cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2006
Black color with a very light tan head that fades quickly. Pleasant roasted malt aroma. Usual heavy malt - chocolate flavor. Has a lingering malt aftertaste. Good hop bitterness backing. Smooth, medium to full body beer. Very nice. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Pours black but no head at all. Very smokey flavor along with a soy sauce kick this beer tasted like smoked salmon, which is good, cause I like smoked salmon. The roasty chocolate flavors had trouble showing through the salty soy sauce flavor and smoked finish and a slightly acidic finish showed up. This was pretty nice, very bold and "in your face" kinda brew. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2007
22oz bomber, no date. Pours a black with a half finger fading tan head. Aroma of roasty malts, caramel, molasses, soy, a bit of vanilla ____--I can’t put a finger on what though--a little hazelnuts, a tinge of earthy hops. ETOH so far is covered well. Flavor has much more roast and coffee in it--namely coffee in the bitter dry finish. There is also a bit of saltiness, not really soy anymore, and the molasses is still there. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium body, minimal carbonation--would’ve liked it a little thicker. TAR (2787) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2002
Very little foam with ruby highlights showing through the light. Huge Imperial aroma boasting caramel, chocolate pudding, raisin, tropical fruit, dark cherry, dark grape, and alcohol. Medium body. Rich, bitter chocolate slowly transitions to vinous notes, cardboard, lactic twang, and some dryness. Intertwined peat smoke/roast flavors. Only modestly hopped. Rich flavors are unapparent, thus leaving me with something more than a yearning for a deep richness to grab foothold onto the back of the throat, other than the top of the mouth. Subtle touches of charcoal linger at the finish. This is too light, sour, and fruity for my thoroughly enjoyment. Sadly, this is so thinnish and hoppy, it could be suffice as an aperitif. However, to newbies of the style, this would serve well. jazz88 (2699) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 8, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2003 Rating #1 Tap @ Hopyard Alehouse in Pleasanton (next door to the brewery) (7 5 7 4 16). Solid black color with a creamy brown head that kept its form and size until the finish. Incredibly smooth, full bodied and rich. A malty finish with a roasted and chocolate flavor. Dark fruits can be found in the aroma and flavor, but they remain understated. To move this beer into the elite status of the imperial stouts it needs that added complexity either in the fruits or the layers of chocolate and roasted malts. Rating #2 Bottle (7 3 7 3 16). Solid black color with a laced chocolate brown head. Noticeably hoppier than the draft version. A somewhat lighter body, although it still contains plenty of roasted malts and chocolate. The dark fruits again remain understated, and this becomes somewhat more pronounced given the lighter body.
willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2004
12.10.04 Bomber bottle thanks to loweredsixth. Nearly black beer with thin tan head. Aromas are molasses sweet and sharpness is betrayed with a slight nasal burn from alcohol and hops. California style impy all the way, this brew is not letting me down. Deep and roasty, not much fruit. Plenty of coffee, caramelized grapefruit, burnt hazelnut. Could be fuller bodied for an imperial but the solid alcohol presence makes up for that pretty well. Very nice brew. Thanks, Joe! joet (2664) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2002
Very ballsy of them to be serving a nitro beer here. I've heard several people comment that they won't be served a notro at a beer fest. I really don't mind. Tiny nitro bubbles, sheeting, some gnarly sour fruit, doug flavors, citric notes in the hopping. I want more from this brew than it gave and the flavors could be smoothed and harmonized. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2002
'Bottled Version': The beer pours a deep brown to black, the head is chocolate brown, frothy, dissipates rather quickly, the lace is quite good and clings in sheets to the 'Chalice'. Nose is toasted malt, coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate. Front is sweet, the top is medium to full, the finish is nicely hopped, dry, somewhat acidic, and a decent Imperial, not a 'Stone', but still quite drinkable and well worth the try, and most certainly the 10% abv will warm your 'Tummy'. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 Draught: I didn't realize that this was an imperial at the time, the bar menu just said 'old yeltson stout'...9% abv wasn't noticed at all..my notes: extremely Beautiful looking brew...black with 3/4 inch of an everlasting creamy tan head..completely breathtaking...cocoa in aroma with slight coffee undertones..Rich mocha...roastedness...great carbination...slight bitter but nonsweet finish MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Pours a dsark black w/ a small well laced tan head. Smells of roasted malt lactose and little bitter hop. Well coated smooth light creamy palate. Flavor has a touch of an odd sourness hints of coffee and lots of roasted malt w/ a strange milkiness. Odd for the style as I dont’ want tart in my dark beers but still not bad.