brokensail (12362) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a very dark brown, almost black, with a touch of red in the color when looked at in the right light. There’s a dense khaki head that sits on top.
S: This is one roasty imperial stout. In fact, the nose is mostly roasted malts with a bit of coffee and some licorice. There’s a touch of dark fruits, but not much chocolate. It’s also mildly acidic.
T: Again, the intensely roasted character is there and it gives the beer a pretty bitter and mildly acidic flavor. There’s a fair amount of earthiness, which I would assume is from the hops. Some bitter dark chocolate begins to come into play, and there are some pleasant fig and plum flavors.
M: The body is not overly impressive, but it’s not terribly deficient either; I’d call it medium. The carbonation is too.
D: While this beer does have some flaws, overall, it’s not too bad. I don’t know if I’d make an effort to have it again, but it wasn’t too tough to drink.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 Nicely balanced malty brew here. Pours black and syrupy. Man, you should have seen the beer come out of the tap, It just basically trickled out of that special stout tap. Seriously it came out so thick and syrupy I was waiting for about 3 min and that’s with a very steady nonstop pour. But oh was it worth it. A thick dark syrup with a huge dark/burnt malt backbone and enough syrup + sugar to balance everything out. Smooth and very GOOD.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2006: Clear and very dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was big on the chocolate. Seemed like a mix or bitter-sweet and milk. It would go back and forth. the flavor was sweet and roasty. Chocolate for most of the flavor then some bitter black coffee at the finish. The CO2 had a crisp bite to it.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2005
2.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma: light malts, milk, coco, some coffee, and dark fruits
Appearance: dark brown, large brwon head, medium bubbles, light lacing
Flavor: coco baking chocolate, acidity, and milk
3fourths (8480) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black body, medium sized tan head with light lacing. Light and sour malt aroma, milky and grassy with some cheese notes as well. Flavors of vanilla, vegetables and old fruit. Texture is gritty, the finish is metallic and astringent, and I really can not find any reason why this would win the gold for imperial stout style. I will try this again.