CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2008 Thanks Hopscotch!!! Poured nearly black, the brown does appear around the edges. Aroma is raisins, figs, dates, licorice. Flavor is a deep roasted coffee, with some creamy sweetness coming through. There is hope... Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Enjoyed post Thanksgiving. Crafted much more in the vein of an Imperial Porter than an Imperial Stout. The hops are rather muted until the finish, with semi-sweet chocolate and cane sugar syrup pronounced. The pour is a thing of beauty, with a luscious brown head and a dark chocolate appearance. Undertones of prune juice and toffee on the palate, with subtle notes of star anise and nutmeg. Rather sweet, but certainly enjoyable. The 9.5 ABV is hardly noticeable. A solid structure and decent complexity to this Imperial Porter. I am missing the hops and the viscosity/mouthfeel of an exceptional Imperial Stout. Thanks to Nathan for transporting this south. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Rerate, 12oz bottle, sample #5 in a blind imperial stout tasting. Pours an oily, dark brown color; minimal medium brown head. Oily, nougat, caramel, and chocolate; hints of green apple. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: green apple (this was one of the few beers I could pick out from the bunch easily), caramel, and nougat; lighter bodied than others; sticky fruit and dried fruits. Lengthy finish, showing sticky caramel and some breadiness. 18.104.22.168.14=3.6
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2007
12oz bottle, courtesy of KingPinIPA. Thanks, Mike! Pours an oily, dark brownish-black color; dark-tan head with solid, fine-bubbled lacing. Very oily, nutty and roasted / charred malts in the aroma; a pleasant, multifaceted hoppiness similar to Expedition but not nearly as dense or oily. Full mouthfeel: oily, rich nuttiness and viscous dried dark fruits and maple syrup; very dense and generous and tasty, with a solid milk chocolate and dried fruit core; not quite and dense as the biggest imperial stouts, but well-done with a slight green apple presence from its youth. Lengthy, dried dark fruits and green apple and chocolate finish. 22.214.171.124.15=3.8
Bottle from sliffy. Very cloudy and grey here today and its starting to look and feel more like winter. I thought a big stout would tatse pretty nice today and Im pretty excited to have a new one to try. Poured into my favorite glass, the maudite snifter, and i should not have poured so aggressivey as the head shot right up a little larger than I wanted. Anyway, pours a dark brownish black with a thick, tiny-bubbled, cappuccino-like tan head that fades very slowly and leaves a nice ring of lace. Nose is earthy, grapefruit, roasted malts, cocoa, a little bit of coffee. Flavor is more malt-dominant, with a strong chocolate and roasted malt character. Also noted molasses. Finishes slightly bitter and charred. This was exactly what I needed. Alcohol was noted, but didn’t detract from my enjoyment. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2007
thanks cmubeerman. sampled over thanksgiving 07. immaculate appearance. aroma mushroom chalk. i actually really dislike the aroma. flavorful and balanced front. chalky cutoff. not harsh though. dense. alcohol very obvious. a subsequent tasting seemed a little chalkier and harsh to me. not nearly what it was originally get scores for.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle: Pours an oily black with a creamy tan head. Aroma, boozy, chocolate, dried fruits, some prunes, some earthy and roasted notes, a hint of wood. Flavor, chocolate, dark fruits, earthy with some moderate roasted quality, sweet, some alcohol comes through, more coffee as it warms up, the finish has some earthy and fruity bitterness to it. Medium to full bodied. Something just didn’t click for me with this. MaxxDaddy (415) - 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. Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Being a Wisconsin grad and drinking plenty of leine’s in college I was excited to try this one.
Pours an ink black goo with very little head. The smell was of cherries, toast ,and bittersweet chocolate. Palate was ok and sustaining. A very solid effort by Leinenkugels. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Harry’s bottle. Well, here is a highly rated rare treat that I knew nothing about! Pitch black, big bubbly chocolaty head, a perfect looking stout. Good aroma - alcohol, molasses, sticky sweet. Taste features a ton of molasses as well, maybe almost too much. Full thick body, hops somehow fight their way through and are noticeable as well. Alcohol really burns after a few sips in the linger. A good solid impy - but the individual marks are higher than my overall impression if that makes any sense - just didn’t hit a home run for me. pineypower (3327) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Pours out black with a small burnt looking head. Aroma is of burnt malts and some strange malty notes. Taste is complex, some chocolate, roasted malt, molasses and a rye-bread taste going on in the background. Interesting....