DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Draft at Walking Man in Stevenson, OR on 7/22/07. Black on black body with a very durable creamy brown head and beautiful lace. Rich coffee aroma, accented with some dark chocolate, and dark fruit. Heavy body with light carboantion and a luxurious thick and creamy feel. Burnt sugar, chocolate, and sweet riated malts are balanced by a peppery bitterness in a ling and satisfying finish. This is really a nicely done Impy Stout. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 Oily black pour, deep brown ringlets inside of a tightly compacted beige head. Sweet aroma of chocolate, toffee, cream, dark fruits and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet as well, with very well rounded, expressive and balanced flavors of cherries and strawberries, chocolates, hefty malts and a whiplash of roastiness in the end. Palate is medium to full bodied, mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Finishes sweet, then mildly dry. This beer holds its own. Very delicious. stchloe (1067) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2008
I am a light weight and just a taste lit me for the night. The taste is alcohol and bitter. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Growler purchased at the brewpub. A very nice and flavorful stout without being overpowering. Alcohol well hidden.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Sampled @ GABF- Aged 2 Years-Pours a jet black color, nice cherry brown head. Aroma is a pleasent mix of bourbon and chocolate, coffee notes. FLavor is awesome, huge cofee and bourbon prescense (Irish Coffee) coffee, bourbon, figs, puddle of molasses finish.
xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Tap @ the GABF
Alcoholic twinge on the nose with chocolate notes. Taste is very smooth chocolate with a slight alcoholic finish. Very nice and well balanced. Hops do not really come through as much as I would have expected. Very good. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Several samples at the GABF ’05. Wow, this was as dark a pour as you could imagine....black, absolute minimal head. Sweetish, rummy, boozy chocolate aroma. Great deep roasted malt flavor, not without some hop bite to offset things a bit. All the cool impy stout traits jump out...a little vanilla, coffee, woody, etc. Thick and rich....too bad I don’t have some to age. Great beer. HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Darkness of night with a great head and lacing. Sweet malt nose. Big complex flavor (honey, fruit, coffee, oak and toasted malt) with a nice roasty thick finish. Very nice. jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Growler split with jimbowood. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruits. Taste has thick mouthfeel with chocolate flavor. Good. arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2008 Re-Rate. GABF 2007. Slowly rising brown head with wonderfully slow and deep full sub-surface "racing." Smell: cabernet, diacytl a little bit, strawberries. Full and slick in the mouth, but the flavors seem kind of flat: chocolate is not rich and expansive, the toffee is just kind of there. Not bad, but not impressive. I’ve adjusted the score downward from the previous rating. 7/5/7/4/15 = 3.8
Original Rating. GABF 2004; tasted then, rating from notes taken then. Great imperial stout. Buttery malts on the smell, deep but also sweet. Same carries over into the taste, caramel in there with the somewhat roasty chocolate. Awesome hops kick in the finish (not roasty, but almost tangy and definitely bitter), but turns a bit thin there too; otherwise, full body and feel. Very nice. 8/5/9/4/17 = 4.3