Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2007
Huge thanks to Ken for sending me this great growler. I have been drinking this stuff for most of the night and Im pretty messed up right now. Pours a nice deep ruby-black with some woody highlights- moslty cloudy - nice light yeast sediment on the bottom of the growler and a thin but lasting light brownish orange head. Aroma is roasty and nutty with a light hoppy kick, some fruity esters, dark and bittersweet chocolates and some alcohol as it warms. Roasty and chocolate flavor with a bit of alcohol, fruits, nutty- almond in the end, some annisette liquor, dark thick espresso and a harsh roasty acrid black malt character that I like in my impy stouts. Thick and big bodied with a somewhat chalky finish. Real nice bold impy stout. Thanks again Ken. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2008
growler thanks to kmweaver.....pours pretty close to black with a tan head that lingers on the edges for awhile.....aromas of chocolate malt and little of anything else. kind of weak in that regard....flavors of rich chocolate and a little charred roast. pretty sweet overall. creamy mouthfeel....very nice overall....might not have deserved a 17 overall but i think this competes well with warhead. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2008
Black with dark brown at edges, very good head. Aroma is a touch alcoholic with chocolate and dark fruit. Rich chocolate and dark fruit flavor. Alcohol still there, giving it a slightly rummy flavor due to presence of some molasses. Good stuff. Thanks to maniac for bringing this back. radagast83 (8747) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2010
On tap at Merrifield location. Pours a dark black, with a small dark, tan head. The aroma is chocolates, coffee, roasted caramel. Flavor has a noticeable alcohol bite, with plenty of dark chocolate and roasted malts. About on par with the oaked version of the same beer, though I find it quite interesting that I did not have this until some time after having the oaked version of this beer. Aside from that it’s one of the best crafted beers that I’ve tried from them. GenDV138 (8054) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Draft (tapped 2/7/14) at Sweetwater Tavern Merrifield poured into a standard pint glass. According to the board, this batch/year is 8% ABV. Pours black with just over a finger of nice frothy light tan head. Little brown hues around the edges of the glass. Head sticks around for a good bit. Very sparse lacing. Aromas of roast, dark chocolate, light dark fruit, coffee. Hard to get a good smell with the pint glass. Tasting notes of dark fruit including cherries, dark chocolate, caramel, roast. Medium body with a dry and slightly bitter finish. Light creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Pretty good beer and definitely one of GAR’s better brews, probably the best I’ve had from them so far. Wonder how this would compare to the original 10.8% version.
DCLawyer (2954) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Growler_>snifter. Depp brown with small tan head. A: chocolate and roasted malts, molasses, earth. T: rich dark chocolate, ash, earth, coffee grounds. Tasty. Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Dark black color with no head. Smoky, mildly fruity aroma. Bourbon-y aroma and flavor. Yummy, buttery rich, like I imagine a hot toddy would be. Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
My favorite Imperial Stout from the Real Ale Fest. Dark and full with plenty of flavor. Roasted, toasty and thick. Coffee, chocolate, sweet fruits and vinous notes, vanilla and a touch of wood. Nice balance of sweet and roasted character. Deserving winner of the Gold Medal. fraternie (1034) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2003
A fruitier, more complex aroma and malt flavor than any other Imperial I had at the RAF...Malt begins with toffee, a bit of roastedness and develops a dark fruit character. Malt starts somewhat like a barleywine before fading into chocolate malt. Moderate hops. Smooth, great balance, the best of the style at the fest.