JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Thanks to the silent assassin tytoanderso for this one. Thick milkshake of a pour, with a small scrim of bubbles emerging late. Soft and slightly vinous nose complemented by solid, subtle chocolate malts (the roasted qualities have mostly faded but they’re there in the background). Smooth, milk stout-ish mouthfeel certainly fits the flavors quite well, and it’s like drinking a chocolate terrine. As Dany mentioned below, not complex but delivers very well in terms of what it’s trying to do. A mild bitter kiss goodnight in the finish. smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Unimpressive beige head, especially for the style. Near black in color.
Biscuity chocolate aroma--reminds me very much of smoores. Sweet chocolate smell.
Creamy, but dry flavor. Lots of burnt malt (black patent?). Great hop finish which enhances rather than balances. This is a sweeter chocolate stout. The body is chewy and very rich with light carbonation. The aftertaste is a long lasting dark cocoa flavor.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2009
In short: A big rich highly roasted imperial stout with a strong cake character. Above averagekegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 26, 2009
How: Bottle 12oz. Purchased directly at brewpub. Winter 2008-2009 release. Consumed relatively fresh about 6 months after bottling.
The look: Black body topped by a tan ring of foam
In long: Nose is very roasted with a hot baked alcoholised cake sensation. Body is big and rich, like drinking a cake. Taste has a lot of highly roasted malts upfront, again a cake flavour with some floury cacao and a slice of raisin pie with a crusty crust in the back. Despite the big body this is not an impy stout with well hidden alcohol, making me wonder if the abv is not actually higher than advertised. The finish is rather bitter with both the high level of roastiness and the resinous hops contributing to a somewhat harsh bitterness. Not very complex but very effective. Looking at the label you can tell this is a small time operation. That black and white label looks as if it was printed with a 1985 dot matrix printer. But as they say, you should not judge a book by its title. I once bought a book called From Bush To Bush and I ended-up with a book about a family of politicians.
Bottle 2008 thanks to glouglouburp. Black with a tiny tan head. Roasted coffee, vanilla, cherries, licorice and vanilla. One of the better imperial stouts. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2009
12 oz bottle of the 2008. Bottle # 769 courtesy of tendermorsel. Pours a ruby edged deep black with some micro brown bubbles and a thin edge of a brown head. Nose is full of rich dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits, dark cherry, very nice nose. Initial flavors are full mouth roasted malt, oats, dark coffee, nice little oak smoke. Flavors are good but not complete in depth. Mouth is full and rich. A bit sticky in mouthfeel. Overall an above average tasty RIS.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2009
12oz bottle #273 2008 vintage, courtesy of jh1982, poured into a tulip.
Gusher alert on this one. Once I popped the top the tan foam started to rush toward the top. As I poured it into the glass, it settled in pitch black with a towering foamy tan head on top. It took forever for the head to calm down and left clumps of lacing on the way.
The aroma starts our fairly subdued on this one with lots of dark roasted malts and some coffee bitterness. But as it warms it opens up with lots of dark fruit, licorice and bakers chocolate.
The taste starts out with some sweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee with some licorice and vanilla sweetness thrown in. However, it transitions into a very roasted, almost burnt, malt finish that is much more dry than I had expected. There is also more than a hint of hops in the finish leading to a very bitter aftertaste for the style.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and highly carbonated, probably a bit too much, but it doesn’t detract from the flavors too much. As mentioned before, the finish is dry, roasted and bitter.
I enjoyed this one and outside of the overly burnt malt tones I think it’s an excellent example of the style. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2009
bottle thanks to BanditBrewingCO (BA)MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2009
Black, thin coffee head. Nose of chocolate and some coffee, but the nut is strong: almond and pistachio. More nuts in the flavor, also some ashy coffee and chocolate in the finish. Rather smooth palate, a little thin, long coffee finish. Pleasant impy, never overdone. I like nuts!
My Bottom Line:TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 1, 2009
This unctuous Imperial Stout delivers plenty of roasted and caramelized malts atop resinous hops and alcohol warmth for a very satisfying and nourishing after-dinner nectar.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A mokaccino-coloured head of foam tops the jet black.
-The mouthfeel is so round, it’s nearly viscous.
-Light fig-like fruitiness is found roaming within.
-The malts are not as complex as some of the best Imperial Stouts out there, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a scrumptious example of the style.
-Roasted malts provide plenty of bitterness too.
-Gentle carbonation is almost overtaken by the residual sugars.
Thanks to egajizs138 for sharing this bottle. Pours a black with amber notes with a small bubbly tan head. Aroma of tobacco, caramel, nuts, vanilla and toasted malt. Flavor of molasses, roasted malt, caramel, nuts and toasted malt. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2009
12oz bottle #545 of 2008 edition-pours a delayed reaction no head than thin brown ring and motor oil black color. Aroma is vegetal/tart, some ashy. Taste is anise/licorice-dark malt, nice then vegetal/rubbery, acidic/earthy hops.