DalzAle (2036) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2009
On tap at the brewery today. Dark brown pour, 1/2 inch head and smelled like plenty of roasted malts and some coffee. Flavor started out rich and chocolatly, then some sweet brown sugar and finished a little boozy and slightly smoky. Well done. sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - JUL 31, 2009
[On-tap] Pours dark brown with a small dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate (esp. in the finish), baked apple, molasses, banana, and raisin. Decent amount of alcohol in the taste, anise, good amount of malt to balance out the moderate level of bitterness, and light coffee. Reminiscient of Expedition with the hops subdued. Thick mouthfeel, and has a long finish. Overall, a solid imperial stout, although the aroma was just a little lacking in comparison to the taste. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
100th imperial stout rating, on tap at the brewpub. Very jet black color with a light milk chocolate head.Sweet dark fruits are prevelant throughout with just a hint of alcohol. Very smooth, lots of chocolate with a slight bitterness and nice hop presence, very good. BVery (10327) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Rating #300 needs a solid beer - Ol’ Jack Frost works!
TAP: dark brown/black pour, tan head. Big ol’ Russian Impy Stout look in my glass. Roasted coffee and chocolate on the nose, more on taste + some sweetness (dark fruit?). Creamy mouthfeel. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Dark Brown body with brown head clinging around the edges and an island of wispy brown bubbles floating in the center. Faint dark fruits and roasted malts on the nose. Maybe some light cherry as well. Hint of roasted malts as well. The flavor begins with dry roasted malts and quickly adds dark fruits and sweet portish alcohol. Dark chocolate on the finish with some dry hop character to it. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and while the alcohol is certainly detectible, it doesn’t take much of a tole on my tastebuds.
Stine (1779) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Thick and black, a full pint pour courtesy of an ignorant barmaid. Oily. Aroma leans uneasily toward cloying. A grilled pineapple skewer and graham cracker crust come first, to be overwhelmed by a maple syrup and chocolate latte hybrid. Tastes of hazelnut, Ethiopian light roast and flourless chocolate cake. Cranberries and maybe black currants lend a quieted tartness, leading to a thick dissemination of smoke with warmth. Prickly bourbon sweetness robs these elements of their subtlety to some degree. Palate is somewhat sharp as a result. Tends to be a bit brutish, but it has its shining moments. detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Pours as dark a brown as you can get without being black, topped by an eighth of an inch or so of tan colored foam. The head doesn’t stick around for long, reducing to just a ring. Delicious aroma of Kahlua, bittersweet chocolate, and French roast coffee.
Silky smooth mouthfeel, with gentle carbonation. Fullish body. Sweet chocolate, molasses, roasted grain, and coffee flavors. A touch of smoky tobacco in the finish. GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Dark coffee, chocolate, vanilla, malt, and hops in both smell and taste. Smooth in the mouth with a mildly bitter finish. A very nicely balanced imperial stout. tennisjoel (1448) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2007
On tap at Winterfest 07. Nose is sweet with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, and . Mouthfeel is thick, but very easy to drink as well, a good combination. Complex flavors and very well done. This is Czar Jacks younger cousin as it awaits the barrel aging process. I’d like to sample Czar Jack when it becomes available. For me, this and Barley John’s Rosie’s Ale were the highlights of the night. heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Growler. As a side note $12 for a growler of Imperial Stout is a steal. Deep dark black. Softly hoppy aroma, cocoa and coffee. Lusciously soft in the mouth. There are some nice roasty notes lurking inside a deep chocolate/coffee bed. This is quite a delight on the tongue. Truly vinious, without bludgeoning alcohol or hops. This beer’s subtle charms come out and out.