OPIE788 (337) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle. Black with a tan head. Bitter malt and chocolate aromas. Big bitter chocolate and sweet coffee flavors. Better than I expected. scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Probably the best Impy I’ve had. Pours a motor oil black with a 1 finger width light brown head that disappates pretty quickly. Smells of dark chocolate slight hops and smoky notes. Taste of chocolate, with a earthy coffee flavor and as the gentleman before me noted a faint black licorice taste I caught a glimpse of. DELICOUS, I’m definately going to let a few of these age out for a while. Glad it is brewed here in Wisconsin and it shouldn’t prove to difficult to find. aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2009
12oz pours a dark brown/black with a small ring of tan foam. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits? Flavors of chocolate, molasses, caramel and again dark fruit notes, fairly bitter coffee finish. Palate was smooth. bigcat03 (323) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - DEC 22, 2013
On tap @ Old Chicago, black as sin and a quick dark tan head; aroma of earthy coffee and dark chocolate; lots of coffee up front with a little caramelized malt; little hoppy on the aftertaste; easy going carbonation but a little less body than I would like. Not bad at all but the aftertaste and body keep it from being amazing. asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a generous dark tan head on top. Aroma is brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and coffee. Flavor is bittersweet chocolate, cherries, roasted malt, and roasted coffee. On the palate the beer is medium bodied and creamy with light carbonation.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2007
12oz bottle and initially served at around 45 degrees.GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Immediately notice the motor-oil-like viscosity as it pours from the bottle. I also notice the attention to the proper carbonation level as they are quite low. Very pleasant surprise as I was really expecting them to be aggressively high.
Aromas of intense dark bakers chocolate, figs and a very mellow hop character. Some good floral notes as well jumping up before I take my plunge.
The flavour exhibits layers of malt complexity. The eleven different malts are well represented with a wonderful toasted character as well as a smooth creaminess prevalent throughout the experience.
The hop profile was nicely balanced and in tune for the huge malt backbone. Some have said the hop levels are a bit high, but it’s nothing like what a fresh Expedition Stout displays. Slightly hoppy, but extremely drinkable.........too drinkable as I’m now on my second one. I’m again shocked that such a young Imperial Stout displays this character without any additional aging. A feat that some other highly touted Imperials fail to achieve.
Oh my the palate! Oily, heavily viscous, a silky creaminess that washes over the mouth. This experience only is further enhanced with the warming of my snifter. With this release a pleasant warming sensation on the back of the tongue is also noted.
All in all this definitely lives up to the hype and far exceeds my expectations! Very well done and kudos to the Leine’s family for taking a chance on catering to the beer aficionado crowd.
2011 vintage. poured bottle. deep dark brown in color with a thick light brown head. scents of sweet chocolate, banana and some big roasty malts. sweet taste followed by some hints of chocolate and today flavors. creamy dry finish with a lingering sweet roast flavor. I’m not a stout fan by any means bit this one has me ready top try more! lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 Yeah, its good. Its made by Leinenkugel. Easily the best thing they’ve done. A lot of sweet chocolate and caramel. Thick mouth but overall easier to drink than some big impys. Would love to get a bottle of my own since it was shared, and thanks for the share btw Scotty. dutch23mp (317) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Taste of chocolate and perhaps some vanilla the high ABV is hidden very well. The hops are pronounced although this is truly a malty beverage. Very smooth and deserving of these high marks. redtechnj (315) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Pours a jet black with a fluffy tan head that lasts and lasts.
Aroma- Dark raosted malts, dark chocolate, rich strong coffee, A nice smokieness.
Flavor-Creamy bittersweet chocolate, dark cherry, smokie roasted malts,