Day #35 – Imperial Stout Tasting

February 6, 2011

Alright. Well tonight is going to work a little differently. I am hosting an Imperial Stout tasting at my house, in which I have a very nice line-up of beers to try, all Imperial Stouts. Most of these beers I had to trade for to get, and are not available in the DFW area. I will be making short notes on each as we go through, so it will not be as in depth as my reviews usually are. I’ll also be keeping a live blog, so it might get interesting as we go.  I am also opening up 4 different homebrews I have made.  This is the first time I am trying them so they could very well be horrible.  Either way, I’ll be sure to let you know!

Weyerbacher Old Heathen

Imperial Stout from Pennsylvania.  8.0% ABV.  Pours a very dark brown color with a tall coffee-tan head.  The aroma is quite tart; might have some potential infection or wild yeast.  I think this one was aged in barrels so that would not be surprising.  Tart and sour nose with dark malts.  Credit to Lara for pulling green olives on the nose.  This is definitely infected.  Sour flavor mixed with roasted malts and a bit of espresso taste on the finish.  Charcoal flavor also. Ugh, not a great start.

Bells Batch 7000

This is the commemorative batch from Bell’s out of Kalamazoo, MI. 12% ABV. This beer pours a very dark brown color that leaves a thick, oily residue on the edges of the glass. The aroma is quite unique and present. Aromas of soy sauce, dark malts, black pepper, clay-earth and a bit of dark chocolate. The flavor is very much of dry spice and toasted grain. Aftertaste leaves a large burnt/coffee ground flavor. Good and well made, but very strong indeed.

Darth Sidious Empire Stout


This is my homebrewed imperial stout. I brewed it back it November and it’s been quietly aging since then. This version was not changed and aged in anything else. Opening the cap had very little carbonation. Well I say very little but it had enough to make a hiss. Pours a brown color that is dark yet light enough to be see-through. Bubbly head. Aroma is sweet molasses and cocoa powder. Fairly light aroma. Flavor is sweet, molasses and dark malts. Lots of residual sweetness on the finish. I’m not mad at this! Hooray for not making crappy beer!

Leinenkugels Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout

This beer is from Leinenkugels based in Wisconsin. They have only made a few batches of this, and I am sampling the one from 2007. 4 year old imperial stout. Hell yeah! This beer pours a very dark black color that leaves a nice brown, silky residue on the glass. Thick legs. The aroma is very thick. Lots of brown sugar, dark malts, heavy wood and toasted notes. There is a slight tartness to this as well, but not NEARLY the tartness from the Weyerbacher. Flavor is dark malts, molasses sweetness and maple syrup. It finishes much the same that soothes out and remains fairly well balanced. This is pretty good.

Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel

This beer is from Montreal, Canada. 9.5% ABV. This beer pours a very dark black colour with a tan head. The aroma is insane! Lots of black pepper, heavy dark malts, black coffee and spice. The flavor is spicy black pepper, coffee ground and heavy malts. This is insanely amazing! The best beer of the night thus far.

Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

This is from Great Divide which is based in Denver, CO. Very pleased to see this beer in the line-up. It pours a very dark brown color with an orange-truffle type head. Bubbly. The aroma is quite woody, dark malts and straight coffee. Roasted notes on the nose. The flavor is dark and dry, bitter. Some coffee notes on the flavor. Finishes dry and espresso bitter. Not bad but….kind of plain.

Darth Sidious Oaked Empire Stout

My second homebrew of the night. This is the same stout as earlier aged on oak chips. 9.7%ABV This one looks the same with less head. Fairly clear dark red color. The aroma is mellow and woody. Less sweetness as in the regular with a bit of heat. Flavor is very nice! Dry wood and dark malts with a bit of sweetness and a mellow sugary malts. This is very nice!

Deschutes The Abyss

Deschutes is based out of Oregon. This has never been distributed to Texas until last month. They sent a very small amount of these bottles to our area and they were sold out within a few days. I’ve got two. 🙂 This beer pours VERY dark black. It has a lovely aroma with dark malts and spicy chocolate. Flavor is spiced but mellowed out. This is easy drinking yet complex enough to be interesting. This bottle was from 2010 but it would be much better after a few years.

Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Very, VERY excited to see this one! This is one of the best imperial stouts in the world, and I was very fortunate to receive this bottle in a trade, totally unannounced. This beer is brewed in Belgium and is made from the most expensive coffee on Earth. The coffee beans are eaten by a Civet Cat in southeast Asia, is digested and defecated out. These beans are picked out of the poop and used in the brewing of this beer. If that doesn’t make you want this beer, nothing will. It pours a very dark black color with a beige head. Swirling it around creates a nice resiny color on the edges of the glass. The aroma is very nice. Coffee, dark chocolate, sweet malts and residual sugars. A bit of toasted notes also on the nose. Very nice. The flavor is silky smooth. Lovely dark malts and smoooooooth coffee. Toasted coffee grounds and roasted notes. This is so awesome! If you ever have the chance to try this, I highly encourage it!

Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged BORIS The Crusher

Hoppin Frog is based out of Akron, Ohio. This is the barrel aged version of their BORIS Imperial Stout. Pours a very dark black color with a tan head. Aroma is big bourbon and charred oak wood. This is very nice. Lots of dark malts and heavy bourbon. Some vanilla notes also. Flavor is dark chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla, dark malts, maple syrup and thick molasses. This is also amazing! Very impressed with this one.

Darth Sidious Bourbon Oaked Imperial Stout

Same stout aged on Jack Daniels whiskey oak chips. The aroma is not as bourbony as I was thinking. Flavor is sweet wood with some amounts of vanilla and bourbon. Not bad, but I think I liked the Oaked Version better.

Brooklyn Black Ops

Very very dark black pour. Aroma is a huge bit of booze. Lots of dark chocolate and hot alcohol. Flavor is sharp notes with heavy black malts. Very potent and hot. Wow this is intense. I’m starting to feel the power……..

Grand Teton Black Cauldron Imperial Stout

This beer is from Grand Teton out of Idaho. It pours a very dark brown color. Dark grains and malts on the nose. Not too astringent or intense. Dark nose. Flavor is dark malts with a bit of bourbon and wood. Straight forward for the most part.

Darth Sidious Wine Oaked Imperial Stout

This beer has been aged on oak chips soaked in Cabernet wine. It appears the same. Smells woody and slightly tart. Fruity bit of aroma. Woody flavor, roasted and fruity tart notes. This is interesting, and I’m glad that I tried this project.

Lagunitas Imperial Stout

Dark reddish brown color with a bubbly head. Aroma is slightly watery. Some dark malts and sweet notes but not a whole lot there. Flavor is dry and grainy with some dark sweet sugary notes. Meh.

Joseph James Red Fox Russian Imperial Stout

Clear dark brown red pour. Aroma is tart and watery with some dark malts. Flavor is tart and roasted malts. Slightly watery. This is one of the worst choices to end the night but….it is finished!

It is now 1:30AM. I started this at 7, 6 hours ago. It was a crazy night and I got to try some kick ass beer but…..wow was it intense. I’ll add pictures in the morning.



One comment

  1. I absolutely love Beer Geek Brunch (Weasel) – it is my favorite beer I have ever had. I dropped it a 5/5 on http://www.beerisseur.ca.

    I am from Canada and I can buy a 6 pack of Peche Mortel at a local liquor store. I haven’t done it yet because it is $21 but it is one of the next beers I am picking up.

    Dieu du Ciel has another well rated Stout – Aphrodisiaque I’d love to try.

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