HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, my bottle, via trade with DocLock. Rating #1400. Nice goosh on cap-pop, bit hit of yeast and sour fruit - poured thick black with reddish highlights when you hold it to the light, perfect sized lasting dark brown head. Aroma is a tight powerful interplay of plum, prune, red wine grapes, sour berryfruit and smooth roast malt - I canít decide if itís coffee or chocolate ... I pick coffee - and an untone of bitter hops - quite yeasty and vinous. The taste isnít quite as smooth, but the complexityís there, as is the bitterness - yep, that was coffee - also bakerís chocolate, the tart fruits and the vinous sourness much more muted, as is the yeast, but some cream emerges as it warms more - and heck, thereís so much flavour going on I donít notice the 10%, although my ears are red. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, very smooth and creamy with acidity and as much carbonation as youíd ever want with an impy - hey, thanks tons for this, Doc - this is an upper eschelon imperial stout.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(many thanks to doclock for this brew)nice black body with a thick chocolate head.aroma was of burnt coffee,chocolate,and cocoa.flavor was a mix of the same,plus some milk lactose properties.not bad but the lactse was a bit overpowering.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black. Small, dense, brown head settles completely. Nose of burnt malt, dry wood, roasted marshmallows, subtle dark fruits and vinous notes. Flavor adds some smoke, ash, cocoa powder, and whole coffee beans. Full, smooth palate. Very nice. Courtesy of NachlamSie.
eaglefan538 (2828) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a brown black color, nothing above or below average on appearance. The aroma was odd, somewhat fruity (berries?) with coffee detectable. Flavor was similar, fruit less pronounced, but bad chocolate-coffee mixed in there. Mouthfeel was thin with a dry finish. Not something to return to.
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap at Recreational Billards on 4th St. in Winston Salem, NC. There for a limited time only. The aroma was overwhelmingly sweet and inviting. The color was a deep, deep, deep black body w/ an in b/w milk and dark chocolate colored, creamy head. some dotted and streaked lacing. flavors are rich and complex. hard to put your finger on though clearly chocolate and coffee. Definetely burntness, sour burntness or maybe burnt toast (bready yeast). then there is a strong taste of alcohol. but I couldnít figure out what - whiskey? bourbon? but then decided I would declare brandy the winner. there were also hints of cinnamon and cherry. 2/3rds of the way through each sip solid bitterness hits your palate and then remains there like a sugar cube melting in your mouth in an unrelenting manner. I found this beer to be quite extraordinary really....
FoolishMortal (987) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle. Opaque brown-black with a small dark tan head. Milk chocolate, some mild earthen roastiness, and some fusel alcohol in teh aroma. Chalky chocolate up front, give away to coffee roastiness and a twinge of alcohol. Finish is a lasting coffee ground bitterness and astringency, faint notes of chocolate permeate. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, rather smooth and somewhat dry.
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of fruit, malt, and slight bitterness. Taste of coffee and bitters, 10% alcohol hidden VERY well. Bit of a lacing pattern as I drink it down a bit. Palate a bit thin. Dry finish with a coffee aftertaste. Perfect with the pizza I am eating. I want more of this.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a deep deep brown color with a very small brown head. this brew is wonderful. Has huge malty aroma with hints of coffee, chocolate and caramel. The flavor is identical with a nice slightly bitter finish. The alcohol is hidden very well. Great brew. Im glad I saved this one for a while.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with only a small isle of bubbles adrift on the the top. Full malty flavors with rich dark chocolate, light currant and blueberries covered with heavy caramel. A rich and slightly sticky brew. A mild black malt acidity kicks in late in the quaff. Still a very enjoyable heavy stout.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 April 2008 batch: Nice oily black appearance with a thin, wispy-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted malts. Body starts with decent fullness and some light fruity notes with an out of place tartness. I fear that this may be in the early stages of infection, just like the last batch of Baltic Porter. If you remove the tartness, this is a solid 4.0 imperial stout, but for now Iím giving it a 3.2.
Thanks to JPDIPSO for sharing at the 3/25/06 Milwaukee tasting: Pours a viscous oily opaque with dark brown edges and a lightly-lacing dark tan head. Rich sweet complex caramel and dark fruity aroma. Body starts with a sweet sticky viscous dark caramel maltiness well-balanced with a fresh lightly earthy bitterness toward a dry sticky finish. A nice imperial that should age well.