BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black black color with almost black head and black lacing. The aroma has some alcohol & roasted notes along with soy sauce, maple syrup & molasses. The flavor is really nice, so much complexity; grapes, honey, fig, coffee, whiskey, toast. Finishes smooth, no detectable alcohol taste in the finish and it causes my mouth to water for more. This is a damn fine Imperial Stout, definately up to the task of rivaling the Dark Lord. Just to note, I got a glass that was mostly Jaywalker plus a dash of the Black Cherry Stout and it made one of the best damn beers I've ever tasted. The drive here alone along 14 was worth the trip but this just topped all my expectations. If you can make it here, DO IT!
BrewDad (5328) - 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!!!
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2010. Finally got a chance to try this beer after wanting it for about 8 years. Pours a nice big oily pitch black with some thin head- lasting. Aroma is oily, licorice, light smoke, big roast, big black dark chocolate, bittersweet, medium fruitiness- plum, raisin, dates. Flavor is coffee, roast, chocolate, fruits, almost get a woody oaky bourbon character, although not sure if this is BA? Inky plum, viscous body, vanilla, chocolate, some sweet molasses with a bitter finish and alcohol heat. GOod!
tiggmtl (4544) - 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 (4200) - 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%.
jsquire (4167) - 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.
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.
IndianaRed (3845) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap at the Brewpub. Pitch black and viscous. Modest tan head and coarse sheeting lacing. Dark roasted malts in the aroma along with sweet pitted fruit and purple grapes. Thick oily palate and modest carvonation propels the malty sweetness over the toungue. Sweet daek roast flavors with remaekably little balancing bitterness. This its only drawback, minor as it may be. Finish is quick and soft. Only a slight bitter trailer.
Glad to have finally had this one. Lives up to the hype.
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.