BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is of dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, spice, and grain. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, dark fruit, and alcohol. There is a slight, but nice hop presence underneath all the roasted malt and chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick, but also very buttery and smooth. Alcohol burn is very harsh after each sip. Body is medium and very carbonated. This one came off more like a foreign stout than an imperial stout to me. Not very drinkable, but still a very tasty beer. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2009
Thanks IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours dark black with a khaki head. Nose is alcohol, malt, coffee, cinnamon, spice, chocolate, earth, and some dark fruit. Flavor starts with roasted malt, coffee, and is closely followed by spice, and some sense of dark fruit. Lots of roasty malt character. Medium bodied with coffee bitter in the finish. Yellow laces the glass: Interesting beer. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2009
Bomber courtesy of ditmier. I love the label and the name. Very cool. Pours with a deep dark brown core and with less deep brown edges to go along with a mocha colored head. The aroma is chocolate, some molasses, a bit of roast and coffee. A big draw brings lots of coffee and a sense of booze. Yum. The taste starts with roasty malts that turn toward burnt malts, chocolate malts and molasses. A sense of booze is noticed midway. It gets a bit more molasses like into the finish with coffee notes in tow. Very nice stuff. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2009 Powerfully dark, espresso head, four fingers tall, rising like baked bread falling very very slowly. Simple burnt grain aroma. Strong malt, lots of refreshing west coast hops, no hint of alcohol here. This is much more like what I think of an Imperial Stout to be: Take a stout, dry and malty, and intensify it. It’s about time. sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2009
courtesy of ibrew2or3
Pours black, tan head, light golden lacing.
Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and light bittering hops.
Taste, roasted malts, coffee is just well present, light bitter chocolate and hops in the finish
Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2009
2008 from a 22 oz bottle. What a great beer! Tried it in a tasting with Full Sail Imperial Porter and Pike Entire and it was the clear winner. Coffee and chocolate on the nose with some fruit thrown in for good measure. Nice mouthfeel with espresso and bitter chocolate flavors and slight bitter finish. Excellent! puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle shared by MaxxDaddy. Aroma has alcohol, licorice, bitter black malts. Creamy flavor, charcoal, lots of carbonic acid, bitter roast. Tough to drink. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Taster – 2009 Washington Cask Beer Festival- Seattle, WAJK (6162) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Aroma: Huge dark malt aroma with chocolate and coffee lingering.
Appearance: Black in color, clear (if you can see through black) with a thin head.
Flavor: Big Flavor. The Chocolate and coffee comes through this is not your small Impy this grows on you.
Palate: Dry coffee finish, with a good Mouthfeel.
Overall: Great brew this was a tasty brew. I wish I had a few bottles of this to store for the long run.
Thanks to Skyview for this one. Roasted malt. Considerable hops. Black. Thick and heavy on the palate. The hops work well. There are not many imperial stouts like this and it is very well done. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Black with a frothy light brown head. Nice blackened malt, sweet dark pit fruit aromas. Medium body with a frothy mouthfeel. Deep roasty black malt flavor with sweet prune pit fruits to balance. Simple, but very good.