douglas88 (9180) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2012 Bottle shared by Eric. Pours a pure black body with a small beige head. The aroma was straight out of a bakers oven; tons of sweet plums, dark chocolate cake, and some super sweet candies. The taste was also very sweet; chocolates, brown sugar, some smoked candies, a touch of toasted malts, and overall a really dessert like brew. A great mouthfeel, rich and full. Very enjoyable. This is a very good stout. Even some light sourness. hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2008
bottles aplenty from at least half of the folks who have traded with me over the last year... thanks! pours as black as brown can be with a medium brick reddish brown cap. it stains pretty wickedly and leaves behind some decent drippy lacing. smells like malted chocolate ovaltine...really! also, black raisins, molasses, sweet grain and cream... smells like an amped up baltic porter. the flavor is a very robust though sweetened version of the aroma... arggh.... chocolate brownies and burnt black raisin bread with a light sourness and some astringency on the finish. medium body. it seems rather rich and creamy but i’m sure it’s just the sugar messing up my palate... bastards!... thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Many thanks to hoppymeal for throwing in this as a wants list extra. It pours dark black with a thin layer of brown head. Nose is slight soy, tons of dark fruit, bitter chocolate, toffee, and alcohol. Great smelling beer and I could get a whiff from a few feet away. Taste is really similar with a ton of dark fruits, and a bitter roasty finish. Huge viscous mouthfeel. A great RIS, one of my favorites from all of the ones I have tried in the past few months. phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2008
This beer pours a dark black colour with a huge brown head. Aroma is very strong of alcohol and spice, flavor is reminiscent of port- possibly brandy spirit. Strong and infused, this beer will get you crunked after just one. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Courtesy of Hopscotch. The aroma is incredibly fruity. Highlighted by cherry, but with other dark fruits as well there is also chocolate, perfumey alcohol and hints of molasses. The strength of the fruit tones are noteable and in my experience unparalleled in an Imperial Stout. I just wish I got a little more to go along with it. The body is a flat dark black and after a gloppy syrupy pour the beer settles mostly headless though you can tease up a quickly fading mocha head. On the first sip the first flavor revealed is rich chocolate and more of that massively concentrated cherry accented dark fruit from the aroma. Baker’s chocolate and chocolate liqueur follow along with espresso in the far aftertaste. That firs sip is delightful in its flavor and concentration, but on the whole this lacks the range of flavor many other Imperials offer. Still a great brew.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Rating #400. Bottle courtesy of hopdog. Pours a midnight black with a billowy 2 finger light brown head and fantastic lacing. Nose is dark fruits, salty soy, and cocoa. Taste is strong dark fruits, bitter chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee beans and salty soy with a sweet BW-like cloying finish. Full, creamy mouth feel. Very complex beer. Thanks Steve! sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2008
Courtesy of Gunhaver.
Pitch black, aroma is of toffee, chocolat malt and a little herbal, maybe from the hops. Very thick and heavy.
Pleasantly surprised to see Leinenkugels make such an impressive stout. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Lovely bottle from lovely Shyam. Pours dark brown with miniscule milk-chocolate head. Smells primarily of dates and chocolate, with more of the same (plus coffee and toffee, but no milk) in the body. mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2008
bottle courtesy of iowaherkeye. pitch black viscous pour with a thin espresso head. hints of licorice, vanilla, toffee and sweet thick malts. this beer has some of the greatest lacings i have ever seen. awesome thickness and a flavor that is so complex of dark fruits, licorice, roasted malts, chocolate and semi sweet coffee. best leinenkugel i’ve ever had. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle courtesy Gillard. Pours black with a one finger tan head that leaves good lacing. Heavy aroma of roasted malt, smoke, coffee, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is the same as aroma with a good dose of caramel sweetness. Medium full mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.