Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Bottled, thanks Ken! Poured medium-dark brown with a short, well-formed, creamy cap of tan head.. not particularly dark for an impy stout. The aroma picked up sweet drawn caramel with sweeter chocolates.. sprucey hoppage provided an intriguing complement.. as a matter of fact, those hops overtook the malt as this warmed up. The flavor had warm, nicely-roasted darker chocolate and caramel at the core and greener piney hoppage around the edges, but this wasn’t very cohesive.. sharper alcohol notes on the back-end. Creamy, heavier carbonation (a bit too much) and medium-plus body on the palate.. drier and warm on the back-end.. long, chalky roasted chocolate finish. Just OK.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Dark chestnut brown pour. Smells of oatmeal and sweet malt. It has a rich, sweet flavor to start and closes with a roasted finish. johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Poured black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Body was a little thin. Chocolate and coffee flavors throughout. Another winner for almost 10%. wickedpete (636) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Thanks to Mike for this one. Dark brown body. Oats, licorice and very sweet aroma. Dry and malty flavor with evident alcohol. jsquire (4662) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Dark beer with a short foamy tan head. Nose of chocolate malt balls with some acetate. Chocolate flavor with a roasted grains, burnt toast, and again with the acetate. The alcohol is intrusive in this bottle. The finish is a long bitter chocolate.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Thanks MuenchenerKindl for such an excellent extra
12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip an awesome midnight black with a good two fingers of tan head that settles into a large curtain of lace that lasts to the end
Aromas of oatmeal, malts and grains, yes almost barleywineish with a light alcohol smell
Oatmeal, chocolate molasses and fruit with a lite hop end note Wow I like the taste almost like some sort of hybrid oatmeal stout barleywine
Palate is medium to thick
You need to sit back, relax and sip this one. A truly great beer and I am glad I chose this one to end the night with. I would say that this is a must try beer
kkearn (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2008
12oz bottle, from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Pours deep brown, capped wit a thick tan head. Aroma is primarily chocolate with some caramel in the background, with faint spice and cherry. Sweet, roasted chocolate malt flavor comes through at first, then gives way to bitter chocolate for the finish. Long bitter finish. wetherel (1899) - Cupertino, California, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Bottle from miketd on 12/19/2007. Thanks Mike! Pours with a small bubble head that quickly dissipates to thin cloud over a dark black-amber liquid. Aroma is malty almost barleywineish. Aroma shows hints of chocolately roastiness. Medium to heavy body. Some lingering bittterness. Lots of hops, possibly grapefruit hops. Not sweet, but the thick body implies an illusive sweetness. Drinkability reduced a little from young age, higher alcohol and offcenter bitterness. Should get better with age, but I think a hint of oxidation beginning to show may limit the amount of aging, and would encourage aging at lower temperatures. checkmatei1 (783) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Bottle: Poured a Dark dark brown with a coffee colored head. The aroma was that of coffee. The flavor was full of coffee, chocolate, and malts. Very smooth and not overly roasted. A very drinkable stout. TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle courtesy of hopdog. Thanks Steve! Murky dark brown to near black pour. Small tanned head. Aroma is roasted malts, dark, bitter chocolate, and burnt oatmeal. Taste is bitter chocolate, hops, roasted malts, and burnt, oily coffee. Body is light-medium with a creamy carbonation and a lingering bitterness. Doesn’t really "feel" like an imperial stout. Finishes with strong roasted malts, oily hops, and dark bitter chocolate. Rather uneven overall but still tasty at times.