alexanderj (3341) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 Rerate; I think this bottle was from the same batch as my old rating; just with some age on it. Bottle said best by June 07. Poured a thick black with only a thin layer of light brown head. Aroma of oats, chocolate dust, caramel and roasted malt. I again didn’t like how the hops meshed with the other flavors. Liked it a bit less than last time; 3.6 to 3.5.
(Bottle; thanks to KieferUGA and kleyland for this one from Georgia. Pours black with a smallish brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, coffe, chocolate, and a hint of hops. Initially smooth, but ends a little watery. Another complaint is that floral hops are too pronounced and it doesn’t mesh with the other flavors that well. Some good roasted malt and chocolate flavors; hints of vanilla and coffee. All in all, probably rated about where it should be in my opinion.)
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose-hoppy, smells like the floor of the GABF. Body-opaque with a thin ring of bubbles and thin film of bubbles. Taste-mildly thin, toffee, light stout flavors. Just a run of the mill stout. Tastes like a hopped up porter. No big whoop.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours black with a khaki head. Aroma, full fruity notes, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. Flavor, coffee and fruits up front, chocolate, and a dry roastiness. Very smooth, medium bodied, and earthy finish that is slightly bitter.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No head, over a thick, dark brownish-black body. The aroma is filled with vanilla, chocolate, creme-brulee, coffee and a hint of hops. The flavor is similar, except that it is much less sweet than I expected from the aroma. Lots of vanilla in the flavor, along with roasted wood. Good overall.
notalush (5004) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from TBC2 (thanks, Matt!) - fairly opaque poor, with not much head to speak of - very woody (oak), hoppy aroma, with vanilla and spent coffee grounds, and touches of blueberry in the background - quite woody and dry up front, with strong bitterness, coupled with bright berry fruitiness - some cream and coffee arrive after that, along with some vanilla, brown sugar, and a light touch of caramel - fairly dry for an imperial stout, and the higher hop profile actually compliments this pretty well - not a great impy, but nice.
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Trade from Ross. Thanks for the Happy Ending! **snickering ensues*** Best enjoyed by 6/17/07. Pours a deep brown with light brown head that fades quickly. Aroma is of...wtf?? This is an imperial stout? What’s with the big hop profile? Ya, it smells good but in a imperial stout? Ok, ok, I’ll try it. Aroma is again, a substantial amount of floral hop notes, some roasted malt, light chocolate and caramel. Smells pretty good to me. Taste is citrus hops, light chocolate, roasted malt, light caramel and some light woodiness. This sucker is smooth as silk for being 9%abv. In fact I think this would be an excellent session beer IMHO. The finish is slightly watery, but I wouldn’t completely fault the beer for that. This was quite a unique beer, which to me, seems like a nicely woven impy stout and an APA. I’ll gladly take a Happy Ending from Ross any day, just make sure you wash your hands next time. Ok buddy?
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Newer bottle with a different label than the one listed. Despite much of the negative criticism, I did appreciate the intense hop profile of this imperial stout and the aggressive toasted malt character. I actually enjoyed this one. Maybe I got an odd bottle? I would have to agree that the body is on the thin side and not really up to an "imperial" standard, but what they were shooting for in this one is well represented. Hugely complex? No. Layers of wonderfully interwoven flavours? No. Simple stout that makes an attempt at doing something different, but without blowing your mind? Absolutely. If you’re into an intense hop character with your stouts and like alot of dark specialty malt, give this one a try. Just keep your standards low on this one.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle from pintocb. The pour is Coca-Cola brown, and formed a black mass with a froathy brown head in my snifter. The cascade dry hop comes through real nice. Past that, there is just a bunch of chared malt. Really watery mouthfeel is the death blow for this beer. With all that said, I’d sit and drink a sixer if given the chance. Thanks Larry.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2007 12OZ bottle VIA SHP555 and alexsdad06 (thanksguys!). Pours a near midnight black with a small tan head. Not getting much from the nose, most just some subtle chocolate. Taste is very roasty with a dry bakers cocoa in the finish, as well as a little coffee, and some citrusy hops. Finish is pretty dry with some chalkiness in the aftertaste. This is a pretty simple straightforward Imp Stout. Not bad...just simple. A bit high on the carbonation. Body is light/medium for an Imp Stout. Lower the carbonation and ditch the grapefruity hops, they are great in an IPA, but not in an Imp Stout imho....Average.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, dark pour, scant tan colored head. Very hoppy nose for an impy stout, sweet caramel under. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, slight carbonation. Hops come through in the flavor, finishes with coffee bitterness.