Overml01 (225) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Fort Wayne release party at CS3. Very nice Impy Stout, but I didn’t get much barrel aging from the taste. Coffee was present but not overwhelming, just how I like it. Closer to the true russian impy style with a bit more bitterness than I prefer, but like I said, nice. Some dark fruit and caramel in there, but also not as forward as expected. If anything, I’d say this a bit on the mild side compared to many examples of the style being put forth by breweries here today. That isn’t a bad thing though... this deserves being tried.
bdigital (652) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour...nose is heavy on lactose sugar, dark fruits, coffee and some Heath Bar. Full bodied...very sweet, lactose comes through immediately with some black cherry, plum, vanilla and coffee coming through to finish it off. Good brew
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at Haymarket’s Sun King Takeover (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich blackish opaque pour, dark and ominous with a frothy light brown maybe tan head atop, laces small. Dies to a film. Aromas are rich touches of toffee, vanilla, gentle roast. Some mellow sweet toffee, caramel. Gentle toast, some oaky elements really shine as it warms. Gentle kiss of dark fruit grows much stronger on swirls. Initial is offering mellow sweetness of toast, roast, some richer caramel, gentle dark fruit. Anise and some dark fruit, dry roast catch on into the middle and backend. A touch of stickiness and bigger malts offer some presence as we get there. Toffee, caramel, black malts. Gentle roast but sweeter stickier thickness. Vanilla, gentle oak dryness, and faint spice from the oak. A lot of brown malt, a lack of complexity, and a thinness through the finish turns me off a bit. A solid Imperial Stout if not a big vague into the backend and characterwise. It’s a bit forgettable.
deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Haymarket. Pours black with a brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has a bit of beef jerky with lots of roasted malts, dark grains and dark fruit. Flavor starts with a bit of oak, dark grain and alcohol and finishes with some dark fruit and dark grains.
orangesol (562) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to kegatron for bringing a growler of this one to Stakem’s Fish Fry.
A - Pours jet black with a decent one finger tall tan head leaving small trails of lace down parts of the glass. Pretty standard stout pour here.
S - Smells of dark roasted malt, charred oak, coffee grounds, bit of cocoa powder and a bit of booze at the end of each sniff. The roast is strong, threatening to overpower everything else.
T - Starts off with a ton of dark roast and some light chocolaty sweetness slowly giving way to hints of fresh brewed coffee, dark fruits and a good amount of charred oak. The dark roast continues through the finish, lingering on the pallet long after consumption. A little rough but the base is strong.
M - Big, heavy body with lots of dark roasted flavors and moderate carbonation. The roast is strong at the beginning and only grows stronger. The booze is hidden pretty well for being 10%.
O - A pretty good stout. A little too roasty for me, I like my stouts to be more well rounded. If they can smooth out the rough edges of this one I think it could be really good.
JoePeesie (848) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a jet black with tan head. Nose and taste are a bit hop forward, with a nice blend of wood, toast, and coffee. Very solid offering.
alexsdad06 (3821) - Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared at Jackie O’s. Pours dark brown in color with a small tan head. The aroma is pretty straightforward; roasted malt, chocolatey, mild coffee notes and a slight woodiness. The flavor is roasted malts, chocolate and mild coffee notes. Nothing really pops, but there is nothing bad either. Canned Imperial stouts earn an extra point with me.
Tmoney99 (9598) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared at JO’s. Poured black color with a moderate to large creamy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate malt and coffee with a small alcohol aroma. Full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark chocolate bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good beer.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks bro! Pours like motor oil with a frothy dark tan head. Smoky aroma with a little bit of mocha. Sweet molasses, hints of dark fruit, and a warm malty and alcoholic finish. Medium to full bodied, with relatively smooth finish. This is without a doubt, the best beer that Sun King has put out. My only complaint is the lack of intensity in the aroma. This is what they need to take them to the next level.