wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler at argo0ís xmas party, thanks kmweaver! Pours black with medium tan head. Very malty aroma, earthy, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is quite similar, reminds me of North Coast Rasputin, but less coffee and sweeter. Some alcohol in aftertaste. Very nice beer.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to Craig for the hand-bottled bomber! Poured clear, deeper brown with a short, swirly cap of tan head.. medium-viscosity with lower carbonation. The aroma picked up somewhat singed dark chocolate, darker fruits (with black currants well-represented), and molasses, giving a warm, sweet impression.. some simple sugars apparent, but I found this really enjoyable! The flavor had a well-roasted caramel, dark chocolate, and molasses core with a bit of coffee bitterness and alcohol warmth at the back-end.. some brighter piney bitterness, caramel, and black currants on the sticky and long finish. Medium-plus bodied with lighter carbonation on the palate.. sticky and warm on the back with a dry herbal twist. This was a really good beer!
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This didnít seem like an imperial. The beer is black and quite thick, with low carbonation. The simple aroma has coffee and some malt, it does smell good. Flavor has more intense coffee, and medium sweet roasted malt. A great, thick palate, which is probably the best quality of this beer. A well done coffee stout. Thanks to Skyview for sharing.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hand bottled from cbkshubert. BIG THANKYOU!This poured big black body, tight tan head,. lots of chocolate and coffee in the nose. Taste was full body, coffee, and loads of chocolate. Vanilla lingers after the swallow. Loved this. Can only imagine how great this is fresh. A new major fav.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2009 on tap @ TCB. pours black with a thin tan ring of foam. aroma of malted whoppers...chocolate, richly roasted grains, root beer and some ashiness/bitterness. flavor has everything in the aroma with the addition of black cherry, earth, wood and a nice ashy dry balance. finishes with a nice bitterness and leaves behind a nice chocolate and coffee aftertaste which lingers for quite a while. alcohol creeps in as it warms. medium to full bodied with a creamy rich mouth feel. it leaves a sticky chocolate film on my lips. not overly sweet as imperial stouts tend to be.
itís confirmed... this is better than dark lord AND darkness. so, neener!
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler courtesy of kmweaver. Dark brown, almost black with a beige head. Pleasant chocolate roastiness with a hint of cereal in the nose. Flavor is very roasty/chocolatey with caramel, cherries, plum/raisin and a level of soil/earthiness. Pretty sweet. Full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Good stuff overall.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Growler, big thanks go to Skyview for sharing] Pours dark with a nice tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, and maybe molasses? Taste is mainly roasted malt and some chocolate, but also has some unusual almost peppery notes in it too. Medium-thin mouthfeel. Good long finish of coffee and something else that I canít quite make out. An unusual imperial, pretty good beer though.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Handbottled bomber, courtesy of cbkschubert, thanks Craig! Pours a dark brown/black with a creamy one finger dark tan head, slight lacing. Aroma is fresh roast coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, and slight citrus hops. Flavor starts with a pleasant hops bitterness, followed quickly by milk chocolate and espresso. Palate is full, smooth and silky, with a slight amount of the hops lingering. A well done IS, and glad for the chance to try!
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(growler, thanks kmweaver) Brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, rich, milk chocolate, roast. Taste is sweet, milk chocolate, roast, light burnt. Smooth medium-full body, light alcohol burn.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown-hued ebony. Clingy wisps of lace are left in the wake of the creamy and semi-rocky beige head. Decent nose is lined with cocoa-dusted pine needles, chocolate liqueur, and lightly seared malt hulls. Very light suggestion of citrus, honey-glazed prunes, and smoke. Soft and tight carbonation. Opens with a delicate tingle of acidity induced by the tightly integrated fusion of citric hops and deep roast. Fairly dense in body, but notions of pine needles impart a minty dryness which lifts some of the weight of the gooey residual molasses-sweetness and resinous hops. Quiet deceptively hoppy due to the clean bitterness and multilayered malt composition. High concentration of hop-derived oils possess plenty of force to produce a tongue-numbing effect. Rich espresso malts lend a velvety bitterness which soothes the palate and are deepened by chocolate truffles and cocoa. Complex malts are fairly crisp, lush and vividly defined up until the latter half, which is when the body becomes fairly limp resulting in an overt sweetness created by a combination of molasses and grapefruit hints. Earthy smoke and beefy java bolster the bodyís core. Finishes with an appealingly brash, yet composed and refined roastiness, which negates some of the tacky residuals. Alcohol is artfully concealed, though the abundance of cooling sprucelike-hop whispers unite to impart a cleansing dryness. Oily resins deposit an ample amount of soft bitterness on the tongue, but their chewy citrus accents are buried beneath the massive malt frame. I donít find this to be all that interesting, but I canít find any flaws in the beer either. Happens to be both clean and fully malty, which is always a plus. And Iím happy to see that, for such an aggressively hopped Imperial, the acids are well-managed and allow the flavorsome and beefy malts to strut their stuff. Thanks to cbkschubert for this expertly hand-bottled sample.