User37895 (3042) - - JUN 11, 2006
Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a small head that laced ok. The aroma was of chocolate and some coffee and this one definitely improved with temperature. The flavor was chocolate and coffee with some dark fruits underneath. Sweetness increased significantly with temperature, maybe too much. Nice touch of hops in the finish, resinous flavors most prominent. Mouthfeel wasn’t creamy enough, but it was syrup-like to thin for the style. An enjoyable beer, but not top of its style. luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2006
This little skipper isn’t quite as serious and roasty as some, but it’s quite nice. Bottled. Beer is a nearly opaque, dark brown color with a large, frothy, off-white, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma is redolent of natural sugars. Malty with moderate notes of roasted grain, sweet chocolate, milky-roasty with a nice of mocha latté, genuine molasses; Hoppy with a moderate herbal note; Yeasty with a moderate note of dough; Miscellaneous notes of moderate-to-heavy rasin-spicy alcohol, moderate peach/bubble gum, light note of maple syrup. The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic, hot with a long, moderately bittersweet, lightly acidic, moderately warm, lingering finish. Gingerbread and molasses retros are nice. The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively. timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Dark brown (not dark enough) with a thick tan brown head that laces the whole way down the glass. Big coffee nose with a faint smell of alcohol. Roasted malt taste with an alcohol taste and warming following not far behind. Thick creamy feel. A fun RIS. Give this one a try if you can find it in your area. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Poured black with medium tan head. Aroma of sweet molasses, toffee and chocolate malts, a bit of oatmeal maybe or grains and a tad of alcohol. Full rich, albeit a bit one dimensional, malt flavor. Lingering dry roasted malt flavor that sits on my tongue. I sense a bit of hops hiding behind the malt flavor. Just before the next sip I taste a hint of oatmeal or maybe grain malts. I don’t sense the 10%+ ABV at all. KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Dark color. Smell of chocolate, roasted coffee and caramel. Coffee, vanillia, chocolate and a bitterness that lingers for a while. I can taste a little alcohol but it is masked very well.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Lots of chocolate, with mild coffee and toffee flavors. Slightly sweet and very smooth. ABV is well hidden. Like a rich dessert in a bottle. Delirium (669) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 Bottle. Pours black or dark brown with a thin white head. Interesting aroma, mainly of choclolate-covered candied cherries. Very rich malty sweet taste, with lots of different flavors interacting: different dark fruits (fig, cherry, plum), chocolate, a bit of espresso, caramel, molasses, etc. Finishes still sweet, but with a bit of roasted malt and just a tiny bit of hops. A bit of texture in the mouthfeel. The 10.4% alcohol is completely unnoticeable. Very good, although not really what I expected from an imperial stout: it’s much sweeter, less hoppy, more textured, and thinner (especially on the pour) than an imperial stout. Instead, I’d call it an excellent cross between a sweet stout and an imperial porter, serving as a good dessert beer. molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 From my notes, April ’06. Black with miniscule head. Smells of various fruit and chocolate caramel. Taste of caramel and fruit. 10.4% alcohol? Where? Tastes more like 6.4%. Heavy palate with a sweet finish, interesting, more like a porter. Good beer. piscator34 (2529) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 15, 2006
Black in colour with slightly lower than average carbonation. Great aromas of chocolate, caramel, vineous fruit and roasted grain. Quite rich chocolate and espresso flavors, with more caramel and chared grain flavor. There were also some notes of dark berry fruit. Very heavy body with a sweet malty (somewhat cloying) finish. Could have used some more bitterness, but a fairly good beer overall. bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a red tint and a thin, quickly dissipating head. Has a chocolate and caramel malty aroma with a hint of dark fruits and smoke, but the aroma is pretty weak for an imperial. The taste is really good though - full of complex flavors. There is a lot of chocolate, espresso, caramel, molasses, cherry, scotch, licorice, raisin, plum, fig. Tons of different flavors bouncing on the palate. It’s initially very sweet and sticky, but has a pleasant hops bitterness in the finish. It goes down super smooth with a nice tartness and warming alcohol sensation in the back of the throat. Really one of the only negatives about this beer is that it’s not as full-bodied and thick as the really good imperial stouts. It’s really more like an imperial porter. But overall, this is a great tasting beer.