jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2007
on tap-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is medium malt, secondary hops. Taste is dark malt-coffee, equal secondary hops bitterness, acidic. OK carbonation. Occasional tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Draught at Union Jack’s. This is another in a series of beers I have had a million times but have yet to rate. The pint pours a black amber with one finger of well-lacing tan head. The aroma is roasty with hints of caramel. The flavor is cold coffee, a little bit of maple syrup, and a fireplace finish. There is ambient hop bitterness throughout. Not very creative, but a good solid stout. aracauna (3710) - Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Black, but not opaque. The head is a light khaki that takes a while to fade. The aroma is surprisingly hoppy, some sort of c-hop dominant. Good coffee and dark chocolate. Good mix of fresh hop flavor and roasty malt flavors. Yum. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Draught at the brewpub. dark, dark brown, red around the edges. Almost opaque. Brown head that laced the glass. Attractive flowery hop nose. Light roasty malt flavor dominated by perfumy tasting hops. Good stout. BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Draft at Sunspot Restaurant in Knoxville. Very black in the glass with a frothy tan head that mostly lasted and left good lacing. Sweet malt aroma. The flavor was of chocolate, coffee, roasted, and a slight hoppy bitter. Medium to full body that leaves a slight bitter aftertaste.
NachlamSie (3600) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2008 draught. This is even better than I remember. The pour is fairly black with a tall tan head. Nice strong aroma with dark roasted coffee, smoke, raisins, and hickory. This hickory presence is so strong in the flavor it makes me question whether or not the recipe actually includes it. Mouthfeel is pretty coating. A flat wall of bittersweet dark chocolate lingers with a cutting hop presence. It doesn’t reach the level of a huge imperial stout. It’s more like a huge regular or perhaps a dry stout. Very good anyway.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
[August 4, 2008]
On tap at UJ’s .Pours very dark, near black with an everlasting tan head. The aroma is heavily roasted, almost burned smelling. Hints of espresso, bacon, hickory, dark chocolate are present. THe mouthfeel is quite reasonable, sticky and full but not huge. The flavor brings more bittersweet qualities of espresso, soy sauce, dark chocolate, and a meaty, ashy finish. This is delightful. I disagree with the imperial stout classification here. Definitely reminds me of something along the lines of Shakespeare stout or Kalamazoo stout. Quite good.
Pours with a black body with red tinting topped by a thick head and a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty, yet bitter, hoppy and slightly roasty. Full bodied, slightly dry and smooth. heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Black body with a light tan head. The aroma was roasted nuts and some coffee with chocolate. Taste of strong roasted coffee and and a little milk chocolate. The aftertaste lingers. Thin body for an impy stout, more like a dry. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 21, 2005
sampled at the ’05 noogfest from a small ’barrel’. This tasted a lot more like an a dry/irish stout than an imperial. Very roasty. Shag (3061) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Pitch black appearance with a beige head. The flavor was loads and loads of coffee with some dark chocolate in the background. The aftertaste was very dry. Sampled from a coffee pot at the Clarion.