DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2009 rmussman (1701) - California, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the brewhouse in Boulder. Very nice. Poured into a wine snifter basically. Pours jet black with a thin lacey head. Definitely a high degree of roasted chocolates or molasses. Certainly worth a try if you are around. I cant believe its rated so lowly.
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 12/10/2007
Cream coloured head. Some roast aroma. Black fruity and strong in alcohol with a crisp and bitter coffee roast finish. fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
GABF. Chocolate and coffee on the aromas. More on the flavor, but much more subtle. Some hopps on the finish. little bit of alcohol in there too. Decent Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - NOV 26, 2007
tap. nice looking pitch black. the aroma alerted me early that this might have something in it that i wouldn’t like. smelled like a chocolate popsicle that had aloe vera on it flavor at first was o.k. sweet milky hersheys like sweetness with an blurry hop taste. unfortunately this flavor came into focus. ended up way too herbal & minty for me. the beer was drinkable & far from being bad, just not something i’m into.
4 3 5 2 11 goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Tap @ Redfish: Poured black with a tan head. The aroma was roasty, sweet and malty. Some notes of dark chocolate and alcohol. The alcohol aroma borders on being too much. The flavor is fairly sweet and lightly roasted. Not much in the way of coffee or chocolate. Almost full bodied and sticky. Some warmth. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2007
On tap at the brewpub on 10/14/07: Pours an opaque oily black with a rich dark tan/light brown, spotty-lacing head. Aroma of sweet complex dark caramel and chocolate with a touch of dark fruits and roastiness. Sticky sweet dark caramel malty body has a mild hint of acetone and some rich dark chocolate and coffee flavors toward a full, bittersweet roasted finish. A pretty nice imperial stout.
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Date: 10/14/2007luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2007
black, fine tan head, bits of lace,
dark chocolate aroma with a light sweetness to bring out the chocolate before being balanced by a touch of roasted malt,
rich chocolate flavor, touch of sour mash tartness, light roasted melds with bittering hops, light lingering bitter finish,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Sampled at the 5th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Beer is very dark brown with a small, light brown, frothy/creamy, mostly and quickly vaporizing head.<P>
The aroma is malty with moderate-to-heavy notes of roasted grain, moderate notes of molasses, chocolate, light note of toasted nuts; Hoppy with a light note of herb; Yeasty with a light note of dough; Miscllaneous notes contain a light hit of peat and a drace of smokey runny cheese.<P>
The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, trace bitter with a long, lightly bitter, moderately sweet, trace acidic finish. Slighly bitter aftertaste.<P>
The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
sampled on tap at the 5th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. pours dark brown. nose was loaded with baker’s chocolate. taste was all baker’s chocolate. pretty boring impy. Ernest (7696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Draught at Redfish. Head is brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, chocolate, husks), lightly hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with light notes of vanilla, blackberry, and chalk. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. A few problems in the nose (which is ultimately kind of boring aside from those issues) surprisingly doesn’t prevent the mouth experience from being pleasant. Nice balance, fairly clean, and a velvety texture made it more fun to drink than sniff. Needs work, but is drinkable as-is. Not very imperial.