JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
on draft at Summit’s in Atlanta
black in color, sweet, carmelly. didn’t really taste like an imperial stout pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2005
On draft at the Globe in Athens. Coffee is noticeable but not overwhelming. Creamy, rich, and silky. Balanced and thoroughly enjoyable. legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2005
BLACK in color; head thinned very fast. Ashy porter-like nose. Decent enough. Very robust- good coffee and choclate angles. Nice silky mouthfeel. rajendra82 (1109) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2006 Came from the bar in a standard pint glass looking dark opaque black with brown highlights. Light brown head was signature Taco Mac Windward Parkway sparse, and the initial temperature off the tap was a bit cooler than necessary.
The aroma was sweet chocolate, coffee, and toffee cake with some roasted and burnt grains. Hops were flowery on the nose.skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2004
The taste was sweet with a slightly sour edge. Abundant in coffee, chocolate, and burnt toast flavors, little to hop bitterness was present. As the beer got warm, the taste become much more bitter and astringent, with the coffee overtaking all the other tastes.
The beer was much too thin on the palate for one calling itself an Imperial Stout. A little more body could have done this brew a world of good. A tad too dry for an oatmeal stout, this became somewhat brash after warming up.
A nice hearty drink from Terrapin and a good sign that they are going to keep pushing the envelope to make the loss of Dogwood a bit more bearable. I hope when they brew this one the next time, they put in more oats to smooth the rough edges some. More malt and a ABV getting closer to the 10% mark would also be helpful.
With the beginning of 2006, Terrapin Monster beer tour has returned over to a previously visited stop. And just like Big Hoppy Monster, which was the last offering of the 2005 beer tour, this one comes in four packs of 12 oz. bottles in addition to the previously draft only version. The ABV has gone up half a notch to 8.1%, and I hear that they used a different mix of specially selected coffee this time around. So here goes the revisit in a different packaging.
Immediately upon starting the pour, I was impressed by the viscosity of the body. While not completely black, the shade of brown this beer displayed was damn near that color. There was a tiny head at first, but that was gone in an instant, leaving me with a nearly carbonation free beer.
The smell was quite pleasant, giving off aromas of chocolate, toffee, and vanilla, with a rather mild addition of smoky smelling coffee. The taste was much more coffee driven than the smell, with acidic taste of a finely ground dark roasted espresso coming out quite clearly. There were also other complimentary flavor influences from the fruity pale and chocolate dark malts, creamy roasted oats, and citric hops. The whole experience was incredibly smooth for a beer that came out yesterday, with no graininess whatsoever.
Silky soft in the mouth, this was very easy to drink and never ever got bothersome. This was not a rib tickling, knock you back, and fill you up kind of Imperial Stout. Instead, this was a rather cheerful drink with an abundance of flavors. The kind of Imperial Stout that I would enjoy during a long lunch.
Tasted from the 5 Seasons tank just before release time - thanks Dennis!
biermonk (264) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Well crafter from the word go! Aroma is coffee first, hops second, coffee third. The pour is deep black. Flavor-wise, I have never tasted a more coffee-laden stout. Some hazelnut in there too. The oats contribute to the above-average sweetness, while the finish is slow and creamy. Now if I could just make myself like coffee...
Smpled at the Beer and Cheese tasting at Summit’s Waysied Tavern...Poured a dark black...with a rich creamy tan head...Aroma was dominated by coffee...Flavor was a nice blend of the roasted malts accompanied by the coffee...very full bodied...with the slightest hop finish...these guys never cease to amaze