Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - APR 19, 2007
Pours dark brown with a sparse light brown head. Smells of cherries and some sweet malt. Tastes moderately bitter and roasty with some spicy hints and warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is full with a tingly finish. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Hogtown Harry, Jerc, Mds, and Mabel, cheers to Rudy for the bottle. Nice roasty aroma - lots of alcohol. Very roasty dry taste - lots of bitterness and lots of hops. Very strong yet drinkable. Maybe a little thin. Very good. jason (1836) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 Bottle. Thanks to dirti_martini. Not sure but I think this was a 2006 bottle. Thick black pour with a nice little ring around the snifter head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and a nice sugary feeling. Taste was surprisingly smooth and lite considering the thick pour, a little dusty and a smooth chocolate taste with roasted malt adding a little complexity. Very nice brew. Starts sweet but finishes dry. Alcohol is barely detected. Mmmmm.... HogTownHarry (7084) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - APR 13, 2007
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, jerc, mabel, mds and tupalev - courtesy of Rudolf - thanks, Rudy!! - DarkElf+ Fest ’07!!. Dry, deep roast malt, nutty with bitter chocolate overtones, moderate alcohol and dry herbal hops. Roasty, bitter, celery hops, solid alcohol, balanced but pretty aggressive. Average body at best, quite astringent, long bitter linger, solid nutty oily malt backing. Exceptional imperial. brewblackhole (1587) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2007
This is a re-rating ,I now tried the latest brewing of this Imp Stout,the aroma was still mostly cask malt with hints of cellar chocolate,vanilla,and some toffee,the flavor however was much fuller ,as was the mouthfeel ,a huge bite of chocolate soda and chocolate brownie, with a hint of vanilla and butterscotch ,finishing off with hoppy bitterness,drank the whole 22ozer and it stayed huge and delicious the whole way
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - APR 10, 2007
Wow. Awesome. Nice chocolate, coffe, caramel aroma. Flavor is roasty, slightly sweet, with a bitter finish with mild alcohol. Pours dark with a smal tan head. Full body. Yum. One of my favorites. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 9, 2007
650mL bottle, courtesy of ??. Trade from a while ago... finally popped it open tonight to celebrate handing in my thesis and my short story contest entry; running on three blessed hours of sleep. Pours a dark black core with thin brown edges; medium tan head with light retention and lacing. Slightly harsh, alcoholic aroma: plenty of burnt malts and dark chocolate to keep things reasonable; some bitterness. Full, layered mouthfeel: milk chocolate, dried dark fruits, and nougat core, with a substantial citrus bitterness and roasted character; burnt malts and strong alcohol presence. Honestly, just a bit too much alcohol at times. Lengthy, dark chocolate and burnt malt finish. Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 650 ml bottle
hapjydeuce (1005) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 26, 2007
This came in a recent trade though I can’t remember which one it was. After smelling it at a tasting in Milwaukee (thanks for not waiting Blake ;) ) I knew I was going to have to try it for myself. It does not disappoint though as far as imperial stouts go it is not quite Top 50 material. Still, Port Brewing has a good thing going with this seasonal release.
Aroma / Appearance - Plum, licorice, apricot, cherries and black coffee create a very rich nose. For most beers this would be enough but there is something missing that sets it apart from the other quality imperial stouts out there. The body is a typical IS - deep black with a thin tan head floating on top.
Flavor / Palate - Derby Pie blended with a small amount of hops greets the mouth on the first sip. Next comes grapefruit, cocoa, plums and anise. A fruity tart aftertaste changes the pace before a smoky coffee sensation washes down the throat. This is chewy but not suffocating. It reminds me of another California imperial stout, Old Rasputin. Perhaps the two were separated at birth. This would be the smaller twin that does not quite stack up to its older brother.
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 A great seasonal offering from Port Brewing / Lost Abbey. I always make sure to pick up a few of these when the weather cools down. Medium chocolate and coffee aroma upon pouring, with a dark tan head and a thin pour. Black center with clear brown edges. Average weight on the body, with flavors of coffee and sweet chocolates. Some caramel flavors mixed in with the smoky wood notes. A large warming alcohol finish makes this good for a winter’s eve; a very saucy beer. Leaves a silky and slightly oily coating on the palate. 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.