NachlamSie (2535) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 draught. Super inky black with a bit of ruby around the edges. The tan head fades away to just a spotty cover for the body. I was totally taken by surprise when I took in the aroma: hops! It’s pleasingly piny and backed by thick coffee. The flavor is quite zesty for this style, there’s a bit of lemon and pine but is thick of coffee and cream with a bit of chocolate and smoked meat. Great take on the style.
[ March 16, ’07]
I was pretty excited that Sweetwater started to bottle this brew. I cracked one open and was quite disappointed. The huge, defined hop presence that had always been present before was very tame this time around. I’ll leave my rating as it is until I can try it a few more times.
[January 18, 2009]
Bottle of this year’s stuff. OKay, I had to revisit this one after not getting the obnoxious hop blast on my last sample a while ago. Well, it is here, and it is big time on. I love Sweetwater’s philosophy of hopping the crap out of everything. It really works here. The nose is pure IPA: just bold, dank, herbal citrus bitterness. The flavor is where it really comes alive. Yeah, I get the juicy, herbal, bitter hops and yeah, I get the dry, espresso-like roasted malts, but unlike most over-hopped American imperial stouts, this one really somehow meets in the middle and bold flavors at the opposite ends of the spectrum find a graceful harmony somewhere in the powerful clash . Big props to Sweetwater for keepin; it real in the south. This is a unique imperial stout, indeed.
[January 29, 2010]
On tap at Manuel’s Tavern and tonight I’m putting back some of the bottles out of the six pack from Hop City. Let me tell you something. This is THE HOPPIEST imperial stout of all time bar none. period. No other imperial stout even begins to approach the sheer power and clarity of the hops displayed in this mammoth brew. The initial thought is that such an obnoxious American hop onslaught would not work so well with heavy, roasty malts. Happy Ending dispels this notion. This beer is made of win.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2006 On tap at Mellow Mushroom Powers Ferry. The waitress told us this is an Imperial Porter, not an Imperial Stout. And that, it seemed to be. The aroma was kind of lacking, not much to it. A little smoke and a little bit o bittersweet chocolate. The appearance was a nice dark brown, almost black color with decent smooth tan head. The flavor/palate was smooth with just a hint of chalkiness, very malty, lots of chocolate malts and just a touch of smoke to round it out. It was hoppy but not overpowering. Just a decent, smooth, malt-compliments-hops beer. yummmm
Though i HATE that i can only get it on tap, especially when everyone I hang with is officially gone this week. So much for getting to have this again.
jrob21 (2167) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Elmyr and I think their lines are bad. This thing gave me a bitter gurgly feeling right from the start. I tried to look past the bad presentation and see it for what it is underneath. A seemingly smooth stout. Lacking in the unwanted port or overly roasted characteristics of some other representatives of this style. I need to give this one another shot.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
had this fine brew at the mellow mushroom on delk and powers. very dark, almost black. lots of hops in this one. very smooth thick chocolates going on as well. this is an a solid brew.
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2007 Draught and bottle, which are quite different... this rating is for the draught. Thick and black, with a very thin and quickly-disappearing tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted caramel malt and fresh citrus-y grapefruit. Taste is similar, a mixture of sweet and roasty malt and grapefruit hops. Alcohol is unnoticeable. Full-bodied mouthfeel, almost a little sticky. This is an interesting imperial stout. It manages to hold together, albeit just barely, and is quite original.
The bottle has some vague similarities, but has a thinner mouthfeel, less of the fresh citrus, and a big load of piney/sprucey hops. I would probably give the bottled version a 3.7.
SpringsLicker (2933) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Atlanta Cask Ale tasting.
Thick and black with a head that quickly becomes little more than a ring at the edge of the glass.
Chocolate and coffee in the aroma which is mirrored in the flavor. The hops are subtle and simply add to a bit of dryness in the finish. This needs just a tad more body to round it out.
brentfeesh (1206) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at the Atlanta Cask Ale tasting. Poured dark black with no head. Very oily looking (more so than any beer I’ve seen). The aroma had delicate hints of coffee and dark chocolate. The taste was lightly sweet at first with layers of toasted/roasted malt, creamy chocolate, and a well balanced hop finish that really contributes to the aftertaste. Oily mouth feel and full bodies. Bonus Points for the ad campaign.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On cask at the 2006 Atlanta Cask Ale Fest. Pours black. Aroma malty with some vanilla and wood. Flavors of the same. I think I remember having this one in bottle some time ago, and on cask it was a little disappointing. A lot thinner than I expected.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 This is not an imperial stout. It is a malty IPA. Reminds me of FFF Alpha Klaus. Nice flavor, but too much hops for a true imp. stout. Not true to style.
SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 on tap at parellis in carrollton. what a good find! dark ruby purple with a small white tan head. very sweet and hoppy. not as full bodied as i expected for a stout. more hoppy towards the finish with a decent roasted malt backbone. very unique with tons of hops. 3/25/06
well times have changed. the beer pours inky black with a small stable brown head. nose is veyr hoppy and floral for a stout in a sickly way. flavor is too hopped for me but thankfully in a floral fashion which is more palatable than the citrus version in a toasty stout style beer IMO. medium full body and sharp carbonation. doesn’t rank nearly as high as it did for me 6 years ago.