5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Black as night, large brownish head, frothy it is, decent lacing.   Rich nose, robust, raisin, apple skin, roasted
malts... smells big.   Maybe even a little soy and maple syrup.   Has a lot going on, and for a Leinenkugels it has A LOT going on.
As it warms I pick up some campfire and charred wood as well.   On the tongue it displays a rich dark pitted fruit aspect, very
rich in fact.   Warming, quite warming, but not alcoholic.   Hop bitterness is minor. &nbps Instead there seems to be a heavy
breadiness and pine like aspect.   Moderately sweetened, moreso than your average Imperial Stout.   Moderate to full body and
mouthfeel.   Not all that viscous tho, as one might expect for the style.   I take back that comment about moderately sweetened...
this one is pretty darned sweet.   Certainly big, bigger than most, and way more than I expected from a Leinenkugel.   Pretty
impressive I must say.   A little bit of a different beast, but still remains quite worthy in my eyes.   Could stand to be a little
less sweet, with perhaps more roasted malt attributes and less dark pitted fruit.   Still pretty tasty, but in some aspects it seems a
little bit over the top.   Thanks to Styles fors the bottle! Kevin (2217) - Montana, USA - DEC 31, 2007
bottle from mj. pitch black with a dark brown head. a lot of chocolate & coffee in the nose, a bit smokey with something like licorice there. Good god is this dry and roasty. bitter cocoa, smoke, i find myself not wanting to take another sip. so damn dry for some reason that it takes away from everything. the alcohol is noticeable is a bit of an understatement. this is not the noticeable alcohol in say a nice bourbon way, but more in the cheap taaka vodka way. this is the kind of impy i’d send to lumpy just to hear him biutch about it, for once i’d agree with him. the only way he’d hate it more is if it had bananas in it. the roastyness and the alcohol obliterate everything here. some vanilla and marshmallow notes under the heel of those flavors along with a peanut butter flavor. starts to develope a very burnt flavor as i plod further into this. it is strange that there are similarities to impy’s i love, but i can’t even bring myself to like this. what the fuck is wrong with me that i spend an hour of my time trying to figure out why a beer that has so much that i tend to adore in a beer yet it is not tasty, i might as well eat a bullet, this is what my life has become. fuck i hate it when beer makes me contemplate suicide.
5 7 3 1 7 MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2007
12oz - Aroma is deep roasted chocolate malts, ashy, molasses, raisin, fig and date. Pours black with a big brown head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma with a strong dark chocolate aftertaste. Palate is thick and warming. Very tasty. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle from pepsican. Pours motor oil black sludge with a brown head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, licorice, dried fruit, smoke. Lots and lots of shit going on here. Smoke, chocolate, roast, maple, cigarettes, dark fruit, alcohol. I might be able to pick up the wheat malt. Still rather smooth. Thick, heavy, full bodied. Roasty and dry. Complex. Good. MrBunn (2865) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle. Pours thick and dark with a big tan head. Aromas are spectacular: peat and smoke, espresso, chocolate, etc. Flavor is very smooth, but has an edge to it from the alcohol, which also gives a bit of warmth. Tastes of silky chocolate with some earthy notes and dark fruit. Darn good, but I noted a bit of an aftertaste funkiness that I can’t place, but didn’t leave me with that nice glow that some of my favorites in this category do.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2007
12 oz. bottle via trade with Ughsmash - Pours a dark brown color with a one and a half finger thick dark tan head. Light lacing and carbonation. Aroma is roasted malt, esters, and herbal hops. Flavor is bitter sweet choclate and dark esters. Mouthfeel is soft with a slight lingering chocolate aftertaste. Medium to full body. A very nice RIS. Thanks Jason. jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 Bottle thanks to the SMASH! Yum. Delightful nose of roasted malt, bitter espresso chocolate, touch of vanilla. Flavor was solid as well! Dark chocolate and espresso coupled with a bitter sweet twang. A subtle berry aspect in the background. Quite large, sticky, oily mouthfeel. Full bodied eh? Like usual, I’m a sucker for impy’s. Go figure - I like it! And just in case ya get bored over there, feel free to send more! KAF (2773) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2007
I received this bottle courtesy of Skyview. This was a great beer. Pours very dark with a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruit and sugar/sweetness with chocolate. Taste similar to aroma with a bit of molasses in there as well. For 9.5% you really cannot taste the alcohol. Very nice beer. MaxxDaddy (419) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle from iowaherkeye (thanks!). Had this one with dessert on Christmas. Poured black with small tan head. The aroma on this one was most certainly different than other imperials I’ve had; way more fruit in there. I was on the fence about if it was a good thing or not. I’m a man who like experimenting, so I say good on them. Along with the dark fruit came some roast and chocolate. The taste was rather odd as well. In addition to dark fruits and chocolate, there was a sort of sour/soy sauce element as well. It wasn’t enough to throw the brew off too much, which was nice. Pretty creamy on the tongue and finished more chocolaty and roasty. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Thanks to ogglethorp for this one. Pours a deep black with a larger creamy/foamy deep tan head that left lacing. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries, dark bitter chocolate, roasted malt, touch of vanilla, some light alcohol Flavor of caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, a touch of smoke, creamy coffee and lightly roasted malt and light alcohol. Very well done imperial stout!