LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle courtesy of my brother, Black95tt. Thanks Ryan! Poured a very nice oily black with a roasted burnt brown head that stuck around for a while. The nose of this beer is about as expected but still very nice. Lots of roasted and chocolate malts. After the initial presence of malt comes through a nice little bit of the columbus and chinook hops. The palate was a little thin to my surprise...I would have thought it would be thicker being an oatmeal stout (I thought the jahvah was thicker). Alcohol was not as noticeable as expected, and as a side note it was listed at 11 or 11.5% on the bottle...not the 12.5 listed here. Anyways as far as imperial oatmeal stouts go this one is one of the best...but I still think I enjoy BORIS more...but its close.
Ughsmash (6914) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 bomber. You can’t look any better than this.. very deep brown, bordering on black with a well-retained creamy medium brown head. You also can’t smell much better.. darker chocolates, some soy, and lots of well-toasted oatmeal.. absolutely decadent! The flavor is close.. the semi-sweet chocolate and oatmeal are well-roasted and would make for a great breakfast.. save for the booze!.. carmamel and more chocolate undertones with some sharper bitterness.. warm roasted chocolate and oatmeal at the long finish. Thick any syrupy on the palate with well-placed bitterness and a thick, full feel.. warm, full finish with some coffee bitterness. Great!!
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle from shadey)black body with a small dark brown head that leaves some lacing as it sits.the aroma is a complex mix of almonds,oats,alcohol,dark malts,chocolate,and molasses.the flavor is a more simple mixture of brown sugar,caramel malts,dark chocolate,powdered cocoa,and some cloves.the mouthfeel is a little thin for an imperial stout,and the flavors just arent bold enough.
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black color with a tiny, brown head. Sweet, boozy aroma, filled with caramel, chocolate, and malt. Initial bittersweet chocolate taste gives way to thick body loaded with roasted malts. Definite oat character displayed here. Finish is a touch bitter with a hint of licorice and toffee. Surprisingly easy drinking for being such a big beer, it’s only lacking a touch more complexity. Worth seeking out.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rich, dark brown in color with just a little head showing. Not a whole lot going on in the nose, but WOW, Southern Tier has nailed the perfect mouthfeel. This is thick, roasty, creamy and easy drinking. This is so thick it’s borderline chewy. This beer is very well done. Didn’t even notice the alcohol til about two thirds of the way through the bottle. I started to get that warming sensation at about that time. They used oats in abundance in this thing. Plenty in the taste as well as roasted malts and plenty of bakers chocolate. Southern Tier is doing very well with their "Big Beer" series. Keep up the good work.
IrishBoy (3686) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Odeed; Nose of oats, chocolate, and vanilla, Opaque black with brown edges but very little head (tan) with some of the bubbles sticking to the glass sides; flavor has roasted nuts, chocolate and a small hop presence which is overcome by the light alcohol in the finish. Mouth feel was bubbles tingling the tongue and the body light-medium. Good but not great!
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a dark black color with brown edges and an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate, smoke, roast, coffee, and lightly earthy. Tastes of dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, oats, and lightly earthy. Overall the alcohol content was well hidden.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Poured into snifter pitch colored with a thin brown head. Aroma of molten chocolate cake, espresso and dark roasted, even slightly burnt hazelnuts. Sweet chocolate, dark roast coffee and molasses flavors with a permeating smoky charred leaf note. A bit of a pruney lactic tartness underneath as well as some good hop presence. An oily body leaves some syrupy stickiness on the lips. Gets kind of cloying after a while. If I had my druthers, I’d trade some of the sweetness for more roastiness, smoke and hop, but still a pretty good impy.
TomDecapolis (4332) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - SEP 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black with a bubbly/creamy deep tan head. Aroma of cherries, chocolate, some floral notes, molasses, hints of alcohol. Flavor was very roasty, dark chocolate, smoke, coffee, some chinook hop flavor, hop bitterness that help to balance. Just a very complex aroma and flavor...would age nicely as well.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Pours black with an almost non existant tan head, too thick to leave any lacing. Aroma, rich chocolaty malts, roasted notes, oats, and coffee, some earthy notes from the hops. Flavor, big malty tones up front, roasty, oats, chocolate, a good deal of hops, that lend a nice bitterness to this beer, though it comes across as a roasty earthy tone. The mouthfeel is just decadent, rich and thick, and ever so smooth. This stuff is outstanding.