beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On-tap at the brewpub: Served in a 10oz chalice at $5 a pop - Thick dark brown nearly black appearance with a dark tanned top of medium-sized sitting foam. Foam crumbles down to a wide bubbly collar and the lacing bakes itself to the glass in a lovely looking brown frosting of delicate whispy sheets.
Aroma is a whole lot of fresh, cold coffee beans covered in sweet darkened chocolate. Brisk, cool, roastingly inviting, and dark with just a nod to some oily hop resin. Perhaps a bit restrained, especailly when first set in front of you, but begins to percolate its air as it sits.
Taste is full and big with roasted softness and smoothness on the palate. Broad cold pressed coffee beans bring a very nice rounded, dark bitterness all the way through while a pleasingly play of silky chocolate takes off any rough areas. Very tiny notes of molasses, cookie dough with vanilla, and fruit cake. Finish is warm, lengthy, and roasted with a mild emerging coffee/chocolate/hop oil bitterness.
Feel is super smooth and silky in the front and middle turning quite full and fluffy with a cake batter richness. Not overly thick mind you, its ever so tender and slippery with its roasty richness and bitterness. Very well rounded and the warming finish is a welcome boost of stoutness.
Dangerously drinkable. My first glass was gone in no time. The second one took a bit more time to quaff but still mannered itself as if it were the first. Glossy and yummy. A very nice stout, Imperial or Double, styles aside; its soothingly roasted and bittered to near perfection. Enough with the lighter styles being presented in winter please. More like this!!
badgerben (4394) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with a medium head. Aroma of slightly burnt malt. The taste is very heavy on the bitter roasts, which seem to dominate over whatever hops were thrown in here. Itís tasty enough, but it just strikes me as heavy on the malt, without much else.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid, unsoluble black, íneath a roasted tan head. Classic picture of an Imperial Stout. Very inviting.
Aroma brims with vitality, rich and roasty, with flavors of carob, anise, mollases, espresso and cocoa vying for their place in the nose. Itís a luscious blend, full and heady.
Taste: big in the mouth as well, full and pervasive on the palate. Solid as any real IS worth the name should be, but very mellow as well. Alcoholic strength doesnít seem an issue, not until you near the end of the glass.
The rich flavors indicated in the nose come back in the taste, a mellifluous melange of dark and delightful tints, tinges, and tastes. A cavern of delights, a full well bringing forth deliciousness.
Tasty, tasty, this, a devilishly delicious stout that makes me commit the unlikely sin of wishing it were colder right now, to enjoy this warm and wonderful brew better.
The first non-bourbon/whiskey-fied Imperial Stout Iíve yet tasted at Town Halll, not counting the short-lived version they tapped for Anniversary Week 2005, which was the Czar Jack before the Jack.
Iíd like to see a lot more of this.
As big and bold as this beer is, the growler will not last the night. Itís that tasty and my will power is that weak.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Winterfest 2006. No one else try this??? No mistaking this for anything but an Impy Stout as there was a fine blend of hops,dark chocolate and coffee.