chinchill (5025) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2014 dmschefke (575) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an amber brown with thin tan head. This impy just LOOKS thin. Aroma decent of roasted malt, ever so slight coffee, and not a lot else. Flavor is surprisingly a little better than I was expecting, but nothing special. Finish left something to be desired. Not my cup of tea with so many better stouts and impys available.
On tap at the brewpub in Grants Pass OR. High ABV seems apparent from the taste and warm feel.
Pour was opaque black, like motor oil. An excellent and durble light brown head leaves the glass mostly coated with lacing.
Aroma: the appealing and rich aroma has some dark fruit notes and faint hints of coffee and dark chocolate. .
Flavor: a bit too sweet and with the alcohol all too evident.dispite an apparent (cFlavor is clearly inferior to the (excellent) aroma.
Feel:soft low carbonation seems fine; medium body. Some warming.
O: a boozy, excelletn smelling RIS. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2013
More of a stout than an imperial at 6.1%, but good. Sufficiently thick in mouthfeel and quite "roast-forward" in flavor. Strong coffee notes that linger. Good! B.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2013
12 oz bottle from brewery - Pours dark with virtually no head. It may be that I’ve had the bottle for a month, but that really isn’t that long. Aromas of roasted malt. Nice rich flavor even without a strong head to protect it. Not a bad try, but could be better for this style. bb (9311) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle. Black beer with a dark cream head. Chooclate and rich malt aroma. Chocolate and rich malt flavor with light roast. Medium-plus bodied. Chocolate and rich malt lingers with light roast and light coffee. phaleslu (10274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2011
12 oz. bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks again, Dan! 2005 vintage. Pours a dark amber color with a big tan head. Aroma of tart fruits, oak, and toasted malts. Flavor of rust, apples, grapes, roasted malts, and berries. Yep, this one seems to be infected. Medium-bodied, with a tart mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt that it’s better than this regularly but this one hasn’t held up at all.
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2010
12 oz. thanks alex! pours nearly black with ruby edges and a loose tan head. sweet chocolate nose with roast. creamy medium body with mild carb. roasty, chocolatey, slightly bitter mid palate. mild dark chocolate on the finish. bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2010
12oz bottle, thanks Alex. Pours a bit thin and lighter in color for a stout with little kahki head. Light roasty, chocolate, coffee, touch of prune sweetening. Dark roasty, lightly sweet, touch of nut and cocoa, light licorice...light and balanced but leans toward the sweet side a bit. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
12oz bottle supplied by Mike and Janet. Rating #41. Not a jet black pour like most imperial stouts, but it was a dark ruby with a black background and a light tan head. Light roast and a little chocolate. Not a real heavy impy, but not too bad. A bit astringent maybe, a little chocolate, decent. (1220) beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2009
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with jake65. Pours dark brown that allows light pass through along the edges, with a moderate light brown head that disappeared after the first sip and left no lace. Pleasant aroma of sweet malt, raisins and a bit of rum. The flavor is basically cardboard and lacks any of the fruitiness or malty sweetness promised in the aroma. Dry, bitter finish. Imperial stouts are my favorite style. This one was disappointing. dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Some light coffee and chocolate in the aroma. I found this to be good as well. Sweet, some bitterness and thick stout flavor. Seems a tad underrated to me, but whatever.