Nuffield (3905) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, I’m surprised that it rates so low (3.64). It pours with a big head that settles beautifully (if slowly) to a dark black beer with a lovely rich brown head. It has some rich Belgian qualities--defeating the all encompassing thickness and sickliness of the most over-the-top imperial stouts--but still retains the best of them (the Impy stouts) too. Rich fruit, especially in the finish, with raisin and grape and hint of port. I love it. And for $9 for a large bottle, it’s a pretty good deal for a special bottle for a dinner. I paired it with chili on a cold, snowy night (the night of a 16-inch snowfall in St. Paul) and it was excellent.
HonusWagner (1872) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2010 I think this beer is a good example of why imperial stouts score so highly here. The pour is a nice dark black with a rather impressive cobaltish head. The nose is pretty standard stuff. Some booze, raisins, rich dark chocolate, maybe a little roasted grains. The taste is similar, sweet but not aggressively so with a decent amount of complexity as vineous fruits, cocoa powder, and a touch of vanilla come together. It all adds up to a pretty solid beer, like a lesser version of the 09 Dark Lord I tried recently, but I could barely drink 6 oz of it.
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with dark brown head. Alcohol on the nose. Sweet malt with alcohol flavor. Slightly roasted malt on finish with a hint of alcohol heat. Very warming.
badgerben (4681) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black color with a large head. Aroma of burning cardboard pizza box. Ditto in flavor. Light roast malts. Very lightly fruity upon warming. Slight yeast.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cardboard and yeast aroma. Expands into burnt malts. Body is fruity and rich. The Belgian yeast is very strong and makes this beer.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
aged one year... pours black with mild champagne bubbles. nose is carmel, toffee and dark fruit soaked in bourbon. mouthfeel is lots of carbonation, almost too much for a beer. taste is toffee and dark fruit and cherries. finishes with fermented fruit of mild bourbon. good, but there are better.
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Craft bottle pours a very rich full bodied stout. Aroma is somewhat sweet but not over powering. Appearance is very nice for a stout with a rich black bodie and tan head. Thought this beer would be to sweet but it was very pleasing, a great stout. A dark beer that most people can enjoy, hope you try it.
portableparty (2242) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Wow... Pour is rich black brown with big tan brown head that fades to a collar around glass. Aroma is nice coco and coffee with a belgium yeast. Taste is nice and creamy followed be yeast which then leads into coco and coffee with some soy vanilla. Palate is full a fizzy and bubbly feel, with a dry and chaulky finish.
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium to small, fizzy dark tan to brown head, medium-short retention, though the edges remain intact, leaving enough for spotty lacing. Aroma is moderate malt (coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, roast), average hops (floral), and average esters (fruity) with notes of spicy alcohol, prunes, vanilla, port/vinous, and raisins. Flavor is moderate malt (coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, roast), average hops (floral), and average esters (fruity) with notes of spicy alcohol, prunes, vanilla, port/vinous, and raisins. Full body, high warmth, moderate carbonation, medium creaminess though the alcohol spices up and dries out the finish. Nice beer to start the Thanksgiving Day, a warming sensation and pleasant dark fruit notes throughout.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an oily opaque with a creamy spotty-lacing dark tan head. Has a sweet rich dark caramel and chocolate malty nose with some complex doughy character and dark fruity complexity. Starts with good fullness and chewy dark caramel sweetnes with some molasses and raisin complexity finishing bittersweet and dark chocolaty. An enjoyable and complex imperial stout that should age well.