xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2005
(bottle) Pours black with hardly a tan head. Coffee/chocolates were in the nose, same in the taste except it was sweeter then I expected. Alchohol was not well hidden, and it was very oiley, very syrupy, but not in a good way. I wasnt impressed by full sail this time. But, I’ll drink their barley wine anyday! drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2005
My roomates stumbled upon a bottle of this in Glacier, WA of all places. Deeply infused with esspresso, this stout seems to take on a slightly thin/astringent character, although it gets better with warmth. The smoke comes through as well as some dark chocolate. The alchohol is there but all but buried under all that coffee. This definitely could use some time to mellow out, but with some roundness it could really be another excellent Full Sail. mybrainhurts (400) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Almost black pour with some red tints on the sides of the glass. Roasty, alcoholic nose. Roasted malts, plums, and pepper. Very dry and acidic finish. A tangy and roasty imp stout. Not bad. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Thanks to SNOB for the bottle. Medium sized dark tan foamy head. Slightly phenolic aroma with slight alcohol and banana undertones. Some roastiness, with a clashing hop spiciness. Alcohol and residual spicy hop character dominate the finish. 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.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2005
22oz bottle. Surprise, I actually enjoyed this one. dark color, decent brown head, no lace. Aroma very similiar to coffee. And it drnks with coffee intensity as well... body is decent, a bit light for a big stout maybe, but still full. Chocolate and hints of liquorice round out the beer. the finish is a bit thin. This isn’t really in the league as far as world class RIS...but it made me think that maybe Full Sail MIGHT produce a truly good beer at some point! This one is almost close. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Black maple. Rocky, tiny-bubbled gray-tan foam. Lovely nose of black currants bathing in port. Touch of roast, black licorice, coffee, and hazelnuts. Dry with medium spritz. Airy and firm initially. Possesses just enough softness, however, as ensuing rush of port and moist prunes uphold the body. Chalky, snappy malt spine vivifies the earthier roast twinge. Dab of nuttiness, but there’s little malt depth, otherwise. Tasty blend of brisk roast, vibrant espresso, and dark chocolate truffles is washed away by the char induced astringency and dryness. Quite gritty with some mineral heftiness and more astringency which ride alongside a plethora of fruity esters, ink, and espresso softness to lighten the hard malt frame. Finishes suggestively dry with a salty char accent as notes of black currants and molasses rise to the surface and linger. A pretty nice Imperial. kramer (6991) - 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. Sammy (12995) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2010
Pours black with a big soapy head. Spider webs of lace. Roasty aromas, bold taste, mostly coffee. A bit astringent.Decent enough RIS, thanks Radek. jb43 (1695) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
(2009 bottle, sampled 8/15/10). Black color. Medium tan head. Moderate chocolate aroma with light alcohol. Flavor of the same, with light roastiness. Avg duration. Light alcohol finish.