BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A thick pour in the glass. Black in color with a small brown head. Big aromas of roasted coffee. The flavor found coffee and some sweetness. Full body and creamy texture. The higher alcohol is undetected in the aroma and flavor. Very enjoyable.
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Mellow Mushroom in Franklin, TN. This beer preceeded a trip to Athens, where both the Terrapin Brewin Co. and Jittery Joe’s are located. This brew was FANTASTIC. Great ABV and well, very well hidden. I can’t wait for another. The coffee taste wasn’t overwhelming, it was done with the perfect amount of blending with the stout tastes. <b>mmmmmmm</b>
egajdzis (5152) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an opaque black color with a thin, bubbly, tan head that didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla beans. Taste of chocolate, dry roasted malt, light caramel malts, dried fruits, tobacco, and a touch of alcohol in the finish. Wake-n-Bake is the best way to start your day!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Semi-thick pour and opaque, filling in as midnight brown in color. A heavy foam lines the edges in a khaki-tan color while a highly visible galaxy swirl serves as the head. Blueberries rolled in coffee sludge kick starts the aroma, pursued by blackberry jam over burnt toast, forcible dark chocolate, dense fudge bars with a smidgeon of bright caramel infused unto it, and burnt black cherry oatmeal. Flavor is what it is: an imperial oatmeal stout. Sweet maple and brown sugar oatmeal joins with the same cup of coffee that dad has had every morning for the last thirty years (it’s tried and true.) The chocolate-oatmeal cookie flavor combo provides and enjoyable base, interspersed with dark chocolate chips and a few boysenberries. These rich, dark berries are proudly asserted throughout the discourse. If the tongue sucks this one down too quickly, the mouth feel is mediocre. Giving it pause on the palate and rolling it around a bit draws out the dark chocolate and burnt caramel titillations in a massive manner. Bitter balance quotient spawns espresso-like derivatives. Dark chocolate fudge (et. caramel) turtle candies provide substance in the finish, along with flame-liked oats, Symphony chocolate bars with burnt almonds, and Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies - the ones infused with gooey caramel. Thanks for the bottle, MrFacto!
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Bottle. Dark black pour with a thin, highly carbonated head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is of dark chocolate and coffee grounds, served with a slightly sweet oatmeal creaminess, and spiked with a splash of spiced rum. The body is a bit thinner than expected, especially for an imperial stout. Plenty of coffee, vanilla extract, and a dark tobacco finish of a maduro cigar. A bit sweet overall - I would have placed this in the sweet stout style if I had tasted this blind. An interesting taste nonetheless that I am grateful to have enjoyed. Thanks, Jay!
Boutip (4431) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (courtesy of Jimbowood): Poured a deep black color stout with a big foamy dark brown head with good retention. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt with a sweet touch. Taste is well balance between coffee and roasted sweet caramel malt. Body is full and alcohol is not noticeable. Not the most complex of imperial stout but I could see this going very well as a session beer. I also appreciated the medium-level of alcohol and the well balance mix between coffee and sweet malt.
DrnkMcDermott (2737) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2009 Sampled at DLD 2006. Pours dark with a ticker brown head than on most beers of this strength. Deep coffee smell and taste (Duh!), but with the creaminess of oatmeal, too. A bit rough around the edges, but yes, a good breakfast beer when you intend to waste the day.
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks to captaincouger and the ga crew. poured dark dark brown with a brown head that left a small amount of lacing, aroma coffee, metallic, malts, chocolate, cola, flavor, malts, coffee, brown sugar, hints of hops, alcohol cherries, nice drtness to this. good beer
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
in bottle, courtesy of Jimbowood. Nice, big, bold stout. The coffee is immediately present, and that gives way to a nice chocolate flavor. Very good.
Bartzilla (523) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I split a bottle of this with Naven last weekend. Not a huge stout fan, but I liked this quite a bit. Big thanks to whomever sent that out. You knew exactly what you were doing.