JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Belmont Party Supply, Dayton. Dark brown pour but resembles a soda more than a beer, a bit too light and watery looking for the style (imperialized or not). Decently carbonated, medium silky head. Nose is heavy on the mellow chocolate notes with only a slight toasted note in there. That impression was certainly borne out in the taste, and though it wasn’t unenjoyable if approached as an aged, borderline oxidized brew, it also wasn’t what I was hoping for.
stoutchap (422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a bad dark lager. I was expecting more with the word Imperial on the label. A light roasted malty character in both the aroma and flavor. A darkish pour and thin mouthfeel. Better than a plain lager. But not nearly as great as a porter or stout in my book. Not really sensing the reported 9% alcohol.
Gription79 (2830) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Notes of roasted malts, fruity, caramel, slight oxidization, chocolate. The Schwartz is strong with this one. That is right, I picked the low hanging fruit.
arminjewell (9260) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thanks Amy! Dark black oour with thin to no tan head, aroma has notes of chocolate, biscuit, smoke, slight bread, toffee, slight roast, with a hint of coffee. Taste is dark fruit, chocolate, biscuit, toffee, metallic notes, hints of roast, finishing fairly sweet, dark fruits. Pretty nice.
Nephilium (1696) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of roasted notes coming through in this one. Pours an opaque black, with just a dusting of off-white head. The flavor for this one is complex, there’s roasted and coffee notes, as well as a touch of dark fruit. The alcohol is well hidden, especially for a 9% beer. There’s a lingering roasted finish, with the dark fruit coming out there as well. Not a heavy beer, and definitely one you want to sip.
jcos (1784) - Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Bottle on May 2nd, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a dark black with white head/
Aroma: Arroma is mostly of bready malt.
Taste: Smokey, bready, heavier in malt, low bitterness.
Summary: Nice Space Balls reference! I enjoyed this beer, though I don’t know if I need an imperial version of it.
jtclockwork (14944) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to JStax. Pours black with off white/tan head. Nose/taste of roasted black malt, vanilla, chocolate, grains, mixed nuts and burnt malt. Medium body.
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Not much in the way of aroma...light chalky roastiness...mildly boozy. Flavor is roasty with some dark chocolate and burnt notes...spicy hop notes. Mouthfeel is light/medium with a roasty/burnt finish.
portableparty (2281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from jmikolich. Pours clear dark brown (black once in glass) with a quick thin off white head that leaves a tiny ring around glass. Aroma has roasted malt and slight tobacco with faint peat. Taste is all the above with the peat showing its self off with the roasted malt all mixed in and a warming calm finish. Palate is medium and slick with a drying finish. Drinks well!
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Thin, light brown head, fades a bit. Pitch black color. Light, crisp carbonation. Smooth texture. Taste is just a sort of salty spiciness. Impressively, there is pretty much no alcohol taste. Just a slight warmth. Aroma is kind of puzzling, it’s not bad, there’s just not much there. Somehow, this really is a lager.. Just a slight toasty aroma. Interesting brew.