LighthouseBeer (10) - Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Pours dark with a lively tan head that expands slowly. Bready malt with light hop presence. Chocolate is very present, alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Underscores of leather and wood with a light spice finish. Nothing too exotic but a very enjoyable stout punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Bottle opens with a big pop. Black pour with a gigantic rocky tan head. Cocoa and strong coffee aroma but not much else. A little dull. There’s some chalkyness and a vegetal note that comes out after the head fades. Lots of chocolate and black coffee in the flavor with a sharp, astringent hop finish. Some notes of dark fruit after a few more sips. The body is creamy but a bit thin for the style. Lots of carbonation. kidmartinek (5000) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Runny, blackish liquid. Huge, dense barley bubble, tan head. The head on this thing sticks around for 10 minutes. Awesome! Light ccoa and roasted malt with milk. Silky head and texture. Stout, rich malt flavor with cocoa, barley, sugar, alcohol, and caramel. It’ll clear your nose if nothin’ else. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company--SIERRA XXX 30th Anniversary Fritz & Ken’s Ale--Stout--A Collaboration of Pioneering Brewers #1--2010 25.4 oz. Bottle. 9.20% ABV--65 IBU’s.? (4.0 / 5.0) Stout--Imperial--Semi-thick pour. Thin lacy espresso head. Clear dark black opaque red edged color. Smoky roasted burnt hop mild coffee cocoa front. Chalky burnt dry sweet crusty roasted coffee fruit hint rich Stout body. Dry hop spice EtOH hint Sharp end. Needs Aging to Develop Smoothness. Sampled One 3/21/2010. 2 @ $10.79 Each. IndianaRed (4633) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Very nice caged and corked bottle pours a very nice deep black in my snifter. Impressive full tan head. Coarse and blocky, even after a rather delicate pour. Roasted aroma and a nice roasted slightly charcoal flavor. Very little of the coffee or chocolate notes in other examples of the style. Straight forward and simple but good.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2010
First off, this was too damned expensive at $15 a 750. Second, it wasn’t half-bad. Dark black with a serious roast-like smell, whew, roast coffee beans ground up. The taste was a little burned but also had a hint of hops, not bad at all. This beer was grossly overpriced and I’m not sure I’ll be buying any more of their 750’s despite the fact that I am a big fan of Sierra Nevada.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-02-2010 01:51:50 Dogbrick (13027) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2010
On draught at Winking Lizard, served in a snifter. Pours black with a medium frothy light brown head that diminishes steadily. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of smoked malt and roasted coffee. Medium, creamy body with flavors of roasted malt, vanilla, more smoke and coffee. The finish is chocolate malt with a mildly bitter coffee aftertaste. Decent Imperial Stout overall. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 14, 2010
(750ml bottle, courtesy of BarZigKin) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, pine, some dark fruit, and cola. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, and hops (grass, pine) with a moderately bitter finish. awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2010
Bottle from Crown Downtown. Pours deep black with slight brown edge and creamy tan head. Nose is roasted malt and slightly smokey. Flavor is super smooth, creamy roasted/choc/dark malt with a commanding smoke finish that makes me feel like I’m siting fire-side on a camping trip. Finish has a slight peat/leather feel as well. Despite the smoke, the creaminess throughout is what makes this one special. On the darker/bitter side. Not bad. LilBeerDoctor (3931) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2010
Bottle (first impy I’ve seen with a cork). Pours black with a huge, foamy, late rising tan head that lasts. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, cocoa, light coffee notes. Flavor of roasted, smoked malt, light coffee. A little bland in the flavor, especially as I continue to drink. A pretty good impy, but nowhere near great in my book.