LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2011
Bottle- Pours a almost black color with a medium creamy dark tan head.Aromas of roasted malts,some chocolate and alcohol dominate the aroma. Flavor is of roasted malts, but also a nice hop bite hidden in the back that leads to a bitter finish. Sme alcohol nots peeking through.as well. For being a imperial, the body seems a bit on the thin side. yackery (168) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
UPDATED: APR 18, 2011 12oz Bottle pours a small, fast-dissolving head with a thin, runny lacing over a nearly opaque - and red where there’s light - body.
There’s a lot going on with the aroma but not in your face. Subtle aromas. Plays the same earthy and caramel notes as Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale or North Coast Old Rasputin or Old Stock Ale. The aromas that are most prominent are roasty, coffee, and citrus. Would be shocking if not so much weaker than Founders or North Coast.
Aroma and taste really come together after a couple. Taste is salty and bitter with an alcohol air wafting up through the exhale. Sweeeet. Some licorice in the taste
Palate is a little thin like porter and not a stout savor.
Overall, this is a good beer.
After my last, I have to upgrade from a 3.6. CanIHave4Beers (4238) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Pours basically black with a big semi loose head that fades fairly quickly. The aroma is banana right out of the gate with some roastiness, some chocolate, some musty basement, and some cherry. The beer smells fine enough but all the aromas just sort of hit you at different times and lack a sort of cohesive whole. The flavor is nicer, it’s a big fairly dry roasty Imperial Stout with a well concealed alcohol presence. In total it tastes nice, and the bitter roastiness while very present is actually balanced as opposed to brash (which is what I had expected, for whatever reason). Complimentary notes include some dark fruit and berries, a nice hop zing and fruitiness mid palate that lingers somewhat, a light touch of vanilla and malty sweetness. It’s certainly one of the best "whole hog" offerings yet. I don’t normally say stuff like this, but I have to think it’s the brewery’s reputation that’s keeping the ratings down on this one. It’s no top class Imperial Stout, but it’s a very tasty one. If it had the label of a more en vogue brewery I have very little doubt that the average rating would be half a point higher. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a deep mahogany (near black) body with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, cocoa, raisins, and mustiness. Flavor of caramel, roasted malt, light coffee, and some chocolate. Cavie (4874) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Bottle courtesy thirdeye11. Pours a dark brownish-red color with a tan head. Aroma is kind of weak. Some dry chocolate and candle wax. Sweet flavor that is a little sharp. Some bitter grains near the edge. A bit weak for a RIS.
wlajwl (7205) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2012 Aroma is complex malts, subdued. The flavor is dark fruit, coffee/chocolate and a a mildly tart/acidic finish. LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Bottle to glass. Pours looking exactly like cola, except with less head. Somewhat oily looking, a sheet of lacing that runs down the glass. Only a light tan skim after 30 seconds in the glass. Aroma is odd anise, some nice fresh coffee notes, odd dark fruit, and a really interesting yeast note that lends a clove or banana note to the beer that hide amidst the dark malt and coffee. Flavor is burnt sugar, molasses, a bit of smokey coffee, and a hair of dark fruit. Some funkyness and a chocolate cherry flavor comes out as it warms, leading me to believe something unwanted might be at work in this one.... An odd mouthfeel, slightly sweet and mouth coating. Not as bad as it smells (Ok maybe it is), but not great either...in fact, its not good at all. rustbucket0873 (460) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2011
pours almost black, can not see through, with very little head which is a dark tan to brown. the aroma is malt, citrus, very little roasted barley and grassyness. the flavor is roasted malt at the end up front with sweet, caramel, and toffee flavor. has a very lingering sweet and funky flavor. I dont get much of hops due to being aged for about one year. esjaygee (3902) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Opaque dark brown with crimson lowlights and a quickly fading medium tan topper and minor lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, light citrus, alcohol and mild cookie and coffee. Smooth and creamy body taste of roasted dark malts, chocolate, cocoa, bubblegum, soy sauce and some mild alcohol. Finishes a bit peppery with some warming. igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2010
dark brown but with a slight amount of red. no head of which to speak. aroma has notes of roast, wood and a bit of nuttiness. flavor has a similar profile to the aroma with a pronounce bit of alcohol. there is a bit of brown sugar and molasses in the finish. really, this is not at all an impressive beer. nothing of significance to see here.