Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2009
This poured a plain black color with a very small tan head. Aroma was of dark chocolate, coffee and a slight hint of alcohol. Flavor was a bit watery for a stout but still packed with the flavor of chocolate, dark roasted malts, a bit of frappucino, and banan as well. A strange but good impy. MrBunn (2848) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours a thick and dark brown with a fairly large yet slow-forming head. Just the kind of Impy head I like to watch... you get all done with the pour and then it slowly rises up. Aromas are a little weak... a bit of sweet roasted malt, a little chocolate, a couple of cherries (?)... Flavor is decent enough and there is definitely a cherry flavor in there... tastes of coffee, peat, chocolate and cherries. I’m not really picking up on the bananas very much... maybe it is the mix of them and the malt that I’m mistaking for cherries, though. Alcohol isn’t detectable, which is odd, given the ABV... Mouthfeel is fairly light for a heavy beer... somewhere thinner than what I would classify as silky. Finish is a nice enough mix of dark chocolate and peat for a kind of bitter sweetness. Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2009
22 oz bottle
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
An imperial stout with bananas is an interesting experiment so I picked up a bottle as soon as I saw it on the shelf. Word on the street is that the brewer stopped using fresh bananas as it clogged the fermenter but they still make an appearance. Overall this is not a bad interpretation of the style for a regional brewery.
Aroma / Appearance - The tannish oily head and stick black body contained a retinue of ripe banana, smoke, black coffee, and some anise. It smelled as if a banana plantation had been burned to the ground.
Flavor / Palate - Coffee, chocolate, ripe banana, and ash alternated before a dry bitter finish. Fluid yet not cloying or dense it leaves the palate refreshed and not overwhelmed. The alcohol is hidden well if this is truly 12%; while you would not want to drink it as a session beer it serves well as a single serving. The overall impression is like a smore made with banana cream. I may have to revisit this one again in the future.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Date: February 06, 2009
Source: Footset Foreplay Friday
Appearance: black, fine beige head
Aroma: spiced black licorice aroma, fruity sweetness, peppery spicyness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich sweet malt flavor, nice spicyness, winey sweetness, touch of dark fruit
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
I would like to rerate this beer.
Thanks to emacgee for sharing this quirky beer! The pour is oily and black, almost sinister in its appeal. But this aroma is seriously kick-ass. It’s got an abundance of ripe fruits, among which the advertised banana is certainly detectable, but I got a strong sense of cinnamon in there, sharp and sweet enough to make me think this was a Bananas Foster imperial stout. The flavor didn’t quite hold up its end of the bargain, with the power of the booze and the aggressiveness of the fruits making it less balanced than it could have been. But a very enjoyable and, thankfully, distinctive imperial stout.
emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Thanks miketd. Pours an inky black with a chestnut brown head. The nose is sweet, crisp, rich, mild ginger character, some spice. The flavor is rich, some alcohol, chocolate, ginger, molasses. The palate shows alcohol, rich spicy with some ginger. Sammy (12762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2008
Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Dark colour,some lace, fresh, not much aroma. The taste is stouty and chocolate mostly. A bit tart, average mouthfeel. However representative of the style and a base hit winner.