NachlamSie (3504) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Draught. Wow, we were very surprised to find this treat along with its barrel aged cousin on tap in April. This was in a side-by-side with the Redline bourbon stout. Pours black with a brown head. The aroma is a little muted, though it does evolve as it warms. Notes of espresso, mocha, and hickory are present. Nice thick, slick palate on this one. In the way of flavor, plenty of espresso notes abound with hickory smoke, soy sauce, traces of pine, and a finish that hints at port, though that is rather subdued. There isn’t anything really surprising about this, but it is exactly what I would hope for in the style. Very reliable and balanced and plenty robust. This one is noticeably brighter and smokier with somehow a thinner (I guess "less viscous" would be more appropriate) mouthfeel than the bourbon version. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Draught at the source. Pours pitch black with thin but everlasting brown head. The aroma is espresso, some bitter chocolate, hints of molasses and pristine forest. The flavor is espresso and floral hops. A pleasant earthiness and faint cola manifest themselves toward the middle, and it gets piney toward the finish. Only a little bit of alcohol is present in the aftertaste. A distant nuttiness comes out as it warms. Good, full mouthfeel without being grossly sticky. Excellent brew. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 This is a thick, ebon drink with a large, chocolate brown head that stays pretty much for the duration of the drink. This has a very chocolatey aroma along with roasted coffee and a hint of smoke. Rich and creamy in the mouth, the chocolate dominates the taste. Coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, and some licorice aren’t far behind. It’s got a nice dry coffee finish with a slight touch of hop bitterness. Good imperial.mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 23, 2004
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Tap at brewpub, my notes list 8.5% as ABV. Massively dark beer. Smells of roasted malt, carmel, alcohol...sweet raisiny malt taste, roastiness and alcohol mix, but alcohol is quite subtle, almost subliminal...sweet lingering flavors, rich beer...not super complex like a Bell’s Expedition or Dark Lord, but velvety smooth & chocolatey. JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2004
They seem to keep the same name but change the style..hmmm... Dark as coal with only a slight edge of bubbles. Sweet nose is chocolatey, hints of vanilla and coffee creamer. Nice body is rich with chocolates and coffee roastiness, some alcohol peeks through toward the finish, softens up and has hints of dark fruits soaked in alcohol as it warms. Good!
TheBeerGod (6233) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2007
Draft. Pitch black. Frothy, creamy tan head. Nose is roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate and light oily hops. Taste is sweet roasty malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, light coffee notes and vanilla. Some molasses too. Body is creamy and very smooth. Some light alcohol warmth and a medium-full palate. Finishes with more dark chocolate, roasty malts, coffee and vanilla. Very nice! Nuffield (4180) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Excellent, opaque black, moderate/low head. Some choclate, lots of roasted qualities, but not a super-dense palate or other slightly less tangible elements that would cry out "imperial stout". Moderate aroma of vanilla, chocolate, hairspray...oops, no, that’s just the woman who sat down next to me at the bar! (on tap, Rock Bottom, Chicago, IL) holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2007
On tap in a snifter. Thick black color with a brown ring of a head, served too cold so I’ll wait for it to warm. hmm ... anyway, so how are you doin, that’s good. ... this beer sure is cold, yep .. can’t smell a thing. ... wait is that, there it is ... chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, a little bit of dried fruits .. Medium bodied and smooth, swooshing the fizziness into my cheeks .... frothy milk chocolate lines my mouth .... chocolate roast flavors replace the bubbles in my next sip, raisins, bitter roast, alcohol, pretty tasty. If it wasn’t so late I’d have another. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 #100 rating. on tap.pours pitch black with a head that didn’t last long. aroma has nice chocolate, coffee, and piney hops, nothing crazy about the aroma. flavor has some good hop bitterness, roasted chocolate, an alcohol punch finishes. pretty solid imperial stout. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Draft. Nice roasted aroma, pretty typical for an imperial stout. The palate was good and the flavor was good, but nothing special.