hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks to JIMBOWOOD. Pours black and with the consistency of motor oil. The initial brown head quickly fades into a light brown ring that leaves great lacing. Aroma of coffee, nuts, burnt wood, and notes of vanilla. Flavor has an upfront coffee roast that fades into chocolate covered caramel. Finishes nutty with a slight bitter bite. Mouthfeel is huge and chewy. Coats the mouth in an oily fashion. This is great
TAR (2384) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lighter shade of black. Extremely fine-bubbled light-mocha head adheres to the glass. Metallic malts, bittersweet chocolate, walnuts, and nutty coffee scents. Hint of dried plums and potting soil. Velvety carbonation with a light edge of sharpness. Thinly bodied and slightly oily. Metallic malts immediately zing the teeth and augment a spicy alcoholic dryness. Java character sings subtle notes of nuttiness before losing itself in a gritty bed of roast and muted char. Notes of fudge cake hold strongly and pillar the body with a splash of moistness at the center, but the body grows thinner, sip after sip. Very shallow, maltwise, with nary a hint of English toffee sweetness. Subtle touches of bitter espresso and tar vanish just as quickly. Caramelized sugar engages the back of the tongue, but clashes with the oversweet worty graininess. Late but noticeable hint of malt-derived phenols lessen the body’s fullness. Finishes predominantly roasty and bittersweet, as dried plums and tannins ride above an underutilized sweep of char which unfortunately fails to combat sodden graininess. Just because this exceeds average stout strength, doesn’t qualify it as an Imperial. A big stout this is. Nothing more.
Pailhead (4236) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Courtesy of beeryum via trade. Huge roasted coffee aroma with light chocolate, hints of burnt malt, and lighter hints of pine. Pours a very dark brown with no transparency and a moderate brown head that lasts a minute or so. Excellent roasted coffee flavors up front mixed with moderate chocolate and light caramel. Hints of vanilla hide in the background. Finishes with a nutty burnt coffee and a light pine bitterness that really blends well with the initial flavors. Nice creamy and oily mouthfeel.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 April 24th 2006 Re-rate
Man this was pouring with no head so I agitated it and it went from no head to 4 finger thick head instantly. Rare.
Aroma is strong of coffee and dark chocolate/brownie aromas. Deep black with..as I mentioned..a huge mocha head. Fore is rich, bitter chocolate and coffee. Has a smoothness, from that oatmeal, that makes it creamier than other Imperials. A lot like fat dog in feel. About what I remembered, but slightly more chocolatey.
Courtesy of TheBeerCellar2. Thanks, Matt
Aroma blasts you with rich roasted coffee, smooth cream and hints of vanilla. Pours a gloppy, stygian black with just an oil slik of a tan head. Flavor is rich and roasty in the fore followed by a chocolate and oatmeal cookie creaminess through the middle and finishing with a slightly acidic and bitter splash of capuccino. One of the creamier and more dessert-feeling Imperials I’ve personally had.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with thin tan head. Lots of coffee and chocolate in aroma. Flavors of the same and very smooth. I have to admit that I liked last years version much better (it was then co-brewed with 5 Seasons, which the 5 called their "Wired Straight" Imperial Stout). The commercial description needs to be updated because Terrapin doesn’t use J. Martinez now. Last years version was much more coffee (maybe a little too much so), but you could tell that the coffee was much better quality. It was also a more smooth and harmonius blend of the malts, hops, coffee, chocolate, etc. and was thicker than this years. I guess that happens when it goes to a contract brew. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a damn good beer, but just feel that it was better.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much Thanks to, Matt, TheBeerCellar2, for sending me this sassy Imperial baby in our most recent trade!
I was very much looking forward to rating this beer! I really do love this brewery!
Poured a chunky opaque black body and a tall mound of dark khaki head. The beer actually look’s viscous… it doesn’t pour or jump around the glass like a light bodied beer… this looks thick, like ink or motor oil. The aroma is refined; Lots of coco, fresh sweet cream, subdued hints of coffee, chocolate Crème Brûlée! The flavor is dutiful, complex, and just my taste! I alone could drink the brewer’s bright tank full of this stuff… in one sitting!! What, you don’t believe me?
There are 4 traits of flavor define this beer for me, in order: Chocolate, Vanilla, Coffee, Toffee. The beer is exceptionally well rounded, never too sweet and never too bitter. The grains used are perfectly paired and blended… seducingly creamy! The body and texture is utter perfection for my tastes!! A creamy blend of chocolate silk, mocha mousse, whipping cream, espresso… I adore lower carbonation beers!!! This is Tremendous! The flavor profile is not upfront in any one way… This is really great stuff!
TheBeerCollector (631) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I purchased a 4-pack of this to give it a try and after finishing the last bottle I wished I had purchased a case or two. Pours a thick, rich black with a minimal brown head. Aroma is a blend of coffee, chocolate and vanilla. The flavor is so good it’s difficult to put it into words. Just imagine melted chocolate blended with roasted coffee with a nice dose of hops thrown in for good measure. I wish that this was not a seasonal beer.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. The aroma is a wonderful medley of milk chocolate, light coffee, tobacco, butterscotch, roasted cashews and smoky vanilla bliss. The flavor mirrors the terrific nose. Mildly sweet with addtional medium burnt and medium bitter notes. Full-bodied and mega-satiny with mild carbonation. Finishes burnt, bitter and dry. World class brew! Thanks to GoldTwins for the bottle!
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
black body, thick foamy burnt sienna head. aroma is roasted chocolate mocha. flavor starts with smooth and creamy mild roasted malt, milk chocolate too. goes a little bitter and dry with coffee surfacing. I haven’t had Jittery Joe’s coffee but they sponsor a kick-ass pro cycing team! the finish has more coffee and aftertaste, with a little baking chocolate. supe big up to Beeryum for this one, he sent it as a gift!
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2007 Bottle obtained via trade with beeryum. Has an ultra black color with a medium brown head which fades rather quickly. Aroma of roasty coffee, mocha, Whoppers (malted milk balls) and fresh, wet pumpkin seeds (smell it again if you don’t believe me!). Very earthy, coffee flavor with notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, mocha, toffee and plenty of bold hops. Nice level of sweetness, not overly bitter in a roasty way. Very well-balanced. Alcohol content very well hidden. Lasting roasty finish. Medium bodied with a smooth texture and subtle, fine-beaded carbonation. Overall, good stuff.