argo0 (11637) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 (1/26/08, 12oz bottle, thanks mj) Medium tan head atop clear red-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some chocolate, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, roast.coffee, some alcohol, oatmeal. Smooth medium-full body. (5/3/8/4/15)
(11/3/07, 12oz bottle, thanks mj) Small tan head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some alcohol, roast, light cinnamon. Taste is medium sweet, cola, some alcohol, roast. Medium body. (5/3/4/3/9)
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy Dickinsonbeer. Pours black with a small brown head. Smells of dark malts, roast, and chocolate. Rich smelling. The flavor was much of the same. Some toasted malts and roasty nuts make up the body and the chocolate and malts are there in the background. I’d say more roasty than anything. Solid imperial stout, I enjoyed it very much.
pineypower (2540) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out dark brown with a slight tanish head. Aroma mostly of roasted malts. Taste is burnt roasted malts with some oat flavors going on in the background. Slight chocolate and hops on the finish. Solid
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Bottle. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma of oats, deep roasted malt,chocolate, and light vanilla. The taste was the same. Medium Bodied. Swee/bittert flavors throughout. Decent but nothing worth killing for.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours deep blackish with 1-finger khaki head. Aroma is roasty dark malt, some chocolate, hops, and mild funky notes. Tastes dark malty, with a solid hop dose akin to the hopback amber profile, some chocolate, mild cherry, and some oatmeally notes that remind me a little of Dead Reckoning with a smidgen of Nut Brown thrown in. This never gets even a little hot. This is a decent stout, but not an elite stout that can compete with the world class Impy Stouts.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle shared by Dickinsonbeer. Dark brown with alot of ruby highlights- appearance not dark enough for an impy stout. Aroma is caramel, roast, and a slight off note which I couldn’t put my finger on. Taste is caramel, and roast, light notes of chocolate. Quite thin bodied and never gives you that punch of roast and chocolate flavors that you expect from a RIS.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to someone in NY. Aroma of some dark fruit and roasted malt. The flavor is very similar, decent for the style.
zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, sugar, and a little fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, and sugar. Medium body. Not bad, but scratch 4 is much better.
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a large foamy tan head that left spotty lacing. Aroma of cocoa, lightly roasted malts, sweet and kind of sugary, some candy sweetness, Flavor of roasted malts, yet a sweet caramel type maltiness, some bitterness, hops and on the smooth side with not much alcohol for 9.6%. There are much better imperial stouts out there, but props to Troegs for messing around with these Scratch beers.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of mj. Thanks, Mike! Pours a dark, murky brownish-cola color; slightly oily; khaki-colored head with patchy lacing. Plenty of roasted malts and brown sugar in the aroma; some cola. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: predominantly roasted / charred malts and cola; strong show of alcohol; a bit harsh along the edges. Lengthy, charred malts and bitter chocolate in the finish.