droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle courtesy of SpingsLicker. Pours an opaque jet black with a great foamy tan head. Good head retention that laces down the sides of my snifter. Aroma is absolutely wonderful, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate notes. Before I take a sip, Alesmith Speedway comes to mind. I am hoping it will be as good. The flavor doesn’t disappoint. Full bodied with a lingering mouth feel. Notes of roasted malt, and sweet chocolate and coffee flavors. Luckily Jay sent me 2 bottles of this stuff.
bmanning (142) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick, oily black with a thin, dark brown head. Aroma of rich coffee, oatmeal cookies, chocolate, and a hint of smoke. Wonderfully rich and complex flavor has more of the aromas, plus toffee, dark roasts, and citrus and floral hops. It’s not as heavy as I was expecting from the pour - medium bodied with a great mouth feel and very smooth going down. Overall this is a very tasty imperial. Great for any beer lover who is also a coffee drinker.
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick and black. Nice coffee and chocolate aroma. Roasted malts and coffee in the front. Sticky sweet in the back. Very good.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with blood-red highlights. Roasty, mild coffee-ish nose. Silky-soft texture. Very rich and intense dark roast left behind nice elements of dark chocolate and a pinch of burntness/smoke and a slight hint of black licorice. Coffee flavors were there, but it was less evident than I expected. Balanced hop bitterness (mostly grassy). Nice impy.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from TannerTavernboys. Black as night. Light brown head forms and fades quickly leaving hardly any lacing. Aroma is pleasant, Roasted malt, coffee, oatmeal and a dose of smoke for some reason. Full bodied and viscous with a light carbonation level. Coffee jolt, oatmeal smoothness. Tasty.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2006
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
(03.26.06) Stout/porter sampling with Scott, Tony and Walt at DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 12 oz brown bottle as gift from Thaichile. Limited release. 8.1% ABV. 2006 Monster beer tour. Poured black with small tan head. Soft carbonation. Coffee aroma in the nose. Medium bodied stout that starts with oatmeal/vegetal (snow peas?) flavors. Some acidity detected. Finishes with light bitterness and roasted malt. No coffee essence detected except in the nose. Does not adhere to the style of an imperial stout. Bad bottle? A disappointing beer. Thanks Thaichile for the bottle.
BattleandBrew (4) - USA - APR 11, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love this beer. Ever since we got this on tap I drink nothing else. The first impression of this beer left me wondering if it is something I would want to drink much of, but this sweet coffee, chocolate stout grows on you quickly. Full coffee aroma, pours black with little head. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, not too thick, and not even syrupy which is odd b/c if you ever have to clean up a spill of this stuff it quickly turns into a sticky syrupy mess. It’s never overpowering and although it is a sipping beer you’ll want glass after glass of this delicious creation. If you like stouts and you like coffee - you’ll love this beer. Wow! I’m going to miss this one until next winter.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quickly settling dark tan head crowns an opaque black pour. Big coffee aroma that is unmistakable, and supported by notes of bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel was medium/full, but a little thinner than I had expected. Coffee, chocolate, and an underlying dark molasses sweetness come through in the flavor, with balance provided by spicy and herbal hops. Although it starts sweet, it finishes dry and bitter. Seems to lack some of the complexity of the best Impy’s, but enjoyable nonetheless.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks for sharing pailhead 2006 bottle date. Poured black with a rocky tan brown head Aroma seemed a little fain at first Had to dig a bit deep here a bit of dark fruit and vanilla. Flavor was much more thanaroma was choclate a bit figgy with a dose of oatmeal somewhat of a creamy mouthfeel ...
CMUBEERMAN (421) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks to jimbowood...this one pours very dark (I was outside in the dark though) and has very little head. Throughout the beer the aroma was muted coffee and malt...a little more chocolate/sweet coffee show through at room temp. Flavor was a bunch of roasted malt and lots of coffee...like the the aroma...but there was some caramel as well. The coffee wasn’t over bearing though (i don’t like coffee too much). Mouthfeel wasn’t anything special...kind of light and oily. This was pretty good...but it wasn’t too imperial in my book.