skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2009
2004 bottle drank in 2005. Definitely has been one of FS’s stronger points. Pours straight black with tiny tanned hints and a dark tan head. Mediumly thick aromas of sweet burnt malts, coffee, and roast. Notes of much of the same in the flavors, with hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. A standard in Impy Stouts, not mind blowing, but damn good, especially when it was first being brewed. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2005
22 oz bottle. Black color with a low-level, filmy tan head. Not a lot of hop aromatics in the nose (which is a good thing) and the malt aromatics are not exactly unpleasant but not really pleasant either. Hints of dried fruits, cocoa and abrasive hops in the nose. Strong, malty flavor, but very burnt and coffee-like and equally fruity, but not vinous with a banana infused yeast contribution. I expected more from Full Sail. This is pretty amateurish. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Bomber bottle. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights when held to light and a nice tannish head. Aroma features lots of roasty malts, espresso, bitter chocolate, sour milk and floral hops. Flavor is all of the above from the aroma, with a little charcoal roastiness and a somewhat overpowering floral aftertaste. Medium to full body and cream carbonaton. This doesn’t compare to the best of the class, but it’s not bad. Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Dark black with a tan and solid creamy head. Stringy lacing. It’s a good looking beer. Aroma is full of roast and hops. Bitter coffee and a touch vinous. There is almost a hint of ginger about. Chocolate. The flavor is bitter hops and coffee. There is roast malts and a bit of astrigency There is a hint of fruits. The palate is tingly with a bitter tail of mocha and espresso. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Jaded. Seems that’s what’s happening. Getting jaded. Too much of too many good things? Who knows. This didn’t impress me as I had hoped. Nice dark, almost opaque black body with a frothy tan head. Hints of chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee, vanilla. Thin and watery. Decent flavor but nothing that would have me begging for more.
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle, 2005. Dark brown, black, with a light brown head. Aromas are roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and caramel. Flavors are roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Body is a bit thin.
More body and a little less bitterness, and this would be amazing. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Tap at brewery. Deep brown in color, very nearly black. A tan head barely forms, quickly leaves and there is no lacing left behind. Bery big coffee aroma, a touch of chocolate. Bedium bodied and low in carbonation. Very coffee in flavor, roasted grain with nice hop bitterness backing it all up. Solid IS, needs more body and complexity to bring it in to contention with the big boys. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Sampled at Portland City Grill, bomber. Pours a dark reddish brown, no head at all. Aroma was light coffee, but need to reevaluate outside of a bar. Taste is dominated by a strong chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt combination. Also some coffee in there. Finish brings bitterness and more roasted malt. Palate was thick, viscous and quite oily. Very good beer, I need to get another chance at it. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
GABF ’05. Black body, light tan head. Chocolate-malt aroma with substantial hop undertones. Chewy dark malt flavor with anise and latte coffee. Roasty dark fruity finish. A pretty good I.S. that would have been unique 3 years ago. Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle, from Vintage Sellers in Great Falls , MT. Poured thick and black into my Maudite glass, 1.5-finger dark tan head, spotty lacing, pretty average looking for a Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout. Nose is big, sweet bourbon, loads of vanilla and bourbon notes, lots of "chocolate shake" notes, a bit boozy, more complex than I was really expecting. Shades of Bourbon County or Ivan the Terrible in the nose. Flavours are a bit disappointing - Stout shows plenty of dark fruit and decent roast, though a bit thin. The Bourbon notes are pretty fantastic, again - Full Sail clearly spent good money on quality Bourbon casks, and I’m sure the stout underneath is just fine, it just isn’t quite big enough to handle the big bourbon notes. A solid effort from Full Sail.