dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Black with ruby highlights and a tan head.Fruit,roasted,chocolate aroma.Warming alcohol and malt dominance. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2004
On tap at Redbones: Black with some brown notes in the light, tan head. Sweet coffee aroma, with a mild hops blast. Thick and oily and goes down smooth. Ends a bit sweet. I guess that I was lucky to try this beer in Massachusetts, given that it only has 5 ratings. TimE (5954) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 8, 2004
A lingering bitter chocolate nose and is thicker than mud. The body has subtle liquorices flavor that play second to the coffee and chocolate combination. The finish is big and warming. Hard to believe this is only 5.4%. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2003
The beer is as black as the depths of “Hell”, with a smallish deep chocolate head, that is spumescent in texture and the lace a thick and sticky blanket upon the glass. The aroma of roasted grain, sweet, nice hints of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, quite a fine nose, start is thick malt, rich and sweet, top is full in feel to the palate. Finish is pesky in its acidity, hops are scrumptious in their spiciness, aftertaste dry as a bleached desert bone, very long lasting and a fine stout from a fine brewery. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2004 Sweet aroma, and wouldn't you know it a sweet taste. Lots of burnt flavor and chocolate flavors, with hops as you go to the finish. VERY thick, I could use this for grease. ReRate Feb 2004: Came off a little sour this time, needs more time to mellow maybe? Still a good beer with an excellent mouthfeel.
Suttree (6430) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2003
Opaque Black, Thick Tan head. Dry finish, but it take a while to get there. Very viscous body, almost oily. Hops combine with Espresso and Dark chocolate. JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Delicious roasted aroma. Dark color, almost black. Smooth oily mouthfeel. Roasted flavor, with hints of coffee and Chocolate. Very acidic on the finish, to bad, other than that its a really good stout/ drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2004 Apparently the Stout and Imperial Stout are the same thing, but the difference is dramatic. The Imperial I had was nitro but with every ounce of flavor the regular stout has plus some of the most creamy chocolate I've ever tasted. The bottled version has some very rich/sharp alchohol that sits in your sinuses. Hints of nuttiness and coffee roastiness - maybe a bit astringent but not so bad. A powerful beer, but nothing really too out of sight. (I don't believe that 5.4% ABV by the way) My Imp. stout rating was 4.3 and my stout rating was 3.6 so this is an amalgamation of the two. baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - FEB 10, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 Bottle 2/2003: Quite dark, reddish brown. Quite attractive with a khaki head. Super roasty toasty aroma comprised of a ton of chocolate, coffee, and burnt malts backed by prunes, raisons, bread, and dehydrated bananas. Notes of fresh cut grass on the finish. Super bitter finish that is a bit overdone. The finish seems to be coming from the roast malts but I don't get any astrigency. Really smooth full body. Very fine beer other than the finish. HH (166) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2003
This beer alone would be a good excuse to go back to LaConner. Thick creamy head on top of jet black liquid. Creamy, great flavor. One of the best Imperials to be found anywhere. Can't add much more. See previous ratings.
Earlier Rating: 7/25/2002 Total Score: 3.6
I agree largely with Bill’s rating, this seems higher than the indicated 5.4% Nice aromas and good body make this a fine stout. I have this every time I visit the brewery.