doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2005
The final beer tasted at the Great Madison Street Stout Off, from a case that has been cellaring unopened in the basement of the bar I work at for almost 2 years. From a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. No head. Pitch black. And the taste.....wow....an upfront bitterness, but then sweet chocolate and bread pudding. Wonderful stuff, cant taste or smell the alcohol...could be dangerous..... mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2005
Bottled Sep 2004. Black with a dark tan head which is pretty sparse. Aroma is absolutely dominated by really piney American hops, which is nice but not at all what I was expecting. Very slight roast barley burnt character but no esters or other malt aromas. Again the flavour kind of lacks the thick maltiness I was expecting (not that I’m any kind of Imp Stout expert), just a fleeting sweetness before a massive, dominant bitter, burnt, orange rind LONG finish which is great. Quite savoury and nice, but it’s really lacking malt, fruit and as a result, complexity. It’s more like a black IPA than an Imperial Stout I reckon. From what Jim Busch has written on the HBD it seems like a real simple grain bill and I’m afraid it tastes like it, which is a real shame because I’ve taken to this philosophy with my own brewing and now I’m not sure if I should be rethinking it. Good beer but not excellent, which seems to be a trend with US micros in my experience (except Pelican IPA). They have some REALLY good elements but the whole package isn’t quite there. barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2005
acquired via trade with lmgraz1. bottle, pours a deep, rich chocolate color with a small head and not much lacing. flavors of roasted malts and some dark fruits. just a hint of a medicine flavor prevents me from rating higher, but overall a very nice impy stout and winter warmer. Thx Lou! ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2005 Solid imperial, though not my favorite in this category. Predictable color, pour, and head, with some alcohol bite and unmellowed hop/malt combination that didn’t quite come together in the palate. Overall, I enjoyed it and will try it again. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Good drink, but this imperial has too many medicinal qualities to ever make it a favorite of mine. It pours black with a light tan ring around the glass in lieu of a head. The first two scents that I catch in the aroma are anise and alcohol... both of which I enjoy, but not as the leads into an imperial stout. The taste is a rich olio of roasted malt, roasted unmalted barley, licorice, alcohol, burnt chocolate, and hints of hop bitterness. It has a surprisingly subdued, roasted finish... although I can feel the full weight of the abv working its way into my system. Okay, but I’ll only be drinking it in the future if someone else is buying.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 Pjk33, you are the man! You ’shock me’ once again! Pours nicely, and the lace sticks nicely to the glass’ however, I like my imperial stouts a little heavier, and this one just didn’t quite measure up. A nice beer, however. Shag (3001) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Thanks Capt Cougar for this one. A black appearance with a beige head. The aroma is grapes and chocolate. The flavor is quite sour with some chocolate, raisins, and smoke. Not sure but this may be a little overrated. I enjoyed it but not as good as many of the other Impy Stouts Ive had. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2006 Mmmm. Poured a dark brown/black with a tan huge head. Head was creamy and inviting. Wondrous aroma of roasted malts and faint whisper of hops as well. This poured as thick as well worn motor oil. The mouth feel was so heavy. I tasted liquors and anise, as well as toasted chocolate malts. The complex flavor gave way to a dry, bitter, sour finish. The % is hidden behind all these flavors as they bland nicely to an expression reminiscent of a fine espresso. RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Very dark with tan head. Malt and hops apparent in aroma. Underlying coffee and chocolate in the flavor. Very nice Imperial Stout. spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Very good IS. Pitch black, opaque body with thick dark tan/brown head. There was a cool looking tan ring that lasted the entire beer around the rim of the beer. Good roasted nuts, malts. Coffee. Some vinegar and fruity scents. First sip is a little intense but very good. Strong roasted coffee, and nuts. Very bitter at first sip, but then balanced nicely by sweet fruits and malts. Smooth. Wine/ alcohol aftertaste. Extremely enjoyable beer.