BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Shared by Julien this was his original homebrew bottled Bellwether Brewing. Thanks. Nice full bodied stout with a nice coffee flavor. Pretty balanced and didn’t drink like the 12% he said it was. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Big, full flavor stout. Pours black with a huge brown microbubble head. Espresso and caramel aroma with a fair amount of powdered cocoa. Smooth, rich coffee flavor without the bite. Nice malt/hop balance, with the caramel coming through nicely. It is like a milder Speedway. DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 11, 2008
for those of you who havent had the pleasure of julians homebrews...you are seriously missing out. i havent had a bad beer yet. this is no exception. this impy is right up my alley. rich chocolate flavors with a layer of coffee...absolutely no astringent bitterness which plagues many impy stouts...the 11% is there, but it felt more like a 9% heat than an 11%. mouthfeel was right on, it was a pretty beer to look at. the days when julians homebrews become julians commercial brews will be a good day for everyone. rallison (116) - USA - JUL 9, 2008
Had a couple small glasses of this at Pizza Port Solana Beach.
This is one rich, immense imperial stout. Lots of chocolate nicely backed by a tasty espresso component. The coffee in this luckily is not astringent and definitely doesn’t thin the body whatsoever. Slightly hot, but this becomes less noticeable as the beer warms and the rich malts take over. While hot, there is no harshness in the malts, something I also appreciate. Light but pleasant hopping. Ultimately, if you love chocolate-espresso imperial stouts, you owe it to yourself to give this one a try.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, pleasantly coating and rich. Slightly low carbonation, but I have no problem with that in this style.
Nicely done Julian. Dogbrick (13389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2008
On draught at Pizza Port Solana Beach. Served in a snifter, this Imperial pours black with a medium tan head that diminishes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Nicely roasted aroma of coffee and malt, along with notes of chocolate brownies and hops. RIch, chewy body with tasty espresso and chocolate blend that puts Starbucks to shame. Hops and toffee are present as well. The finish is full and flavorful with a nice mocha flavor and a lingering coffee aftertaste. Simply put, one of the best new Imperial Stouts I have tried in some time.
DenverLogan (1230) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 30, 2008
On tap at brewery. Pours near black; borwn lingering head. Rich malt and cocoa aroma. Amazingly smooth and creamy stout. Big milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, carob, espresso. Strong finish with dark chocolate and some bitterness. Absolutely bodacious stout...amazingly creamy with enough espresso to tingle the tongue as a lasting memory. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Tap @ The Brewery. Its great to see Julian’s homebrew on tap, and it is damn good too. Poured black with a 1finger light brown head. Nose is full of coffee. Taste is rich and sweet with notes of coffee and chocolate. Reminds me of a milder Speedway. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 22, 2008
ON tap at brewery. Black with a creamy tan head. Sweet chocolate, coffee and grain aroma. Thick syrupy sticky palate. Dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate taste with a bitter finish. doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2008
On-tap at PPSB. Pours black with a big, creamy, light brown head, good lace. Smells dark and roasty, almost burnt, ni sign really of coffee or chocolate on the nose. Tastes big and dark, sweet, roasty, and malty. Some coffee flavor that fades as it warms up. Silky smooth full body, good carbonation. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2008 On tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pours a viscous pitch black color, completely opaque, topped with a firm finger of tight bubbled tan head. Rich, decandent aromas of chocolate truffle drizzled with espresso syrup. Gentle roast and dark chocolate notes seem to be well integrated with an underlying earthy, nutty coffee richness. Alcohol contributes a minor amount of harshness to the nose, but is reasonable considering the ABV. Hints of herbal hops noticeable as well. Full bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a rich, chewy texture. A big bodied beer, but much of the texture seems to come from hearty malt dextrins rather than sugary sweetness. Smooth flavors of chocolate and mild coffee up front on the palate. Toward the middle, some caramel and nutty toffee add some more pleasant complexity. Long, lingering finish, in which the richness of the coffee and clean roast characters blend together beautifully. Great beer overall, especially the integration of the coffee flavors with the hefty malts. There is plenty of depth and complexity without letting any aspect of the beer tend toward excess.