waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours black with one finger brown head. Nose is roasted malt, smoke, coffee, and tiny bourbon notes. Taste is roasted malt and a bit of booze. Not a great taste as far as complexity. The palate is oily and medium bodied. Decent stout I suppose. nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2009
On tap at the Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay. Poured a jet black with a one finger brown head. The aroma was roasted malt and coffee. The flavor was roasted malt, without much else. There was a HUGE boozy aftertaste. It was almost like I was drinking liquor. Glad I got to try this, but not very impressed. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Jet black pout brown head w/ nice lacing. Some bourbon notes sweet malts and alcohol a good roastiness. Nicely coated palate lightly creamy. Warm swallow chocolates carmels roast notes alcohol hint of wood. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Mulled roasted coffee flavors. Thought I tasted some chicory up in here. Cloying with not much body to throw around. JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2003
My first Deschutes and I went straight for the Imperial. It was lighter in color... my Imperial Stout better be blackety black!!!! Very plain coffee roast nose and slightly chalky and bitter (which is good). Not a strong Imperial Stout, although it did boast 9%.
fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Aroma seems to lack a strong character, slightly chocolatey. Flavor begins slightly bland, then a bourbon/chocolate flavor follows. Not a lot of hop character, another imperial tasted at the RAF that seemed a bit thin for the style. Smooth mouthfeel, soft finish, average for the style. jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2003
RAF: very sweet, brown sugar aroma. Dark with little carbonation, alcohol present and warming. Rather bitter, with a slightly thin finish (watery). Dry finish in the palate. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
cask (RAF): Roasty yet sour with notes of coffee and chocolate..Bitter rendition with a salty and fruity background with chocolate and roasty notes in the flavors..thin body for an imperial i must say.. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Real Ale Fest - Smoky/salty aroma. I want to rate this one higher but it really tasted more like a porter (malty chocolate roast) rather than a imperial stout. Seemed light...maybe they are going to tweak it a bit? CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2003
(On tap at Real Ale Fest - Chicago) Smoked Polish sausage aroma flows from the opaque body. Milk chocolate and plum flavor, but the body is a little thin. Finish is smooth and roasted and helps to round out a pretty good imperial stout.