tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle provided my mreusch
Reall nice aromas of raisins and berries. Oats, roast, and cream.
Dark brown with some red highlights. Light brown head.
Pretty creamy with aggressive roast and coffee character.
Very silky, velvet alcohol warmth.
Tasty stuff. I’m glad Matt had another bottle.
Lowe1983 (1346) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black color with a brown head. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, and caramel malts. Flavor is pretty sweet up front with the molasses, dark fruits, and caramel malts up front. Finishes bitter with the chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Some alcohol warming on the finish. Pretty good.
Ibrew2or3 (6846) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours like a deep dark roasted cup of coffee with thin light brown head. Light aroma that starts off smelling like a chocolate milk shake. The mild aromas come through as roasted malts, chocolate malts brownies and brown sugar. Nice but light. A thick mouth feel ushers in roasted malts, molasses, sweet malts, light dark roasted malts and mild astringency. I don’t get much sense of oatmeal. Good beer though.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to pantanap for this beauty.
Pours black with a thin brown head. The flavor and mouthfeel are creamy, chocolatey, wow. I absolutely loved it. The finish has a warming to it.
Dorwart (2371) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin dark brown head of dense creamy bubbles. Rich roasty aroma with lots of toasted grains, molasses, black cherry and some sweet malts. Color is a very dark brownish black. Thick and very full bodied. Sweet and malty with loads of roasted grains, molasses and chocolate. Not really bitter at all. Velvety smooth mouthfeel that is almost chewy. Noticable alcohol presence that makes the lips tingle and the gullet nice and warm. The oats are really present in the body and give this brew tons of mouthfel and character. Finishes thick and creamy and delicious. Lingering roastyness and alcohol. A great imperial stout!
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2009 Pours deep, dark brown with a small brown bubbly head. Strong aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, lactic sugars, light roasted coffee, and some piny/herbaceous hops. Sweet lactic and bitter chocolate flavors hit hard upfront like a bitter malted milk ball, then quickly recede into slightly bitter roasted coffee, and grassy/piny hops, but keeping up that sweetness as an undertone all the way through. Would’ve certainly pegged this for a milk stout if I didn’t know better. Palate is full, creamy, a bit grainy (like chocolate with high cocoa content), fairly sweet, and oily. That’s a damn fine impy stout that is sure is sure to drink nicely for years to come. Delicious.
NJBeerman013 (1045) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber - One of the best Imperial Stouts I have had to date. Pours a thick, murky, midnight black with a fluffy, lasting brown head. This beer is huge on both aroma and flavor. It is very sweet with a huge chocolatey malty flavor. As it warms the alcohol makes more of an appearance. The mouthfeel is thick and rich with almost an oily consistancy. Simply excellent.
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) Small tan head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel, some vanilla, coffee syrup, light grapefruit/floral, alcohol. Taste is sweet, chocolate, oatmeal, some coffee, molasses, burnt, light grapefruit. Boozy with medium alcohol burn. Full body, smooth and sticky.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma nothing really spectacular jumps out at me a light alcohol, oat and chocolate. Poures a nice swirling black with a dark chocolatey head. Flavor is just yummy, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla. Palate is nice and full. Overall, I like this very much, may need more.
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. As it pours out a thick blackish brown liquid, I think this could be good. The head forms slowly, so plan accordingly as you pour. Leave yourself a little room... 2 to 3 fingers’ worth of space for the khaki froth. Aromas are not that complex... milk chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy... with a touch of heat from the alcohol. The first thing to know about the flavor is that it is very sweet... malty chocolate, vanilla and oats mix together and the whole thing borders on being just simply too much sweetness, but then in comes the alcoholic warmth and a little bit of a bitter note. Still, I’m not totally sold on the blending... could be a bit less sweet and I’d be happier. I may have to buy one and sit it in the cellar for a few years just to see what that would accomplish.