Brigadier (3490) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz botttle
I am always willing to try a new imperial stout, especially one that is getting good reviews. This was a fresh bottle from Riley’s in Wisconsin. If you are drinking it by yourself allot plenty of time to enjoy it. This is not a sessionable beer to be quickly rated.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep black body was the perfect example of an imperial stout though perhaps a little more fluid than I find ideal. A one finger tan head stubbornly refused to die down until the final pour. Oat, raisins, black cherries, expressos and plums do not disappoint. Velvet chocolate cake, truffles and other semisweet aspects wait if you let the beer warm a little more. There is even a hint of smoke eventually.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel is dense and chewy yet not suffocating. Expresso, truffles and plums immediately come to mind but there are many things going on here. Anise with a slight bitterness is a nice treat. Blackberries and cherries lend a dark fruity character that is accompanied by a mild bitterness. The alcohol is never evident until you begin to feel it hit the system. This one would be interesting to age in barrels as I think oaky notes would compliment it well.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 Bottle. Pours a near black with a generous brownish tan head that dies into an even layer that stays throughout. Aroma of dark chocolate and flavor that has hints of coffee along with dark chocolate. This beer is huge, but there is a slight creaminess that hides the alcohol. There are different sensations of malt sweetness and hop bitterness/dryness on different parts of the tongue at the same time. I loved this beer!!!!!!!
DrnkMcDermott (2988) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/frankf Liquors, Frankfort. Starts out with a yeasty bitr, or maybe that’s from the cold I’m trying to shake. Dark brown body with tan foam atop. A lighter alcoholic smell and taste that other high=gravity stouts. Still a bit of astringency despite the oatmeal texture. This likely woould be pretty smooth if laid down for a few months.
jtw (1151) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
out of a 22 oz bottle, the beer pours a blackish brown accompanied by a moderate tan ring of foam and bubbles. sweet and starchy initial aroma, from the oats and sheer volume of malt required for an 11% brew. behind the sugar is a bit of alcohol and green hops - bitter grapefruit and vine, and plenty of bitter roasted barley. very good.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice pour, a pitch black body with a creamy brown head and heavy Belgian lacing. It has a dark chocolate aroma complemented by oats, dark roasted malt, cold coffee, and a suggestion of dark dried fruit. The mouthfeel is creamy, but it also has a slightly granular feel to it. The flavor adds some chocolate covered nuts and mild aniseed. Sweet chocolatey finish. The alcohol is pretty well hidden throughout, making this a dangerous drink.
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joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Southern Tier’s Oat gurgles from the bottle like a quart of oil.Pours black without a hint of light being able to sneak through. The beers body is so black it just swallows any light in it’s path. A small ecru head formed on a hard pour and just wouldn’t grow any farther. The head disappeared quickly and the swirling looked like our galaxy swirling in space. The collar did stick around though.
The nose is good but not near as intense as I expected for a brew this huge. Smell has a solid dark fruitiness up front and throughout. Blackberry, black raspberry and a faint hint of bing cherries Roasty malts and mild coffee comes through in the middle. Spicy booziness toward the back combines with a distance but noticeable pine/aspirin like hoppiness. The berries are noticeable throughout.
Flavor is right in step with the aroma. Roasted grain and black coffee mingle very nicely with the dark berries. Light cream on the finish along with the pine and aspirin like hoppiness. This beer is a mind bender. It seems to change with each sip either showing more fruit, coffee, or hoppiness. That’s one aspect I really enjoy, an ever evolving brew.
The mouthfeel is heavenly. Heavy bodied but incredibly silky smooth. Just lays on the tongue with hardly any carbonation noticeable. Excellent mouthfeel!
Drinkability is good considering the abv. I could sip this till I fall asleep and tonight it will probably be as soon as this bomber disappears.
Another good brew from Southern Tier. This is from the Blackwater series. Is this the first? And what’s the difference from the Imperial series? Is the Blackwater series all stouts? Enough ramblin’ I just want to try them all.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1pt 6oz bottle $7.89. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, and resin hops. Small tan head that fully diminished and left no lacing. Ruby/Black hue. Flavor is espresso and nutty malts with a little sweetness and a short finish. Very smooth brew. Palate is oily flat and full bodied. Just a fantastic brew from beginning to finish. Was able to coax a mostly lasting creamy head with a long pour. Would be perfect but it’s a little lax on intensity and the head was a disappointment.
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at Tampa Gathering. pours black with no light escaping with a khaki head.the nose was woodsy with some alcohol.Chocolate, coffee, dark fruits with a small bitter bite.
Arayaga2 (2080) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black with a small chocolate colored head. Roasty aroma with sweet brandy-like hints. Taste is figs and chocolate. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel is almost like a chocolate shake, with a delicate mocha aftertaste. Incredible at $8/22oz
thornecb (5365) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 "Oat". Pours a thick black into a snifter. Little head on vigorous pour. Chocolate and espresso aromas. Sticky and oily yet somhow crisp, with upfront sour chocolate and a lasting bitter espresso-covered licorice and soy alcohol burn finish.