JohnKirk (1) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2005 does not count
Warm - about what you’d expect from a typical Imperial Stout, but a little lacking in charred grain flavor and hops. slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
This beer lokos great, with a very dark color and copper colored head. The palate is a little thin for a big dark beer like this, but the flavor is very heavy. The flavors of this beer are very nice, except for the fortified alcohol taste. It tasted buttery and roasty at first, and then turned into fortified alcohol taste that ruined the whole beer. I wouldn’t order this again. bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
On tap at the brewpub. Aroma is boozy, bready, some roast. Dark and opaque. Medium body, flavor is full-on roast, with some booze hanging over redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Chocolate and coffee on the nose with a strong bourbon note. Pours black with an off white head. Bourbon upfront with oak flavors and vanilla with chocolate malts, a little thin and there’s a very mild tartness. Not bad. Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
Sample on tap at PIB. Pours a solid black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of molasses, dark fruits, dark chocolate, lightly smoked wood, bourbon. Flavour of dark fruity sweetness, coffee, molasses, butterscotch and oak. Cloying. Too sweet and boozy.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 Translucent muddy-brown body with a fading tan head. No noticeable viscosity. Deep and roasty with properties of rum raisin and ashtray. Comes across as fairly harsh and rough. Needs some softer, less roasty malt character to make this more complex, creamier and more palatable.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Maybe the first time Full Sail has failed to meet expectations, though they are pretty high expectations. Aroma is roasted chocolate, which didn’t compete well with the other chocolate brews at OBF. Appearance is nice and dark, with some red streaks in it, as well as a nice coppery head. Flavor is a bit too much alcohol for the palate, making it a bit harsh. Mouthfeel is very creamy. 3fourths (9356) - 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. DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2006
22 oz. bottle. Dark black with medium head. Roasty aroma. Big dark flavors and lots of bitterness. Pretty dry compared to some Imperial stout’s residual sweetness. Not as balanced as I like but still a good beer. The alcohol is nicely covered by the dark flavors and the bitterness. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Black with small head. Dominated by fusel alcohol in the taste and aroma. Coffee, chocolate and dark fruit try to come through, but this is just way too harsh. Hopefully a year in bourbon casks will turn it into a gem again. Bitter finish.