beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown head. Superb aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt and toasted bread. Excellent flavor of milk chocolate, roasted malt, toasted bread and bitterness in the end. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and moderate carbonation.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma of roasted malt, light coffee, chocolate-bitter. Poured a swirling black with a nice dark tan cap. Flavor is nice meld of oatmeal, roasted malts and chocolate but more toward the oatmeal side. Palate is well matched, a tad on the hot side but well matched bitterness really absorbs it. Well done, I’m glad the Frog hopped to PA.
bassbuckeye (81) - Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intense!!! Dark with tofee head. Taste roasted coffee and chocolate with some fruity and herbal tones. I could go on...
yngwie (16879) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Gosh, it looks good, with it’s black body without any carbonation, at least none visible, and a brown lid on top. Mocha, chocolate, a pleasant sweetness and some fruityness and some alochol as well as hops in the aroma. A lovely blend. The flavor doesn’t reach the same level of close-to-perfection, with it’s roastyness and alcohol, as well as bitterness, coffee and chocolate, but it’s damn good anyway. It has a warming touch from the alcohol, it’s full-bodied, and has a finish with the same fine flavors as it starts with. A wonderful, balanced beer leaving you with the desire for more. (071123)
Thprovider (24) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle from Rozi’s wine house in lakewood OH. Pours a rich, thick black with a small chocolate brown head. Great aroma of espresso, toffee, dark chocolate and complex mid palate with a bit of fruit. Finish is bitter and gets better as it warms up. All in all, a great value for the an Imperial stout, I will definitely be getting more of this.
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with DeuceDeuceOU. Pours a dense black with a luscious, bubbly chocolate brown head. Gorgeous looking brew. The aroma is outstanding with lots of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and prunes. The flavor is also very good, but not quite as complex as the aroma with plenty of roasted malt, but less coffee and chocolate, and no prune flavor or any other dark fruits. As the beer warms, a light tobacco flavor emerges. Luscious and full-bodied with a silky, creamy mouthfeel. Excellent!
Ernest (7593) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2011 Bottle.
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black (opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), lightly hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), with notes of vanilla, alcohol, blackberry, light note of smoke.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
A bit boozy and ordinary, but solid and clean overall. Nice aroma and good flavor balance for the style. Not exciting or unique, but you could do a lot worse in this all-too-overrated genre. Wins mainly by playing it safe.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 Pours pitch black with a ark chocolate brown head. Beautiful roasty aroma of coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, sugar cane, oatmeal and hazelnut. Flavor has simialr attributes as its aroma. Very malty with lots of oatmeal, chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, sugar cane, alcohol and caramel. Very smooth with a burnt, bittry dry finish. Amazing!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid black, with a roasty brown head, oatmea meets cocoa powder.
Big, fat, wide and out loud aroma. bitter hops, molasses, chocolate, a trickle of anise...rich and decadent, potent and luxurious, edging into whiskey-ish flavors.
Drinkin’ it...there we go, the vastness, the slick, viscous feel, with smooth, roasty oatmeal riding under it...terribly full-flavored, full-bodied, though not as thick as I like an Imperial Stout. Fine as it is, though. Goodness, it’s good.
A well-balanced, multi-layered, drinkable RIS. Tasty. This does a body good on a cold December night. Alcohol doesn’t intrude on the enjoyment.
Gets sharp at times, bright fruit flavor flashes in...but remains a solid Imperial Stout. Delicious stuff.
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Pours pitch black & viscous with a tight compact head from an aggressive pour. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolates, caramel and a light hint of alcohol. Flavor is similar with dark chocolate covered cherries, roast malt/barley and coffee that yields to bittersweet chocolates/cocoa with a light hop backing. Nice mouthfeel with a medium heavy body that finishes warm and roasty.