Slipstream (2626) - USA - AUG 15, 2008
Another thank you to Adrian (at least I think that is who gave this to me). Black as coal with a light brown head. The aroma reminds me of one of my grandmother’s rich European layer cakes, full of chocolate and jam - only this has more alcohol. The label is pretty ordinary. Eleven malts and grains were used, and it shows. This stout is packed with flavor - espresso, hops, chocolate, brown sugar, stone fruits. It is velvety smooth as well as ultra-rich. As you marvel at the frappe-like thickness, the flavors bounce around the inside of your mouth. Big Eddy is a little on the sweet and heavy side, but it is a classy imperial stout. It would probably be nice with a cigar or a pipe. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Bottle thanks to Ughsmash. Has a 4/25/2008 drink by date stamped on the neck. Black with no head. Nice aroma is pit fruits with blackened malts. Smooth, medium heavy body. Flavor is... WOW, wtf got into Leinenkugel ? this is really tasty. Rich, roasted malts with sweet pit fruits and earthy molasses, and chocolate... I say damn boy ! this is a great stout, the best straight IRS i’ve had in a long time, fuck me running !!
alexsdad06 (10436) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2008
12 oz bottle courtesy of SS winter ’07 and joeybgood. A black viscous pour with a small disappearing tan head. The aroma is deep roasted chocolatey malt, dark fruits, licorice, and molasses. The flavor has a big dose of roasted malt up front adding chocolate and dark fruits mid palate through to the finish. Bitterness is especially noticable in the finish as is some of the 9.5%. This is a very nice imperial stout. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma was some coffee, alcohol, and some other bad smells. Flavor was coffee, but masked by a metallic taste, not too great. nimbleprop (8384) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Sampled 12oz bottles of this at my first imperial stout tasting. Pours a thick, oily black with a tan, creamy head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla and whiskey. Flavors are similar with burnt toast, tobacco, oak, and bourbon. Oily on the tongue, really hot on the finish. A very, very big beer.
nearbeer (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2008
12 oz, much obliged to General Gao for this one! Opaque black brew with a two-finger creamy head that lasts forever and leaves sticky frosting behind. Aroma of red-eye gravy, molasses, mild cured tobacco, cocoa and coffee. Flavor is sweeter than the aroma indicates but that’s OK with me: chocolate, coffee, honey, hickory wood, whiskey, vanilla and light smoked meat. Tobacco and mocha coffee aftertaste, with occasional metallic notes. Medium-heavy body is smooth and slightly sticky with barely enough drying on the finish. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Bottle. Pours pitch black, like motor oil, and produces a small, dense mocha head that dissipates almost immediately to a thin swirl and collar leaving little bits of lacing. The smell is a massive malt bomb with coffee, chocolate, licorice and tons of dark fruit in the nose as well. The taste is as big as the smell with a more pronounced bitterness on top of the roasted malts. Semi-sweet chocolate and dark fruits are also in abundant supply in the taste. The mouthfeel is decadent, super creamy and sticks completely to the inside of the mouth. This is one of the better straight-up RIS’s I’ve had in recent memory. It’s a massive beer and definitely a sipper. RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma dominated by good dark roasted coffee and black olives. Super concentrated flavor with a lot of licorice to it. moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2008
On tap at Stub & Herb’s in Minneapolis, MN. Dark black pour with little head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Similar flavor, but much fuller. Flavor lingers. Incredibly smooth, malty mouthfeel. RSRIZZO (1986) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2008
(12oz. Bottle courtesy of Headbanger). Aroma is a big deep sweet roasted scent. Color is beyond black with nice carbonation and a tiny tight head. Taste is huge and complex. Starting with a thick full body it goes down with a rich feel. Finish bursts out with a sweet roasted malt that is full of caramel and resin flavors and a slight sour twang. After taste is more sweet and raisin with a little alcohol and red wine feel. Wow this is just fabulous, one of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had.