KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Naven hooked me up wit this one. Thanks Naven! Dark oily pour. Smell of chocolate, hops, caramel, milk, buttery popcorn, toffee, vanillia, slight coffee, malt, spice and a hint of smoke. Taste of the same but more coffee and chocolate flavor now. Buttery popcorn tastes less than the smell. Still a grat stout. Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Chocolate, burnt malt, hint of spice and licorice. All the makings of an excellent imperial stout, but it all falls short on the thickness and fullness of hop malt balance. Oaked Yeti is the standard of readily available outstanding imp stouts in my book and SLH heads in this direction but unlike the little engine that could never gets past the "I think I can..." Many thanks to WeeHeavySD for this and other San Diego treats. nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Bottle shared at the Columbus Tasting V: Black pour with a light tan head. Aroma of booze, liquorice, some bready malts. Flavors of bakers chocolate, some hot booze and some roasty, bready malt. Full bodied, a bit hot in spots with a warming finish. asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Bottle - Bomber. Thanks to WeeHeavySD. Pours an extremely dark black color with a dark tan head on top. Aroma is full of roasted barley, chocolate, licorice, and roasted malts. Flavor is roasted barley and sweet chocolate mostly. Hints of coffee come in as well as caramel, vanilla, and hops. This beer is pretty smooth from start to finish, only hints of alcohol sneak in. A lingering flavor of chocolate and licorice sticks to the tongue. Wow, this is a damn good Imperial Stout. anders37 (26657) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2007
Draught @ Port Brewing, San Marcos. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Sweet malty chocolate aroma with some hoppy hints. Sweet malty chocolate and coffee flavor with some hoppy notes. Sweet warming malty finish with some bitterness in te aftertaste.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2007 22 oz bottle VIA WEEHEAVYSD (thanks man!). Pours an inky black with an average sized tan head. Nose is chocolately and hoppy. Taste is quite roasty with chocolate, licorice, and some soy in the finish. A tiny bit of coffee flavor comes through. The hops are definately there as well, and are both piney and earthy. In fact this is too hoppy for an Imp Stout.
Needs more malts and less hops..or you could lay it down for a year like i am going to do with my other bottle ;) Body is lighter than i expected, will call this one a medium body. Carbonation is moderate/high. *********5/24/07-Well so much for laying it down for a year...2 months was my limit, lol....Santa came in May again. 10 weeks has mellowed this just a bit, and it is a bit less hoppy and more balanced. Orig rating was a 4....bumping it up a little now. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2007
22 oz. bottle thanks to a trade with awaisanen. Pours opaque black with a thin, bubbly brown head that receded to a thin line around the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, brandy, some chocolate, dates and a bit of mustiness that kept me from giving this a "9" for aroma. The flavors were very similar to the aroma, minus the mustiness. The alcohol was a bit more pronounced in the flavor than it was in the aroma, especially as the beer warmed. Bitter hop finish, which I was not all that crazy about in an Imperial. Still, quite an enjoyable beer. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2007
22 oz bottle, via BA Marvz. Pours a completely black body the color of used motor oil. Smallish foamy dark brown head faded to a partial covering. Nice heavy roasted and burnt malt aroma with some licorice, tar, dark fruits, a hint of alcohol, and a touch of smoke. Flavor is very roasty and burnt, yet still quite fruity. There’s a light lactose flavor on the finish I’m not too crazy about, followed by a light astringency and some boozy alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a thin oily texture and moderate fizzy carbonation. This was decent, but not really in my sweet spot for the style. The alcohol was a bit too apparent on the finish for me as well. footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2007 Pizza Port, Solano Beach 4/05. 750 ml Bottle.Dark Brown to Black with large creamy brown head. Hoppy aroma with roasted malt in the background. Lots of chocolate in the taste with good ending bitterness. Very Smooth. So good I drank all 3 bottles in a short amount of time. Much better than speedway stout or stone imperial russian.
On tap at Lost abbey. Lots less body and complexity than I remember. Still good but not as good as previous versions. I think Tomme said he had changed the recipe some. I think. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Like a sweet winter warmer with a really well done hop profile, you don’t find many like this, or maybe any. Instead of just tasting like a toasty IPA they really built a great bold malt profile and picked a hop list that really complimented it. Great flavors of brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and vanilla show as this beer warms. Nutty and roasty with a thick body that is balanced well with a generous hop experience. Pours dark brown with a tall tan head.