jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Dark clear brown with a light brown head. Nose of toffee, mocha and fresh cereal. Flavor is sweet up front with notes of caramel, a tinge of burnt roastiness/hoppy resinousness, mocha and a detectable alcohol presence. Full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall, tasty stuff. LinusStick (3461) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2008
A nice imperial stout. At first sip I thought it was a barley wine but as it warmed the stoutness came out. Aroma was kind of weak. Chocolate with a hint of dark fruit. Pour was a murky dark brown with no head and little movement. Taste was very different. Strong sweet chocolate, bitter malt aftertaste and this wierd fruitiness in the aftertaste. The hops bitter this in the end and leave the mouth dry. Another interesting Scratch beer. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008
12oz bottle, 2007 from kramer17801, thanks Jason! Clear deep ruby with a 1//2 finger medium-light beige head, fading to a thin film and ring. Cola, raisins, chocolate up front with roast hanging around in the back. Flavor has some chocolate covered cherries in addition ot the aforementioned aromas with some caramel sweetness. Dry ashy finish with bitterness. Alcohol present, but not overpowering or boozy. As this warmed I was getting more of the berries that tjthresh spoke of, but I thought they were either raspberry jam-like or strawberries. Not really an imperial stout in my mind. Moderate carbonation with a medium-full body. This did turn out interesting to say the least. tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2008
12 ounce bottle from kramer17801. Pours dark brown with a thin dark tan head. Kind of a weird aroma. I get a little bit of chocolate and there’s a bit of a oat aroma. I also find some mashed blackberries. I’m kind of getting the cola that the previous rater mentioned. Fairly sweet, and even a bit on the hot side. You can pretty much take everything that I just said and apply it to the flavor. Medium body and oily. Prickly carbonation. Dry finish with a bit of heat. Very average. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle. Body-dark cola with a medium ring of bubbles. Nose-dry, light sour, unsweet cola. Taste-dry wood, very rough on the palate, light grass, plywood, light unsweet cough syrup, some sweetness comes out as it warms, cola nut. Palate is very rough and unrefined, too dry, not a lot going on flavor wise. I would pass on ever drinking this again. Just a rough unfinished beer.
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Courtesy of Gillard. Pours dark brown with nice mocha head. Not very stoutie looking brew. It has a somewhat mild aroma with roastiness, medium dark fruity esters, a bit earthy and vegetables. Not the greatest aroma. The taste is very similar with medium dark fruitiness mixing with some roasty malts, faint chocolate, faint malt astringency and some molasses and earthiness rounding things out. Interesting. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Bottle sampled. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, and fruit. The flavor is sweet, chcolate, fruit, roasted malts, coffee, and mild bitterness to the finish. Good brew. pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2008
4-11-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to kramer17801 Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Dark chocolate brown black color with a watery tan head and some lacing. Has a smoky smell but overall not that bold in the nose at all. Flavor is light roasted smoky honey and chocolate. Dry flavor and finish. Drinkable and chocolaty. Balanced and enjoyable but not very flavorful or bold overall.
Pours a dark chocolate brown color that shines slightly translucent on the edges. A dense, spongy, beige colored head settles slowly to a thin rim, leaving sticky rings of lacing behind. The nose is very fruity for an imperial stout. Caramel, figs, raisons, chocolate, and cream are well blended, but show more like a big weizen bock than an impy stout. Flavors are pretty much the same, but turning a bit more roasty and stout-like. Caramel plays a huge role, lending its luxurious sweetness to bitter chocolate, candied dark fruits, and bitter earthy hops. Roasty coffee and creamy chocolate join forces to create a mocha feel. The body is thick, almost full, and very creamy. It does finish with a good deal of alcoholic heat, however. A dry roastiness lingers on the palate. Throwing stylistic ideals out the window, this is a very solid brew. It definitely resembles a huge, malty, roasty weizen bock more than an imperial stout, however. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2008
bottle. Bittersweet chocolate with thin presentation and mouthfeel. Nice brew, but heat and bitterness distracts.