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 (7132) - 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 I’m 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.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at 42nd St. Oyster Bar in Raleigh, NC. Opaque black under a medium brwon head, nice lace. Earthy, chocolate and coffe aroma tinged with some piney hops. Coffee, burnt caramel, molasses, are evident immediately, but dark fruity nots of raisns, and prunes are in the background. Spicy, peppery and bitter citrus rind dry up the finish and leave a lingering bitterness. Best effort yet from Duck Rabbit, and a pretty good Impy.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown body, thin tan head. Roast, apricot, caramel and chocolate in the sweet aroma. bit of fishy smoke as well. Fruity chocolate / coffee aroma with a doughy yeast finish. A very nice I.S, above-average mouthfeel.
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Virtually opaque black. Rich tan head quickly dissipates into a tiny ring. Enormous nose of burnt fruitcake, port, dried plums, and blackcurrants. Light whiff of roasted malt. Fizzy, ample carbonation. Burnt grains inundate the palate alongside an immensely rich molasses-soaked roasted malt underlay. Fairly slippery and juicy with an abundance of blackcurrants and tangy molasses. Weighty richness steadily builds and soon finds itself sandwiched between a roast-induced dryness and earthy java. As the flavors continue to evolve, the richness wanes and the malt-derived acids become excessive. The body is drastically weakened as a result of all the tongue tingling acidity. Hops also gain more steam late in the stage, and discharge more acidic fruitiness which clashes with the brashly gritty char. Acridness is completely overbearing at the finish and overrides any salvaging espresso smoothness or silky chocolate flavors that might try to overcome it. Has a lovely nose and plenty of vinous attributes and intensity to go along with it, but the acidity is too uncontrolled. Started off nicely, but ended rather poorly.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge chocolate aroma with a hint of fruit and some licorice or something like licorice...I can’t quite nail it down. Dark black in color with a dark brown head that thins a little. Very grainy flavor, lots of black malt bitterness, some smokey, meaty stuff in the finish..I like the smoke, but the grainy stuff just distracted me a little. Weird, no one else lists smoke.. Medium-full body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Thanks JPDIPSO for sharing this one.
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to JPDIPSO! Poured black with a short cap of yellowy-beige head. Nose was of deeply-roasted, charred fruits, coffee, Raisonettes, mocha, and soy. Deeply-roasted soy, licorice, dark fruity, and a bunch of espresso grace the flavor.. mild sour highlights. Just about all you could want from the style. Very thick and roasty on the palate with the sour highlights. Alcohol was only evident in its warming effect. Fantastic! Thanks John!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Moderately thick pour, opaque and midnight brown in color with a hairline thin tan lining at the edges. Blueberries and black currant introduce the aromatic portion, joined by milky summer coffee coolers, unsweetened bakers chocolate, Dove dark chocolate shavings and a mild alcohol perversion. Big flavor bill with a hearty helping of dark chocolate and espresso sludge. Like sucking on a black roasted mocha coffee bean. Oily dark curtain casts across the tongue and is instinctively pressed against the palate. Dry, dark and extremely enjoyable. Double strength espresso grinds leave a dark tar tract powering prolifically in its afterlife. Quite tasty, and another blessing from JPDIPSO!