IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - NOV 15, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW, after having this in the cellar for, about a year or so, then looking at it in the fridge for the past week, the time is finally here to pop the top of this highly anticipated beer. Black as pitch, no light at all makes its way through the glass. The inch thick creamy head slowly fades to a creamy layer of light brown foam. Coffee, shoyu, raisins, brandy, vanilla, slightly burned toast, a very busy aroma! Sweet & sour, fruit and mineral salt, bitter and tangy, loads of contrasts and complexity....all at once! This is a busy beer and could be overwhelming to the novice. As I say in my ’Beer Thoughts’, "I like my beers big and thick"and this is certainly both of those things and more. Beers like this are the reason that Imperial Stouts are my favorite style!
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is not kidding around. A full flavor with an odd thinness (compared with other prominent Stouts) makes for a truly hard punch. The dry dark chocolate is very prominent here, with only a note of coffee.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of alexanderj, via kleyland. 2006 vintage, silver foil. Pours a midnight motor oil with a medium sized dark tan head. Good bit of lacing around the glass. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, some hints of berries. This a a huge beer. Mouthfeel so thick you could chew. Palate is sweet at the beginning. That quickly gives way to the coffee notes that were present in the aroma. Roasted notes, some bitterness greet you at the end. As the beer opens up, the alcohol really is prevalent. Great beer for my 100th Rating!
larsga (6323) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin dark brown head. Opaque black body. Sooty, rounded burnt chocolatey malt aroma with earthy notes. Dry, smooth alcoholic burnt cocoa and chocolate taste with sharpish notes. Very nice burning sharp chocolatey aftertaste. My RBNAG’07 review then continues: "So fucking drunk. Now sleep." So I retasted next morning, to find much the same, except the bottom of the bottle had a pronounced bready aroma and taste. (0.66l bottle at RBNAG’07.)
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Will try again with a bigger sample. The aroma is some very nice malt, slightly roasted, and some dark fruit. The flavor has the dark fruit malt up front with roasted coffee in the finish. Very good. I will re-rate this one when I have another bottle.
Sigmund (5328) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2010 Rerate bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. The aroma and flavour has notes of heavily roasted malts and strong coffee. Maybe not one of the most complex beers in the world, but still one of the best! I’m upping it a point or two. Original rating: Sampled bottle, RBNAG 2007 in Grimstad. Pitch black colour. Intense but pleasant roasty aroma and flavour, notes of leather and tar.
gail (4) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
in some ways i hate to give something a perfect score... but that’s been my relationship with this bev. The commercial description is pretty much spot on, all the way to shouting out "HUGE." At the wonderful Liars Club in SD they once made me pair cheesecake with it... seemed like dumb excess. It was genius excess!
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
57 cl bottle. Black color. Big, brown head. Coffee and roasted malt, hops and fruit. Lovely. (RBNAG’07 in Grimstad Nov. 3th.)
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Finally decided to crack open one of my bottles. 2006 (I think - possibly early 07) 750ml - 55 degrees, Black pour with a nice looking tan head. Aroma has an incredible creamy essence with lots of rich coffee, chocolate, and a nice roastiness. Flavor is fantastic - coffee, chocolate, cream, vanilla, finely roasted malts, just a hint of hops and alcohol - this is great even at a younger age! Mouthfeel is simply incredible, ranging from silky smooth to tingly. Just about perfect - The best use of coffee in a beer by far. Alcohol is barely noticeable and the experience is fantastic. What a beer!
mystiksc (60) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing stout. Coffee and chocolate on the palate. Alcohol is very detectable but but works well in combination with the flavor. Highly recommend this stout.