Darkmagus82 (2303) - - NOV 3, 2015
2015 vintage poured from 750 ml bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head of the brew has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heavy of a dark and roasted malt smell with tons of coffee and a good strong showing of aromas of chocolate and a raisin. Along with these aromas comes some lighter notes of licorice and vanilla as well as a little bit of a toasted wheat bread smell and some light vanilla.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasty and toasted malt flavor with a decent showing of a chocolate and lightly molasses sweetened expresso taste. As the taste advances, it ends up getting slightly sweeter as more molasses and chocolate, as well as a hint of sweet crème, vanilla and some raisin come to the tongue. All the while however, the sweetness is balanced by some char and an almost grainy like taste. Some boozy tastes of bourbon come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste, and with a slight increase in the sweet, end up leaving one with a dark and roasty, warming taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the rather thick and chewy side with a creamy texture and a lighter carbonation. These feels are fantastic for the rich dark, roasty, and lightly sweet and boozy tastes of the brew and make for a very pleasant slow sipping beer; accentuating all the rich tastes of the brew very nicely.
Overall – This is a very nice imperial stout overall. Not overly sweet, but very much sweet enough. It has a great roastiness and a fantastic feel, which overall creates a mouth coating, rich and roasty feel.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2010
first grand teton offering. pours blacker than black with a head that heads south quickly after the pouring. nose of smokey bonfire and roast and burnt chocolate. taste is heavy roast and smoke with a little dried fruit and a sweet alcohol, like sherry as the brewer states. either way, this is one great imperial stout. robertjm (910) - Albany, California, USA - FEB 4, 2010
"Sounds" thick coming out of the bottle. Pours dark muddy brown head which falls fairly quickly. Dark brown body. Aroma of black pumpernickel bread. Pronounced flavor. Lots of sweetness of caramel, molasses, and brown sugar, rounded off with hops. Rather obscure but there’s an aftertaste of Brazil nuts. (if you’ve had Brazil nuts you know the difference. Definitely ain’t peanuts!!). While there is some thickness to the body, it’s not nearly as thick as something like Bell’s Expedition Stout or Avery Czar. Pretty nice beer! 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Bottled on 10.29.2009. The beer pours to a black body that has some translucency while being poured. A thick bubbly medium dark brown head with excellent lacing sits on top. The aroma is sweet chocolate brownies or cake. Sweetened condensed milk, chocolate, and oatmeal. The flavor is deep roasted charred malt, licorice, black patent, oats, and sweet milk chocolate. The palate is medium-full bodied, residual sugars are fairly prevalent. Coating. BVery (11575) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Tap. Flat-out spectacular. Very dark pour. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste is creamy, chocolate, and coffee. Love this stuff.
Brigadier (3830) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2011
12 ounce bottle
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Lurking in the cellar I popped this one open on a lazy evening. The result was a well made imperial stout that lived up to all expectations. If you enjoy world class beers that are more accessible than one off annual releases give this one a shot.
Aroma and appearance - The clear black lacing was clingy like someone lined the inside of the glass with plastic wrap. A lucid tan head faded away over time into the inky black base. Chocolate, plum, coffee, anse, and fudge brownies soaked in vanilla and cream icing smother the air.
Flavor and palate - Warm chocolate truffles stick to ever corner of the palate. Espresso, smoke, anise, and raisins begin the transition to a roasted finish. The end result sticks in the throat for a while like residual smoke from a bonfire. The total experience is pleasing to all senses and does not disappoint at all.
On tap. A pitch black with a brown head and lacing. The aroma has chocolate, coffee, and some smokiness. The flavor is mainly chocolate up front, but it has a fair amount of coffee and malt sweetness with a smoke flavor and semisweet and slightly spicy aftertaste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jduker000 (19) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2013
First off, great beer. poured motor oil black with a thick, full head. Aroma and taste was toasted malt and the booze wasn’t overwhelming, which is sometimes a problem with imperial stouts. Palate was syrupy and coated my tongue. Perfect. Great standard imperial stout that should be used as a measuring stick cathcacr (651) - Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2016
Fine beer although middle of the pack for an IS (which means around 17/20 on my scale). You’ll get what you expect out of IS, which is good, though probably not much more. Bitterbill (2079) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 16, 2017
Bottled August 22nd 2017.
It pours black with plenty of tan foam and lacing.
Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate aromas with a heck of a lot of bitterness and mild sweetness.
Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, touch of sweetness, vanilla, bitter sweet taste overall with the 9.5 %abv hidden well in this creamy Imperial Stout.