cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2006
Black color with no head. Light aroma of roasted malt and molasses. Flavor is malty with esters. Big up front bitterness. Thin body. Alcohol is barely detectable. OK beer. Dhrjericho (66) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2006
Pours a very dark color. Aroma was mallty with a slight smoke aftertaste. Flavor is a very good rich stout with a heavy finish.
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 28, 2006
"Poured almost black with some red edges okay head and lacing. Aroma was of chocolate. FLavor was much the same with dark fruits and coffee coming out after it warmed. Mouthfeel was thin for style. "
Foxbush (2088) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2006
This was one of six beers purchased at the Carytown Square Richmond, VA. The stout poured with a frothy tan head. the color was jet black. There were hints of raisins, licorice and coffee. The high alcohol was hdden very well. The beverage was smooth to the last. Some hops that tempered the sweetness. Not bad but not GREAT!!! Braudog (6805) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2006
On tap at the brewery in a mercifully small glass at the brewery, 4/13/06: dark, dark red bordering on black. Simple review: this is strong. Syrupy essence. The 9.5% alcohol can’t hide in this. Big stout.
Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2006
12 oz bottle
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2006
This dark colored liquid poured with a thin tan head that soon dissolved to nothing. As it sat there, scents of cocoa, coffee, vanilla and slight hops revealed themselves. On taking a sip I was overwhelmed by the bitterness. After that, a pleasant mixture of flavors became evident including roasted coffee beans, chocolate powder, walnuts and a peppery taste. Soon afterwards a malty texture joins in. Overall there is a nice velvety feel but I feel like the flavors could be a little tighter and richer. I hope that oak aging improves on the base version; this one is nice but it is not enough to make me want another bottle.
On tap, tulip at Silver Creek. Dark brown body, creamy tan head. Odd wood-roasted hop aroma and start. Rich whiskey chocolate flavor... odd start maybe fungal or lactic? Was hoping for better, but its "odd" character that I keep referring to turns me off a bit. Tmoney99 (14869) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2006
Bottle. Black pour with a moderate frothy light brown head that diminished slowly with some lacing. Heavy toasted sweet malt with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Heavy sweet toasted malt and spice flavor with a long smooth finish. Good stout. LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2006
Way thin for an impy stout, with not much imperial qualities. Tastes almost identical to their milk stout, which I’m not a fan of. Lots of that lactic milk flavors/palate. Very acidic. There were some good coffee and dark chocolate flavors, which was decent but not enough to save my opinion. Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2006
Draft. Pours nearly opaque black. Medium tan head mostly sticks for duration. A little sweet on the back of the tongue works well with the nice crisp bitter roastiness. I like it.