diabel (1584) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Many thanks to Marc for trading thisone! Black body. Brown head. Good lace. Nose of ídropí (some kind of candy). Moderately bitter,moderately sweet initial flavour. Heavlily bitter initial flavour, lightly sweet very long finish. Heavily bodied. Lively carboantion. very sirupy and complex (spices burning to my tongue for minutes) mouthfeel. Although Iím not into stouts, I defenitely appreciated this new experience.
willblake (2624) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
01.15.05 Thanks to Dorwart for the sharing! The usual descriptors for this brew: black as can be, thick, oily, coating, tar-like, pitch. Despite this, there is ample brown head that lingers. Amazing burnt and roasty aromas that every other Imperial dreams of. In fact, the aromas and flavors seem to meld as one, a character of this beer that makes it so intriguing to me. Licorice notes, caramelized maple sugar, plenty of hops shine throughout. Retronasal alcohol presence, long lingering roast and palate coating goodness complete the cycle. Wonderful stuff!
LilKem (1214) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was great. Poured off the tap dark chocolate color with nice caramel colored head. coffee, chocolate, caramel, malt, hops in this toasty flavor that doesnít seem to quit. I normally have a hard time drinking stouts, but this one was easy to drink. It was a comfort beer, much like comfort food, it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy while you keep the flavor on your tongue.
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 Bottle. Deep black, tan head, looks fantastic. Coffee aroma, malt, powerful and pleasant, just blown away by the strength of the aroma. TONS of coffee flavor, even the aroma didnít prepare me for it. Also dark chocolate malt, alcohol bite, earthy, toasty, and the hops come through in the finish which really blew me away -- hops canít stand out in a beer this strong. Thick mouthfeel, coats my mouth with all of its flavors. Probably the boldest and strongest flavor that Iíve ever experienced in a beer, Iíve had this a few times before and it still blows me away every time.
mkobes (2132) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2006 Aged 1 year. Deep brown in color with a nice tan head. Nice perfect carbonation. Roasty flavor with some coffee notes. Nice alcohol burn. Smooth and creamy. Full bodied. Well balanced. Very malty beer. Nice beer.
MaiBockAddict (1498) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
THANK YOU TCHROME for this bottle! Aged 1 year give or take. Super deep brown, with a tan head, and rather perfectly carbonated for somethoing of this ilk. Aroma of carmel roastyness and semi-sweet chocolate. Alcohol is there but has taken on the character of the malt so as not to distinguish itself. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Very malty woith a shot of bitterness at the end. There is a noticable alcohol burn there going down, but the flavor again is masked by the malt. Notes of vanilla are present as well. I do not notice te coffee in this at all, which probably faded with age. A true gem of a brew, for sure!
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a jet black. Small offwhite head. Aroma of dominant coffee, a little licorice and cream(lactose) to it.
Flavor is very smooth, choclate, with lots of coffee/espresso, and roasted malt. Very Nice, much thanks to IMTheOptimator for this bottle!
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 27, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 served in a Pint Glass 55f
Pours dark almost black with a tight rich brown head
Coffee and Roasted grains are riding shotgun, Alcohol and crystal malt
Are in the back seat, the hops are dead and in the trunk. A great imperial stout and
Quite drinkable for its high strength
Now I know what all the fuss is about and I canít wait to try the barrel aged
ChazyRPh (581) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared with my brother DYCSoccer17 that he received from his Secret Santa. Thanks to both! Opaque oil black pour with a medium creamy brown head. Sweet start, with some vineous tones. The middle is alcohol laden and the most upleasant part of this tasting. The finish is a medley of flavors...dark chocolate, roasted malt, strong burnt coffee. Hops are also present for the finishing foray. This is a definite treat, and the most impressive feature it the long long lasting taste.
DYCSoccer17 (3012) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 Bottle thanks to beerlimey...my 04 SS. Chocolate milk aromas with some mild roastiness as well as some vinous notes. Opaque black with drown head that is rather quickly dissipating. Boozy in the middle. Start is sweet and vinous. Middle is an astringent alcohol flavor. Finishes rather roasted and rather hoppy as well with a long, drawn out coffee flavor. This flavor just does not resolve. The middle astringency and ethanol presence takes away from this beer. Its lingering flavor is an added bonus, though. (8/5/7/3/15)----- aroma on this is a little faint with some hints of coffee, and some metallic undertones. Light sweetness. Gorgeous beer. Jet black body with light brown head that is large. Great lacing. Starts with light, sweet chocolate hints, before this becomes a little coffee-like. Not huge like Peche Mortel, but still there. Moderate roastiness later on. Amazing body and mouthfeel. Great balance. This beer is world-class for a reason. Canít understand why I initially rated it so low.