Dorwart (2598) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Thin dark brown head of dense creamy bubbles. Rich roasty aroma with lots of toasted grains, molasses, black cherry and some sweet malts. Color is a very dark brownish black. Thick and very full bodied. Sweet and malty with loads of roasted grains, molasses and chocolate. Not really bitter at all. Velvety smooth mouthfeel that is almost chewy. Noticable alcohol presence that makes the lips tingle and the gullet nice and warm. The oats are really present in the body and give this brew tons of mouthfel and character. Finishes thick and creamy and delicious. Lingering roastyness and alcohol. A great imperial stout!
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2009 Pours deep, dark brown with a small brown bubbly head. Strong aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, lactic sugars, light roasted coffee, and some piny/herbaceous hops. Sweet lactic and bitter chocolate flavors hit hard upfront like a bitter malted milk ball, then quickly recede into slightly bitter roasted coffee, and grassy/piny hops, but keeping up that sweetness as an undertone all the way through. Would’ve certainly pegged this for a milk stout if I didn’t know better. Palate is full, creamy, a bit grainy (like chocolate with high cocoa content), fairly sweet, and oily. That’s a damn fine impy stout that is sure is sure to drink nicely for years to come. Delicious. NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Bomber - One of the best Imperial Stouts I have had to date. Pours a thick, murky, midnight black with a fluffy, lasting brown head. This beer is huge on both aroma and flavor. It is very sweet with a huge chocolatey malty flavor. As it warms the alcohol makes more of an appearance. The mouthfeel is thick and rich with almost an oily consistancy. Simply excellent. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2007
(22oz bottle) Small tan head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel, some vanilla, coffee syrup, light grapefruit/floral, alcohol. Taste is sweet, chocolate, oatmeal, some coffee, molasses, burnt, light grapefruit. Boozy with medium alcohol burn. Full body, smooth and sticky. Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Bottle. Aroma nothing really spectacular jumps out at me a light alcohol, oat and chocolate. Poures a nice swirling black with a dark chocolatey head. Flavor is just yummy, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla. Palate is nice and full. Overall, I like this very much, may need more.
MrBunn (2838) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle. As it pours out a thick blackish brown liquid, I think this could be good. The head forms slowly, so plan accordingly as you pour. Leave yourself a little room... 2 to 3 fingers’ worth of space for the khaki froth. Aromas are not that complex... milk chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy... with a touch of heat from the alcohol. The first thing to know about the flavor is that it is very sweet... malty chocolate, vanilla and oats mix together and the whole thing borders on being just simply too much sweetness, but then in comes the alcoholic warmth and a little bit of a bitter note. Still, I’m not totally sold on the blending... could be a bit less sweet and I’d be happier. I may have to buy one and sit it in the cellar for a few years just to see what that would accomplish. nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle. Much better than I expected. A well done imperial stout with all the components you’d expect. A little unbalanced as far as sweetness goes, but solid none the less. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 bottle....aroma: lots of roasted malt and sweet chocolate and oats of course....appearance: black pour or very close to being black. little head which was tannish but not very long lasting.....taste: sweet, roasty, chocolate with little carbonation and medium/light body.....nothing revolutionary but a well done imperial stout. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2007
bottle. hoppy and awesome smell. exactly what you expect the beer to be. really heavy and wheaty. great. hot back-end. kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2007
22oz bottle from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Pours pitch black, with a thin tan head. Big roasted malt aroma with some fruit, oats, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor is initially (very briefly) sweet malt, then burnt malt steps in, with dark chocolate, molasses and some hops. Long, roasted malt finish. Thick bodied, with smooth, velvety mouthfeel. This is a big, delicious beer.