RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 22oz bottle, sampled at camp after a bomber of Stone RIS 2005. Body is initially thin, but by the end of the bottle I was digging this one. It seemed more thick that at first, which had some light, dry malts, some cream and some very light dark woody fruit flavors. These dark fruit (plum, black cherries, etc) opened up a lot when it warmed: leaving me with a thick, rich and sweet dark chocolate, raspberry seed, black cherry and oak concoction. But still this imperial stout remains just below the level of being really good. My impressions are mixed, because at first it seems like a mid or high 2, but by the end I could almost give it a 4 or above. I will definitely rerate, but wait until the entire bottle is at a good temperature before I begin. I should also take this moment to bitch a litle bit, because Full Sail has the capacity, creativity and talent to brew a top 10 imperial stout if they wanted to, but their direction is more mass marketed, outside of the Boardhead, which has a loyal following in Oregon.

Ernest (7790) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (not opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel), lightly hoppy (grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Blah. Nothing Imperial about this one. Sourish, watery, boring.

Radek Kliber (7470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 28, 2010
Bottle 650 ml
Aroma clean dark roast , molasses , deep darkness , top made of alcohol. Neat. 7+
Appearance dark brown , minimal carbonation. Medium beige top.
Flavor and Palate : Full bodied with frontal fine carbonation. Dark earthy black malt , roast. Chewy mid dark character , hint of cocoa. Good clean Imperial stout.

CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Nearly opaque very dark brown body has a lightly-lacing tan head. Aroma is sweet, caramely and dark fruity with a hint of roastiness. Starts with rich, sweet caramel maltiness and some dark fruit. Finish has a strong roasty, almost ashy presence. Decent balance and complexity, but could lose some of its nearly burnt finish.

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2005
Bottle Black coffee, brown edges, large foamy beige head, enjoyable lacing.   Burnt malts, subtle chocolate - bittersweet, with a hint of alcohol.   Plum/fig/date like start, followed by heavily roasted malts and a dash of cocoa and apple skin.   Decent body, but the mouthfeel seems less than mediocre.   Picks up coffee at the finish.   Decent, just not thick enough.   Thanks Brian M!

kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
12 oz handbottle, via Wohlfs. Pitch black body with a thin covering of dark brown head that faded to a thin ring quickly. Nice roasty nose with some alcohol, caramel, and espresso. The lightest hint of soy as well. Flavor is rather thin with roast, caramel, a little soy, carmalized dark fruits, and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is thin with nice low fine bubbled carbonation. Finish is slightly more oily in texture. Not a bad beer, the flavor and aroma are nice, but the mouthfeel really is lacking and it all adds up to an average, at best, Imperial Stout.

BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2006
Tasted said-by-side against the BA version, sampled in a snifter:
Poured a deep black hue with a small tight head which faded but left good but spotty lacing.

The aroma has notes of heavy charred and chocolate malting, light espresso, moderate piney and grassy hops, and dusty yeast esters.

The taste is starts with a nice roasted overtone with the mocha and coffee tone shining though. I get more hop bitterness in this non-aged version which makes it a lot more drinkable and not over sweet. Finishes with just a touch of plum and prune flavors. I honestly like the flavor profile of the regular version more than the BA version.

The mouth feel of this beer is thinner and not as developed as the BA version, seems watery in comparsion. A bit asrengtent as well in the end.

Honestly this is very average when it comes to impy stouts, to weak in aroma and body to reach the levels of greatness. still should you get the chance to taste side-by-side like I did, then go for it.

Thanks Steve!

dwyerpg (6368) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 10, 2006
A very rich imperial stout, hoppy and intense. Heavy!! Had at the party, no. 39, but I can’t remember if it was this one or the bourbon barrel aged. My friend says it was the regular, but I wrote down in my notes that I definitely tasted some bourbon characteristics in this. For now it goes here, until I see if some other ratebeerians have it under the other category.

Cybercat (6017) - Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2015
Pours opaque coffee brown with a substantial tan head that leaves good lacing. Rich aroma has notes of roast malt, coffee, chocolate and caramel plus a hint of woody hops. Flavor has bold roast malt, coffee, earthy and nutty notes plus chocolate, molasses and hoppy undertones. Mouthfeel is firm and viscous, though fizz is average. Definitely black gold.

BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2005
Bomber pictured at the top left: Opaque black, tan head that looks like the bloom from freshly roasted coffee beans in the french press; clingy lacing. Nose of soy sauce, dark roast and fresh malts, a bit of alcohol, some toddlerish qualities. Brisk astringency, mild bitterness; I’m searching for any sweetness over those two. Finishes medium-well with with light tangy roasty notes. Kupo!

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