mpeatfish (1) - - JUL 3, 2016 does not count
This stout is second only to the oldest brewery in tadcaster England that made a Imperial stout for the czar in Russia. By far lagunitas hit a major home run on this beer and my favorite IS in North America and I’ve enjoyed a few.I drink it out of a open highball glass, great head awesome finish just really hits the mark with me.Enjoy. FlandersNed (395) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2015
22oz bottle. Wow - this aged extremely well - far better than it was when introduced. Very dark brown color. Molasses and dark chocolate with ripe figs, and a slight char note. Full+ body and medium- carbonation. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 12/23/2010. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.
The appearance is mostly opaque black with ruby edges. A small white head forms and dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.
Chocolate, dates, prunes, and sweet roasted malts come up to the nose.
The starting flavor is light chocolate, dark malts, dates, prunes, and espresso. The dark fruits surprised me a little bit here, in a good way. A little bit of black licorice, and no real hop presence. Stays sweet all the way to the end.
Black Rain feels sticky on the tongue, light to medium carbonation presented in a full body.
This was sweeter than I expected, maybe due to the time it spent in my cellar, but it was pretty nice. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Bottle thanks to GRG1313. Pours with a near black body with a small tan head. Aromas are of dark fruits, raisins, grainy, figs, plums, and some autolysis. Flavors are chocolatey, grainy, medium esters, dark fruits and leather. Lower carbonation with a fuller body. brokensail (16444) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Pours almost black in color with a minimal off-white head. Smells strongly of vanilla and molasses with a bit of dark fruit, dark chocolate, and coffee in there as well. It’s quite sweet on the nose; a bit too much for me. The flavor is somewhat nice, but also a bit too sweet. There is a really nice vanilla note, but also lots of molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. A hint of dark fruit and roasted malt, too. Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Picked this up at Sam’s Wine and Spirits on Butterfield on April 10, 2009.
A: Thick and very, very dark with minimal white head. A little bit of lacing.
S: Very sweet with a strong scent of black licorice. A little bit of dark malt with little hop presence.
T: Sweet and slightly bitter; the black licorice definitely comes through here. Very little complexity--mostly the sweetness throughout.
M: Light-to-medium bodied with very little carbonation. Slight alcohol feel as it goes down.
D: Not horribly impressive. I don’t think I would buy this one again. Too strong on the licorice, and not nearly enough complexity. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Bottle and served in my Expedition snifter: Pours a deep brown with reddish highlights, small frothy tan head and some spotty lace. The aroma has notes of coffee, prune, walnuts, tar, some chocolate and vanilla, some grassy and herbal hops, and a a bit of sea salt and soy sauce weirdness. The taste starts shockingly medicinal, salty, and a bit meaty but then leads towards more traditional stout flavors of sweet and blackened malts. There is a bakers chocolate and peppery finish which is the best part of this brew. There is even a bit a nod towards the classic English kilned and oxidised flavor I do like. The mouth feel is a bit thin, something I would expect from a dry stout more than an Imperial. While brewed from Sam’s (RIP), I guess Binny’s got some of this and is least blowing it out to remove inventory. At the price, it is worth a try if you can find it. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Poured a very dark brown color with a beige head. Roasty aroma with some dry cocoa powder notes. Doughy notes that smell like a pretzel. Roasty chocolate flavor. Decent stuff. Medium bodied. SudsMcDuff (8428) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2010
UPDATED: APR 10, 2010 had fresh and aged a year .. . Black, low sturdy foam .. minimal tar, and light roast .. . medium mouthfeel . .a impy stout for the beginners to be sure but enjoyable and not stuft down your throat kinda brew.. . happy to have tried it.. . held up well for a thinner stout.. . alexsdad06 (10378) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2009
I’m over here in my unit, isolated and alone, eating my terrible tasting food, and I have to look over at that. That looks like the most fun I’ve ever seen in my entire life, and it’s B.S. - excuse my language. I’m just saying that I wash and dry; I’m like a single mother. Look, we all know home-ec is a joke - no offense - it’s just that everyone takes this class to get an A, and it’s bullshit - and I’m sorry. I’m not putting down your profession, but it’s just the way I feel. I don’t want to sit here, all by myself, cooking this shitty food - no offense - and I just think that I don’t need to cook tiramisu. Am I going to be a chef? No. There’s three weeks left of school, give me a fuckin’ break! ..I’m sorry for cursing.
22 oz. bottle purchased at Sam’s. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized fizzy tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, dark fruits, signs of oxidation, and burnt meat (maybe this is char, but it was strange). The flavor shows more signs of oxidation with dark fruity cherry, toffee, sweet, vanilla, woody, and some roast. Mouthfeel is thin for an imperial stout. Medium bodied at best. The combination of flavors is too sweet with not enough to chew on.
Rating #25 for this beer.