DocLock (8016) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Capone’s. This one pours deep blackish with 2 fingers of deep brown head, definitely one of the darker brown heads I have ever seen. The aroma is blackstrap molasses, roasty dark patent malt, chocolate syrup, ovaltine. The palate is very rich, oily, complex, and hefty, giving flavors of dark roasty malt, chocolate syrup, molasses, and some mid-palate blackberry notes, all melded together very well, and giving a super smooth, creamy finish with no detectable alcohol. This is truly an amazing beer.
iowaherkeye (2695) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz, 2007 bottle. Black with a small tan head that fades to a ring. The intense roast has a good amount of tar, soy, and piney hops up front. Bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and light smoky ash come next. There is also a bit of berry. Flavor is ashier with a hint more of berries than the aroma had led on. Pine and tar and roasted malts all roll together exceptionally well in this. Sweetness never got out of hand thanks to the bitterness of the roasted malts and hops. I was actually expecting a little more bitterness, though this one peaked at a 3-4 (out of 10). Slick and creamy mouthfeel--full body with low carbonation--wonderful. Excellent beer.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours Black with a tiny brown head. Sweet roasted aroma. Chocolate and coffee flavors. Sweet with a slightly bitter end. Wonderful velvet smooth mouth feel. Awesome stout.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured pitch black out of the bottle with a nice dark tan head. Was excited to see this stocked at my local beer store. Taste was big chocolate, sweet malty notes, light fruit in there, then finishing with a rich hoppy bite, that had a touch of fine coffee liquer. Big beer that really comes together. Not the most complex impy stout, but refined and delicious.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2007 Near black color with a modest tight bubbled tan head that diminishes to a small lid and a fine lining of bubbles on the edge of the glass. Fairly simple aromas of light molasses, mocha and a touch of dark fruit. Keep looking for some alcohol, but I can’t detect it. Thick and chewy in feel, with enough "slickness" and zip so not to be mouth-coating. This is how an oatmeal stout should feel. Malt running amok noted from the first sip. If I wait too long my lips start to stick together. Much like the aroma, somewhat simple flavors, but very well balanced, and elegant. Malty and lightly fruity, with touches of melon and dates. Some tobacco, cherry and cedar woods seem to seep in. LIght coffee and brandy also come in the finish. LInger has a long and lasting roasted malt taste. I need to pick up a couple more of these for the upcoming winter months.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. Bottle: Sweet aroma. Smells of roasting, smoke, dark malts, oats, and a little bit of piney hops. Poured dark black in color with a small, dark brown, head that diminished quickly. Opaque. Appeared thick when pouring. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of chocolate, chocolate malts, roasting, smoked, piney hops, raisins, and a bit of alcohol. Full body. Viscous, chewy, smooth, texture. Soft carbonation. Chocolate and piney hop finish. A very good Impy Stout.
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome beer. Pours a black opaque with a thick, brown head and sticky lacing. The scent was barley, malt, oatmeal and some faint chocolate. The taste was perfect for an imperial stout with some oat, chocolate, barley, malt and coffee. The thing that makes this beer stick out is the smoothness and the play on the palate.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2007 Bottle - Dark brown pour with a very small tan head and some nice swirls of light color on top of the darkness. Aroma is sweet and full with fresh, roasty oat, some subtle coffee and chocolate, and a hint of fresh fruit. Flavor is a nice roasty-smooth oat mix that is sweet without killing the taste buds. Fresh-sweet fruits, egg-nog, cream, and chocolate are noticable. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with just enough hop bite to remind you that this beer is young - no alcohol taste (amazing considering the ABV and age). I am really impressed with this one - glad to see Southern Tier bottling this!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Rerate, 22oz bottle, sample #12 in a blind imperial stout tasting. Pours an oily, blackish color; minimal light tan head. Chewy toffee and dried red fruits in the aroma; leather and fruit. Lots of dried cherries, caramel, and sticky candy sugar; dense; light bitterness; some citrus and minerals coming through. Chewy, leathery imperial stout. Lengthy, candy sugar and dried fruit finish. 18.104.22.168.16=4.0
22oz bottle. Pours a very dark, brownish black color; slightly oily and viscous; thin, medium brown head with patchy lacing; I’d expect more pronounced head formation from an oatmeal imperial. Nougat and milk chocolate are the most prominent notes in the aroma, followed by charred malts, oats, and a definite show of alcohol; a bit boozy. Chewy, viscous mouthfeel: very dense dark chocolate and charred malts upfront; not nearly as charred as Otto’s Jolly Rodger or Mikkeller Black Hole, but definitely shows a darker side than the average imperial stout; feels almost heavy on the tongue, with tons of dried dark fruit, sticky nougat, and an intense chewiness; like chocolate-laden dessert, but without becoming overly sweet or palate demolishing; balanced, generous, excellent imperial stout, and one of the first new ones I’ve had in a while that truly deserves its high rank; oily, piney and mineral hops on the edges. Lengthy, milk chocolate and roasted malt finish; soft, pleasant end. 22.214.171.124.18=4.3
3fourths (8219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Light smoke and char with a heavy dose of oatmeal and milk chocolate in the nose, with some mild wood char, burnt meat and oil as well, but most of the aroma is the soft chocolate and oat scent. Extremely oily, viscous and soft on the palate, rich and sticky, very silky and smooth, rolling over the tongue like oil. Surprised and pleased to find that it does not taste overly charry, and the smoke is almost non-existant. Instead, it’s silky chocolate syrup, burnt but not abrasive malts, and a creamy coffee and oat flavor. Really quite good, but I prefer the Jah-Va more. I really don’t believe the 11-12% figure on this, there’s no way. If somehow it is true, it’s pretty amazing how nothing at all shows up. Even at a warm temperature there’s no alcohol noticed, but there is some ashy note in the finish.