kramer (5034) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From growler, acquired in a trade by me with Dubbercody, shared at 2006 RBSG Grand Tasting. Dark black pour with some light coming thru on the edges under a nice one finger dark brown foamy head that vanished to a thin ring. Aroma is hugely roasty with thick maple syrup and a light tinge of alcohol. The flavor is pretty intensly roasty and chocolaty with lighter alcohol. A hint of burnt malt and light soy on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with great moderate carbonation. Slightly oily and sticky on the finish. Overall, I thought that this was very very good. The alcohol was certainly well hidden as well. One of my favorites for the evening.
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Tap – Fathers Day Brewery Tour 06]
This is a huge over the top Imperial Stout. The dark black color with the strong coffee, toffee and malt aromas where excellent. Loved this beer. Like to have more like it and hope to get it often. The alcohol makes you rethink driving home. Great Imperial Stout!!!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted malts, soy and chocolate in the thick and sugary aroma. Opaque black body is topped with a low, dense, fine bubbled, tan head that lasts well and coats the glass with lacing. Strong hoppy and fruity flavour. Excellent malts are very dry and roasty. Medium full but dry body with strong carbonation. Sampled at GABF 2005.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2006: Deep black color with a nice tan head. Big roasted aroma with notes of black licorice. The flavor was sweet and roasty with some nice chocolate notes. Medium to full bodied with warmth in the chest. Alcohol is hidden well as far as the taste goes.
boFNjackson (4152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2010 Tap @ Walking Man... Poured black with a brown head. Strong, roasted malt and chalky characters on the nose. Really thick palate that had a nice sting to it. Chocolate syrup flavors with thick, robust, roasted malt, rice-like grains and coffee liquor towards the finish. Fairly light feel for 12.7%.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mason jar (!) from SamuraiArtist - thanks, Ezra! Straight from Belmont Station, this one is a lovely, viscous, and complex RIS that holds up nicely with some of the better versions of the style. Oily black, with a satisfying mix of malt sweetness, mild bourbon and chocolate notes, and a modest roast through the middle. It’s got a hefty body, as is appropriate, but is just slightly lacking in carbonation - not a big problem with this style, but I wonder if the brew has suffered a bit in its journey to me. Would love to try it fresh, but as is it’s still an awesome RIS.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at RBSG06. Dark black color with a small creamy brown head. Sweet roasted malt aroma. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. From the growler. Pours coal black with a dark beige head. Chalky, in fact, almost dessicating. It is sweet and roasted like drinking burned rice krispies. Delicious and filling.
jsquire (3503) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Out of a growler at the ’06 RBSG. Very dark beer with a foamy brown head. Sweet dark malt nose. Very rich, smooth beer with burnt caramel, coffee, chocolate and dried fruit sweetness. Excellent sipping beer.
Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best beers I came across at the 2005 GABF ... kept going back for more. Intensely flavored and tremendously complex. Notes of sugared raisins, dark roasted malts, prunes, dried apricots, dark chocolate, fresh-brewed coffee, syrupy caramel and vanilla, to name a few. Dark fruits reached a new level in this beer. Mouthfeel was absolutely stellar -- silky, rich and chewy. Perfect amount of noticeable alcohol in the background (high ABV hidden well). Based on the sweetness, the bitterness level couldn’t have been better. Incredible beer!