jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Bottle courtesy of dough77 pours pitch black w/ virtually no head. Mouthfeel is a little watery, reminiscent of Old Rasputin. Touch of alcohol in the throat. Oatmeal smoothness w/ dark chocolate/coffee bite. Very good, but not great. emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Trade with shadey. My 500th beer! Pours a dark black, not quite oily in consistency. Coaxed a medium thickness, brown/chestnut head. Leaves some lace. The aroma is sweet, shows molasses, brown sugar, mild soy, cherry/currant, mild alcohol, fantastic aroma. The flavor shows mild alcohol at first and more as the beer warms, smooth flavor (thanks oats!), molasses, milk chocolate, light coffee, sweet molasses, gets fruitier as it warms. Yum, great impy. The palate is very smooth and full, velvety. Finishes a little warm, the 11% definitely shows on the way down. Excellent imperial stout. Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2007
100th rating for this beer!
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Courtesy Degarth. Black pour with some soft brown edges, small tan head that sticks around for a short time. Decent lacing. Nose of coffee, oatmeal, dark malts and fruits, creamer and some alcohol warmth. Flavor is intense with the sweet oatmeal and coffee notes, with some bittersweet chocolate mixed in. Finish is medium length and very roasty. Other than the slight heat on the nose, the alcohol is very well hidden. Medium carbonation, full and chewy mouthfeel. Good stuff.
The color was extremely dark brown/black. The head was dark tan, thin, and creamy. The aroma was sweet, soy sauce, some coffee malt, molasses, and some spice. The aroma was amazing. The flavor was soy sauce, sweet, roasty, and coffee malt. The palate was smooth with barely any carbonation. The finish was roasty and warm. cheap (6087) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 On tap at the Trivia Pub. I was a little mislead on this one. I love sweet oatmeal stouts but disregard the terrible imperial stouts. All I could see from across the bar was the word oatmeal on the taphandle so I bought the farm. Big black pour. Thin chocolate mousse head. Aroma of mild rootbeer and licorice. First tate is like rootbeer, just for a nano second, then its imperial stout murder on the taste buds. Sweet, yet oppressive, quite odd for dark beer. Thick syrupy and mouth coating. Rather unfriendly. If there is any carbonation, I can’t tell because of the in your face angry taste bud impact. YEWW, very difficult to enjoy. Rude and overpowering. Finish is sickly tar and nearly triggers the gag reflex. Nasty, to say the least. Perfect example of a foreign or impy stout. Can you imagine thick rootbeer syrup spiked spiked with whiskey? Scores very low on the cheapdark enjoyability scale. Tastes like used shovelhead motor oil mixed with dishsoap, no kidden! Will not buy again. IMHO I’m not good enough for this beer, sorry. However, this is on par with fresh Expedition.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Pitch black color. Smell of pine, hops, malt, caramel, chocolate, fruit, smoke and alcohol. Taste of malt, chocolate, fruit, alcohol, hops, roasted malt, caramel, smoke, french silk pie, bread, pine and minor brown sugar. Very smooth. Great stout! apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Lots of vanilla and roasted malt in the aroma - real roasty. The alcohol content is high, but it is nicely blended with the flavors and finish of the beer. Medium sweetness, and very heavy. A meaty beer, if you will. Lots of chocolate in the flavor. It has a pretty oily mouthfeel, but it works for this beer. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Pours to a black body with a quickly dissipating deep brown head. The aroma is a rich oatmeal grain bag with milk chocolate and deep roasted malts. Nice to have no signs of black patent in this one to cover up all the fresh oats. The flavor is extremely filled with oats, sweet barley, rich milk chocolate, and caramel. Interesting charred malts. The palate is really viscous, sticky, sweet, and full bodied. Nice concentrated goodness. Nice malt bitterness. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 Dense black, thick tan creamy head (great lacing left in the snifter). Rich sweet roasted coffee nose that flows over dry vanilla oat tones, hints of burnt chocolate woodiness, and touches of black currant. Flavor is truly intense with warming roasted chocolate and coffee notes that blend with dark berries drizzled with vanilla cream. Nice hop dose in the finish keeps the dark malt bill fully in check. Full bodied, smooth silky carbonation, bittersweet finish. Fantastic sipper! PS – try a splash of good bourbon in the last few ounces….oh the possibilities…. holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
22 oz bottle from West LakeView Liquors. Pours a dark brown with a dense soapy brown head. Complex nose of creamy oats, chocolate, molasses, caramel, toffee, biscuits, and dough. Mild carbonation and a creamy texture. Molasses, chocolate, toasted, roast, toffee, raisins, a little bit of dark fruits and alcohol. The alcohol is a bit too hot, but is not overbearing either. Creamy and damn tasty. A perfect beer to consume while catching up on my ratings.