SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 28, 2010
In the 750 mL cork bottle from Beertopia. This is an unusual Impy Stout in that it is masquerading as a sweet stout. Black with a fleeting dark beige head, the aroma has a great coffee roastedness to it. I’m geting a mouthfel of something richer than a typical stout, but this is nowhere as chewey or oily as most imperial stouts. I am just blown away by the well-worked sweetness though. Not diabetic sweet, but definitely not in the dry stout domain. I doubt that this is a beer that will improve with age. It certainly is a shocker to see here that it is nearly 10% as it drinks much smoother than that. heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2010
I had a difficult time getting the cork out of this one, ended up using a cork screw. Finally, the first big stout I have had in a while that was truly black, no light showed, even when held to light. The large head was dark brown sugar colored. The nose was strong with pancakes as well as chocolate cake. There was also some light walnut. The taste starts with strong milk chocolate and then some raspberries. Then, as the beer slides across the tongue, you start to get dark stone fruit and some coffee. At the end of each drink, I got notes of rye as well as some fairly strong herbal hops, almost like orange peels. There is also an overarching cola note throughout. Definitely made for small drinks, this one is complex and big, but not totally disjointed. The myriad of flavors work fairly well together, even though I am tasting so many different things. I am jaded when it comes to imperial stouts anymore, but this one brings me back to realizing what I enjoy about them, just big in your face flavors. Not overly chewy or alcoholic, I find this one fairly easy to drink, despite the confusing flavors. Interesting anyway. badgerben (5316) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Black color with a large head. Nice aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted barley. A bit of an herbal aroma, like an Abt (Rochefort 12 or St Bernardus 12). Interesting taste. Milk chocolate, a little lactose and oats. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Chocolate malt tones, milky and sweet, with a modestly boozy body and some light oak. Roast y with a dry mineral finish and a modest warming. My sample was very nice. fiver29 (1112) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2010
Bottle pours black with tan head. Aroma is roasted grain and bittersweet chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and is pretty solid. Finishes dry.
BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2010
UPDATED: APR 24, 2010 Bottle. Very interesting. Dark brown pour that is highly carbonated. Huge tan head. Creamy mouthfeel yet light on the palate. Nose is yeast, roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Taste is chocolate, espresso, maybe a hint of dark fruit. Really good. ganache (6053) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Corked and caged via kuphish. Pitch pour, beautifully creamy, lacing big head. Light alcohol, roast, chocolate nose. Very airy, light chocolate and roast taste, but just so light and CREAMY, like a cloud. Low bitterness and mild figgy darkness. Very subdued berry and some licorice, finished with a bare hint of smoke. Sort of an imperialized Beamish (don’t know how representative my memory is). Medium body. kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours an inky black, opaque body with a large, brown, scoopable head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, light roast, a touch of coffee, and elusive hints of dark fruit. More of the above in the flavor along with licorice and some faint star anise. A pleasant roasty bitterness accompanies the malt and spice. Body is medium-full with average carbonation that borders on slightly aggressive. Bitter finish with contributions from both the hops and roast. Overall a super pleasant stout. Props to Boulevard on another Smokestack well done! Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Pours a lacing tan head with a dark brown body. Aromas of alcohol, fruity, roasted, and a little cocoa nib. Flavor is fruity, roasted, alcohol, hint of cocoa, little brewed coffee note in the bitterness. Sticky, yet dry finish. MmmcKay (1053) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Guess who’s back tasting. Pours black with a lively head. Smokey, spicey, and jumpy n the palate, especially for a Imperial Stout. Hops are still alive in this beer. Bitter dark chocolate. Not overly rich. The sparky hops take care of that. Good stuff.