eaglefan538 (2914) - 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 couldn’t 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 (990) - 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 (7133) - 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 (2518) - 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.