Zeswaft (1780) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2010
Nowadays I rarely drink imperial stouts and now I think I remember why. I can feel myself getting fatter while drinking this. This a tasty, albeit overwhelmingly, sweet and intensely rich stout. Syrupy and almost too sweet. Luckily there is a noticeable helping of hops to balance this out. My sister sent me two of these for my 26th birthday. I’m gonna lay one down for a few months and let it mellow out. Zeswaft scale Flavor 9, Value 7 It’s hard to justify $10 for a bomber but it did get me wobbly. deyholla (12253) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a very think dark brown head. Aroma has clear notes of hops with an undertone of roasted malts and dark dried fruits. The flavor begins with a flavor of alcohol, but notes of pine hops as well as dark fruits and roasted malt grow throughout the beer. bretupdegraff (243) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2010
Tried this in 2010 - bottle was 2010 and it needs more time in the bottle. Very boozy and had a strange oder to it. Taste was good and very hoppy. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2010
22oz bottle. Small tan head atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some milk chocolate, roast, grapefruit, light anise, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, orange, some grapefruit, light roast, alcohol warming. Grapefruit becomes more pronounced in both aroma and taste as the beer warms. Anise and some cherry creep in too. Grapefruit/orange hop burp. Smooth medium-full body, dangerously easy drinking. Damn, they aren’t kidding about the dry hopping. If Goose Island called this an IIBA, I couldn’t argue with them. drfabulous (8577) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 18, 2010
Amazing hoppy aroma that deceives. Lots of alcohol in that aroma. Blind folded, I wouldn’t know I’m about to drink a stout. Rich, thick, creamy chocolate taste. A bucket of simcoe here. Simcoe pretty much fixes everything (the way foodies think bacon does). I need to let it mellow a bit in the glass. Very boozy. A pretty complex and in your face stout for a company partly owned by In-Bev.
jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2010
22 oz bottle, pouring a thick inky black with a fleeting electric tan head. amazingly green and hoppy aroma, cascade or centennial and bourbon blend together and make it very inviting, with a hint of alcohol heat behind. slightly boozy imperial stout but a miraculous fusion of hops and roasty malt and alcohol - clean yeast profile and a full body. impressive brew, much better than the bourbon county. basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2010
I wanted to age this, but I couldn’t resist after Pat’s recommendation. Pours thick with almost no head. Looks intimidating. Aroma is very approachable. Plenty of floral hoppy notes along with chocolate. Thick on the palate, and coats the mouth. Flavor is hoppy, but it cuts through the rich chocolate malts. Very smooth, and the alcohol is hidden. Excellent beer. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2010
22oz from tytoanderson - thanks, Tyler!!! Well damn, I was certainly relieved to know the beer wasn’t dedicated to Richard Ramirez. This is a big boy. Deep oily pour initially but then things get a bit cloudy, with some roiling sediment in there and a deep cappuccino head. Looks potent. The nose is like really rich cocoa, with what seems like a hint of fruit in there (perhaps that’s from the dry hopping) and a nice roasted component for bite. It’s heavy and complex, just like the base, but the crispness from the dry hopping really does something to it that’s quirky and enjoyable. Definitely one to savor fresh. bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2010
22 ounce bottle, bottled on 3/6/2010. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a small 1/4 inch brown head. Head retention is low, with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is pretty interesting, the beer smells like coffee, roasted malt, citrusy hops, bittersweet chocolate and some caramel. It tastes like bittersweet chocolate, roasted and burnt/charred malt, coffee, caramel, citrusy hops and vanilla. Great mix betweeen the bitter and sweet flavors, this is a very tasty brew! Mouthfeel/body is full, it’s silky and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it’s very smooth and easy to drink. It should be a sipping beer, but I like it so much it’s a bit hard to just sip it. Also, for an 11.7% ABV brew the alcohol isn’t very noticable. I have to say I think this is a pretty good overall brew, it’s one of the best beers I’ve had lately. Definitely recommended. dwaggs2 (1298) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2010
Bottle. Poured a jet black color with a two finger tan head. Aroma was roasted malts, coffee, and caramel. Flavor was sweeter with chocolate, caramel, and coffee coming through. A sweeter imperial stout. Very thick and rich. A very oily and heavy mouthfeel. A great beer.