19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Very roasty, woody malt drink. Sugary sweet with a heavy mouthfeel. Sharply peppered but well rounded with a somewhat dry character. Slight bitter, soft espresso notes. Fantastic drink. fonefan (52426) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2008
Bottle. [Courtesy of wetherel] [Vintage 2006] Dark black color with a average, frothy / creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, milk and dark chocolate, licorice, pepper, wood, dark berry. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily / creamy, carbonation is soft. Very nice Imperial Stout aroma is nice but not power full like the flavor very complex and easy to drink. *<;o)) (231207) badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Black, but dark brown around the edges. Somewhat fizzy tan head develops but recedes almost as quickly. Smell is quite roasty. I also get sweet molasses, coffee, a hint of piney hops, and a little lactose sweetness. Roastiness paired with smoke is what I get on the tongue first. From there there is just a touch of molasses; I get quite a few different charred flavors. Highly carbonated and less than medium bodied. piscator34 (2673) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle sample shared with oakbluff. Near black in colour with lower than average carbonation. Aromas of malt, molasses, a bit of fruit, and some earthy hops. Flavor wise, this is one of the least roasty and hoppy imperial stouts I’ve ever had. Some chocolate, coffee, and grassy hops, but mostly it’s about some sweet molasses and brown sugar flavors. Fairly creamy on the palate. Sort of an English style impy. I prefer the more hoppy and roasty examples of the style, but this is still pretty damn good. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2007
22oz bottle from 2006 and drinking just lovely right now. A big dank pour, with not the greatest looking body/head. But the beer more than makes up for it with vibrant chocolate aromas and a fine, well-integrated flavor: huge choco malts, some mild coffee, and the faintest trace of smoke. It’s not so much that it’s substantially different from other American beers in this category, but it’s done so well, with a long finishing enjoyment. Wish I had more.
BeerandBlues2 (14027) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007
22 oz bottle received via trade with bmartin08. Pours opaque with a small, frothy, dark brown head, mostly diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, chocolate, coffee), average hops (perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of alcohol, prunes, and tar. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. vyvvy (6857) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Thanks to the STL crew for sharing this impy stout. Pours very dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma has some dank onions which seems odd for the style. There is also off-vanilla, cream, dark malt and obvious alcoholic. Medium / thick body with some semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts off with dark malt, fruitiness, some spicy / woody hops, a bit of abv and an overall sharpness to the taste. The finish has some more woody hops and bitter roast. A decent impy stout. tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2007
22oz bottle from cbkschubert. 2007 vintage. Sweet and lightly roasted malt aroma. Some lacto creaminess. Chocolate milk. Snickers. Alcohol... especially upon warming. Pours dark, dark brown, almost black with a very creamy light khaki head. Very smooth and creamy on the palate. Medium bodied. Chocolate, toasted malt, brown sugar and alcohol. I think it might need more time to temper the alcohol. truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2007
22oz. bomber. Nice coffee-colored pour, with thick, tan head. Nose is of dark fruit, raisiny/prune sweetness. Gave it a chance to warm, but it still comes off pretty average for an impy stout. The alcohol’s there, however, and it’s a bit on the burny side. Not bad, but not even close to my favorite. elgiacomo (747) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Gets better as it warms. Alcohol is relatively well hidden, but there. Reminds me a lot of Great Divide Yeti. A very nice Imperial Stout.