DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Springslicker rocks for the tasting at the Chattanooga beer gathering! This beer pours a black as night color with a a small orange head that also had hints of hazy purple to it...very long lasting head however. The aroma is vanilla and chocolate with hints of cocoa, alcohol and maple syrup. There is little in the way of carbonation in this beer, which makes it an incredible mystery as to how it gave me so much head (yeah..har har!!!) The flavor is milk chocolatey with vanilla and caramel sweetness apparent. The finish is dry and creamy, with hints of milkiness. Good full and creamy mouthfeel...very pleasant!
presario (4626) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Do I take off marks for the lame label? Strong roasted coffee aroma and light smoke. Black with a light brown head. Starts slow and builds quickly. Strong finish. Big coffee flavour. Low alcohol presence. Sharp bitter chocolate building finish.
boto (1854) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle: The beer pours out of the bottle very inky and thick, almost like oil. The beer is opaque: no light at all seems to get through it. There was only a small dark tan head, which dissapated almost immediately. The aroma is very sweet. Complex, although I can pick out hints of coffee, licorice and some subtle fruits. The initial taste has coffee notes up front. Some chocolate and hops come through on subsequant sips. Some roastiness also. Very Good!
Maddog (392) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer left me in a quandry. For a stout, it was very good, but for an imperial, it fell short. It poured a very dark, opaque with a very dark tan head which was most impressive. However, the flavor was only a mild roastiness with sweet maltiness. The body was a trifle thin and left a little bit to be desired. For a beer to be rated this high, I was expecting something extraordinary, and this imperial was not. It was very good, but not worthy of a 100 or a top 10 rating.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cocoa, slight molasses, toffee, caramel malt (H); slight whisky / cask wood aroma and very dark fruits. Jet black with a brown head. heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter finish. Heavy body, creamy texture, average carbonation. The bottom line is: incredibly sweet (good thing). Flavor is a little less impressive than the aroma in so far as complexity.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 My first imperial. Pours thick and black, with a small dark head that disappears quickly. Malty sweet aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. More of the same in the flavor, plus a bit of alcohol taste. I believe Iím hooked.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of coffee, chocolate truffle, alcohol, unidentifiable dark fruits. Pours oily black, very thin brown head. Chocolate and coffee dominate the flavor, decent bitterness, subdued fruitiness, light alcohol flavors. Very full and smooth, roasty bitterness in finish. Very drinkable and smooth. Not overly complex or intense, but very satisfying. I could drink a lot of these.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
7/28/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Jungle Jimís in Cincinnati, OH 5/28/04. Motor oil thick, black with dark brown highlights and a chocolate brown head with the consistency of oatmeal. I poured it as vigorously as I possibly could to try to get a head on it. It worked, but it doesnít last all that long. Still, LOVE that look. A patchy, dark brown film on the top of the beer is fine with me. Lovely nose of rich chocolate and fruit. Dark with a little bit of roastiness and the berry smell of Boo Berries cereal. But in a good way. A little bit faint, but itís subtle. Served way too cold, but canít no serving temperature keep the flavor down on this monster. Roasted chocolate malts and shades of coffee. Burnt charcoal with a touch of acidity and a sharp but subtle complement of hops. Oh my goodness. . . Very little trace of alcohol. Only on the breath! Very full-bodied and decadent. Slightly chewy and chalky, doing its best unrefined cocoa powder impression. I love it. There must be a whole dayís worth of calories in this sucker.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black witha moderate head of glistening tiny dark tan bubbles. Soft aroma for the style (somewhat welcome). Mild dark chocolate and light fruity ester. Slick silk feel. Flavors are not as overpowering as others (again somewhat welcome). Roasted and toasted, dried, crystalized and caramelized, all the malts are in this one. Hints of charred wood in the finish along with some berried fruit. Alcohol is not evident (ditto on the welcome thing again). Very well made and a pleasure to partake. Thanks CecretBanta.
SpringsLicker (3133) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I traded for two of these, so thanks to both Aracauna and CaptainCougar for this!
Opaque black pour with a minmal Mocha colored head. Aroma of roast malt, heavy caramelized sugar and chocolate.
Smooth, creamy, coating palate brings flavors of chocolate, espresso and ends with just the right bitter ending. Well done Imperial Stout.