterscotch, and bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is similar, more bitter. Palate is too thin for the flavor profile, balanced carbonation. A bit of a let down after the aroma.
LinusStick (2739) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Blah. This is the usual boozy impy stout. The aroma is perfect, however. Strong vanilla and chocolate mix that knocks your socks off. Pour was a nice deep brown/black with only a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was extremely hot and alcoholic. The strong vanilla and chocolate seem like they are there to mask it rather than to be tasted. At times it tastes extremely sweet and delicious. At others the alcohol are just too overpowering. Odd and unbalanced.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Publick House, Brookline. Pours near jet-black with tan head. Vanilla and Irish cream wafts from a few feet away. Like sticking your nose into chocolate caramel. Cognac alcohol character, very sweet treacle, faint roasted malts, mild coffee bitterness. A delicious dessert treat, though difficult to tell it’s a beer.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
22oz bottle. Aroma: Sickeningly sweet caramel aroma as soon as I pop the cap. Vanilla extract. Some coffee and chocolate notes if you dig for them. Appearance: Black in color with small brown highlights. Dark tan head was full and creamy with good retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Whatever flavors this beer possessed are overwhelmed by the flavors of burnt caramel and vanilla extract. Palate: Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Light alcohol warmth in back of mouth. Overall: Drainpour. This beer suffers from the same problem that Chocklat did: Overwhelming ’fake’ extract flavors. Nauseatingly sweet caramel flavor and low quality vanilla extract bury anything else going on here. Not for me.
Arayaga2 (1747) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, with a dense tan head. Aroma is sweet caramelized milk. Tastes just as it smells... liquid candy with darkly bitter roasted edges. Too early to tell, but it may become cloying and vomity as the bomber approaches finished. Fantastic initial tastes tho. $9/22oz
pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2008
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I can see I am in the minority on this one. The nose is very nice, like chocolate cake and creme brulee. The mouth feel was just too thick. The vanilla alcohol burn was a bit too much. Add on to it the lactose. But I would deftinately use this for desserts as an ingredient.
IrishBoy (3726) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at RBSG; smells like creme brulee, caramel, and vanilla; black with a small tan head; flavor is alcohol, hop bitterness, creme brulee, and caramel.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma emminates a brown sugar reduction, some Tia Maria notes and a huge malt, mahogany, red at the sides, tiny cream head. Incredible array of flavours, among them are caramel, toffee, brown sugar, yes vanilla also. Mdium bodied, complex, sweet, alcohol is completely muted. Majestic! This beer was eight days old when I had the pleasure of enjoying it, one of the best beers I’ve samplesd in a long while.Thank You Very Much Ron!!
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Medium chocolate brown pour, somewhat transparent, to a black body, and a creamy skin of tan latte froth. Absolutely cloying, thick sweet nose of vanilla extract or a vanilla liqueur, custard, milk chocolate, butterscotch and caramelized sugars. Buried beneath there’s a bit of chewy malt, still very sweet, in raw chocolate chip cookie dough. Nothing at all outside of sugar and syrupy milky dessert.
Flavor is a little darker with a whimpering hint of roast malt, which is quite beneficial even in its severest of shyness, while the main characters remain in the realm of custard, brown sugar and burnt sugar, obesely. The consistent extract-like falsified sweetness hinders this attempt at overbearing bombastic dessert from coming off wholly authentic, as hard to take as even that might be, and that’s unfortunately quite bothersome.
Smooth, velvety palate, quite full, with gentle carbonation that can’t quite cut through all the cream. Semi-sweet chocolate finish, comfortably malty, before leaning toward custard and sugar again; fairly short and forgiving, and even a touch of woodsy bittersweetness finally arrives. Altogether, it isn’t poor execution given its direction, but it can’t achieve the purpose of a dessert beer in as satisfying a way as a concept like Choklat did, simply because it is something that turns out too absurdly sweet to even be called decadent.
nimbleprop (4160) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle sampled at my first imperial stout tasting. Aroma sweet and extremely powerful with intense vanilla from a mile away and some coffee with cream up close, brown sugar and caramel. Some would rate this aroma lower due to the lack of complexity, but the aroma alone made my mouth water and was extremely inviting. Looks good too, flat, watery black. Flavor is all the same, tons of vanilla, light coffee, brown sugar, caramel, custard, etc. Creamy on the palate with a sweet after taste. No indication of the alcohol. Of the 16 or so Imperial Stouts tasted this was the most preferred along with Great Divide Oaked Yeti. Great idea and executed extremely well. Grab it while you can.