BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2006
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled and enjoyed months ago in a Galaxy far far away...Poured completely opaque with a small fading ring of tan foam that left some oily tears on the glassware. The nose got a lot of bittersweet chocolate, powered sugar, rye toasted bread, smoked peat bog, Turkish coffee beans, grandpaís traditional lightly-aromatic English pipe tobacco (Gosh do I still love that smell), and a final hint of mineral water and cave aged Madeira. NICE!!
Sadly the taste could not live up the nose, HOWEVER it is not bad but just a tad underwhelming...mostly sweet toasted malt, moderate rich red fruit and a heavy undertone of earthiness. Did I say that this is a very earthy beer...yep all the herbs, flowers, bark, and dirt you want in the finish and for that I CAN DIG IT! The feel is creamy and smooth but still need a touch of heft for a perfect score. Overall, a damn good Impy, I canít wait to get my hands on the Baltic Porter.
kramer (5329) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, via acertain I believe. Pours a forbiddingly black colored body under a one finger very tight bubbled creamy dark brown head with lots of lacing. Aroma is very roasty and chocolaty with a touch of alcohol, fudge, dark fruits, smoke, and molassas. Flavor is roasted and burnt malt up front with some chalk, alcohol, and tar on the finish. Moderate hoppy bitterness and some coffee as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied and just shy of oily in texture with moderate fine bubbled carbonation. A little sticky on the finish. Overall, a very nice beer with a hefty mouthfeel. Right up there with Stone Russian Imperial Stout.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottled on 01-30-06 from NachlamSie. Pours a deep reddish black with a one and a half finger fading cocoa head. Strong aroma of dark chocolate, soy, brown sugar, coffee, unsweetened cocoa (I understand the similarity between that and dark chocolate, but in this case they are two separate entities), even some light vanilla and a little alcohol. Flavor is very much the same plus a little grapes giving forth a somewhat vinous quality, with a lingering chalky roasted malt bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is covered well, save for a slight bit of warmness down the back of the throat. Maybe a tad too much soy for me. The beerís mouthfeel is surprisingly light, considering the heaviness of the style. Very creamy and smooth, carbonation is light. Great brew.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with a medium sized dark tan head. Big chocolate and coffee aroma. Sweet and roasty. The roasted flavor had some tartness to it. A fair amount of sweetness with notes of chocolate and a nice warming sensation. Medium to full bodied. The mouthfeel had some silkyness to it.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
07.24.06 12oz bottle thanks to Magjayran, shared at Belgian Room gathering in NYC. These guys just continue to impress with great beers that seem to really nail what I love in the style. The Scotch was great, the porter was great, and now this, which was super. Black stuff with a creamy but small brown head that didnít want to leave even this smaller sample and laced away in my little snifter. Right on point with what I love in these beers, this one is full of mineral, brine, and charred roast, almost reminding at times of capers or olives, burnt french bread. Itís less sweet than most in the style and I can dig it. Where there is sweetness, it comes across to me as deep and woody, like ripe black cherries, stems and all, with dried berries, and mixed with unsweet cocoa. Itís barky, woody, mineral, and yet still rich. I need more.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Willblake at the NYRBG. Black in color with a small tan head. Chocolatey, roasted malt aroma with a bit of soy. Flavor was rich, dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee and soy. Really nice palate on this beer. Very rich, creamy and medium to full bodied.
beastiefan2k (2743) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle provided by Willblake at the NYRBG. Been wanting to try this expectations were high. Poured pitch black with tan lacing. Aroma is very present - roast cofee, which is great BUT too much hops for me. Taste is similarly roast coffee mixed with hops. Dont like when brewers do this.
Dorwart (2413) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 inch thick dense dark brown head. Settles slowly. Thick and creamy on top. Rich roasty aroma with dark fruit, roasted grains and new leather upholstery. Maybe a little grahm cracker in there also. Color is a black as tar. Thick palate. Little slick with loads of roasted grains, coffee, sweet malts and raisins and a bit of carbon. Very easy drinking for a 10% er. Little alcohol warming. Finish is roasty and leaves a bitter coffee aftertaste. Not as sweet as some other imperial stouts but quite good if you like the dry ones. Thanks to Magjayran for this very tasty brew that I have been looking for for a while.
blankboy (6433) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a big lasting foamy/creamy light-brown head -- looks awesome. Fantastic aroma of roasted malt, roasted coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, toffee, hops and even some wood -- amazing! Flavourís just as good: Dry and roasty with a nice amount of hops, coffee and chocolate and just the right amount of alcohol. Great finish, great body. Wow, what a huge surprise this was. Thanks for sharing Harry, it was phenomenal!
HogTownHarry (6199) - 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.