WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), California, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler via trade with Puddintane. Shared with my gf Cyn on the 75th Anniversary of Prohibition. Pours black with a 2 finger at pour now 1 fingerish light brown head. Nose is big on the malt and oat. Taste is big and sweet and oaty. It tastes like an awfully big oatmeal stout, and I gotta say that I like it. This is a really interesting beer. The bitterness is a bit up front but its pretty nice.
Brigadier (2230) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewpub
I closed out the night with a pint of this. At $2.50 it was a bargain. This was one of the better imperial stouts I have had from a small brewpub operation. While it lacks the depth of the true big boys that probably has more to do with issues about space to age and cost of ingredients more than anything else. Given more time and money I think this would be an even better beer.
Aroma / Appearance - A sticky tan lacing formed a coating around the inside of the pint glass. As the mocha colored head receded it raised the level of the fluid black body underneath. This is not the darkest imperial stout but it does suck up quite a bit of light. The nose reminded me of Terrapinís imperial stout with oatmeal, coffee, vanilla and ash being the strongest factors. This is the discount version of Founderís Kentucky Breakfast Stout in my opinion.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel was wonderfully thick and textured as it covered the tongue. A hint of carbonation stood out. Overall though the main players were coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, smoke and ash. For a 9.5% ABV beer this was very easy to drink. Make sure that you either take your time or line your stomach with food. Otherwise it will get to you in a hurry.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the world of creaminess, this imperial oatmeal is on the leader board. On tap at the Winter Warmer Festival, this was a great treat. Delicious aroma of roasted and sweet malts backed by some fresh coffee. An opaque dark brown pour with a medium sized khaki colored head and lots of layered lacing. Filling and incredibly smooth on the palate, itís hearty yet delicate and silky. The flavors developed more as this beauty warmed up. Lots of creamy chocolate backed by some strong coffee. Dark cherries and red wine flavors are intertwined between the assortment of roasted, dark malts. A nice low bitterness from a small amount of floral hops. Nutty and sweet, itís a great example of an amped up sweet stout.
Sammy (7035) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2008 Larry has hit his full stride with this labour of love: 20% oatmeal. Aroma of toasting, dark with mocha head. IBU 34 yet full satisfying and not overwhelming bitterness. Lots of chocolate malt and(though he may not admit it) pure dairy chocolate. Like a milk stout with oatmeal. A breakfast alternative. Pre-carbonation.