argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 (2/9/05 -- cask) Black body with no head. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, strong dark chocolate. Very smooth full body. Yummy! (7/4/8/5/16). (1/17/03 -- aged in a J.W. LEE Harvest Ale cask) Black body with no head. Mildly sweet aroma, woodsy, hint of port. Sweet taste, with good bitterness. No carbonation, but the richness compensates somewhat. Very nice imperial stout. (7/4/9/3/17).
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
growler@Vero Beach Throwdown-pours a tan head that dissipates to a ring of bubbles and black color. Aroma is dark malt-licorice/chocolate, some acidic. Taste is dark malt-licorice/chocolate, some acidic-hops/alcohol bite. Thanks hopscotch for sharing.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: High Desert IS
Mode: Hand Bottled
Appearance: black, scant beige head,
Aroma: sweet dark chocolate aroma with a fruity winey character,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor with a nice roastedness for balance, milky sweetness from a dark caramel character, light bitterness,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
I would like to rerate this beer.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the source. Very dark brown color, small brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of rich chocolate syrup. Taste is thick chocolate ice cream soda. Very nice.
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Draft... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, tan head. Espresso, licorice, cherries, alcohol and dark chocolate notes in the aroma. The flavor offers blasts of burnt and bitter coffee and chocolate. Very malty and not-quite-balanced... but darned close. Quite a feat for a big ABV beer... 10.8%, according to the beer board. Full-bodied with lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter-sweet, burnt finish. World class imperial stout!
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a growler shared by maniac. Thanks! Thickly coating yellow-black color. Looks rather medicinal, but I like it anyway. Smoky wood aroma with a little bit of offputting plastic. Astringent taste with fruity peach and grape notes. Lighter mouthfeel and almost feels like a wine to me. Dangerously drinkable.
3fourths (7859) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 GABF 2004 - Under the name Great American Restaurants High Desert Imperial Stout - Black body, medium sized brown head. Musty, leafy basil, plum, compost and cabbage aromas, with a piney sweet hop/juniper note as well. Flavor of wood and plums, average body, medium alcohol presence with a chalky and sour finish. I sampled this beer on two nights of the GABF, the first time being turned off by the vegetable/basil notes, but on the second night I was more impressed. Something I have at the top of my list for a rerate.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vanilla beans within the chocolate. Soy fruitiness somewhat bothers the quiet interplay of sweet malt emanations. Straightforward, obviously imperial stout.
Big bubbles enliven the multifaceted malt character. Chocolate and vanilla again come to mind, this time backed up by coffee beans, molasses, and cigar tobacco. Smoky fumes are evoked, as fruitiness lightens the sugar load. An efficient rendition of a most luxurious style.
A dark hood somehow commends respect.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2004 Completely opaque darkness with a 3/4" well-lacing tan head. Very rich complex aroma of sweet caramel and roasted malts, brown sugar, black berries, and a hint of oaky tartness. Starts rich and caramely sweet with a full, syrupy mouthfeel and a touch of smoke. Plum, molasses, and milk chocolate lead to a robust, lingering roasted coffee finish. Hides its alcohol very well and is tremendously balanced with a thick complex sweetness and moderate hoppy bitterness. Many thanks to jeffc666 for hooking me up with a growler of this gem!
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many, many thanks to Ken for the bad-ass growler! Poured a thick, near-black with a creamy, well retained, dark tan head.. sticky lacing stuck on the glass. The aroma was surprisingly hoppy after a couple glasses and as it got to room temp.. spicy and pine notes rode elegantly over rich layers of chocolate and light molasses.. dark and seductive, and it made me drink more than I should have. The flavor had dark, well-roasted chocolate at the core, with caramel imparting some sweetness.. heavy pine bitterness surrounded, and made this a very enjoyable, well-hopped imperial stout.. long sweet, spicy, and roasty finish. Heavier-bodied, warm, and well-balanced, especially considering the ABV.. grainy, warm finish lasted quite a while, and carried through a lot of the bitterness. Excellent beer!