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) - - 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.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A grand name for a grand beer! Sampled on tap at Barley’s Taproom. A nearly black body supports the rich caramel-colored head (didn’t last long, though). The aroma boasted of robust roasted malts and a little mocha. Body was full, rich, and round without being too thick. The flavor had more of a mocha tune than coffee, with none of the alcohol burn I was expecting from an imperial stout.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pop the cap an its an all out assault of coffee aroma.pours black as night with a small tan head.Hugh oily full mouthfeel.Lots of coffe here.The finish was sad because I didnt have anymore.
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. very dark in appearance. flavor of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. no flavor too dominating but it seems to be missing something.
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle-thanks to aracauna for this one. chared black with a brown hue around the rim of the drinking vessel. very small fizzy beige topping. char, burnt wood, burnt tobbaco, roast, dark expresso. flavors are astringent and linger on the burnt coarsness of the malt profile. lots of bitter black patent malt . palate is soft with mild carbonation. a farily rudimentary imperial stout which needs alot of work.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to the DS Crew for sharing this. Pours a very dark brown color, small light brown head. Aroma is lots of coffee, musty chocolate, some roast notes as well. Flavor is sweet, and smooth. Smooth body. Somewhat dissapointing.