bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Poured a very good looking dark stout/coffee color. What else can I say about this brew that hasnít already been said. Flavors are coffee, caramel, and salty. Finishes smooth. My only complaint is the alcohol content coming through to strongly, drowning out the coffee flavors, and leaving it unbalanced.
can8ianben (1285) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really rich, big aroma right out of the pour. It smacks you in the face with big malty savoury flavours and impressions. The appearance isnít too special. Kind of an oily black, little head, unless the beer is poured right into the middle of the glass. Nice toffee, caramel, bold coffee beans, chocolate, cinemon, coffee, coffee. Nicely sweet, nicely bitter too. Very smooth, easy to drink if you donít mind the bitter finish. I like it.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2006
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2010 2009 bottle. Actually 4 bottles in a row that had all soured. What a disappointment. From 2 different sources too, so I suspect a problem at the brewery. Had to pour them all out.
2004 bottle - Pours jet black, very little brown head ring. Aromas of bitter coffee, brandy, and chocolate malts. If there were hops, they are gone now. Heavy bodied as expected, a great bottle to share. Finishes on the hot side even after aging.
jennajlover (107) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
ABSOLUTLY UNBELIEVABLEPoured blackish brown, opaque, with a rocky, full, caramel head.Alcohol-steeped chocolate coated coffee beans in the nose.Chewy, rich and complex.Aromatics finish with dark fruits, vanilla, hazelnut, and a vineosity peering through.Full bodied and creamy, thickish on the pallet.Rum spiked chocolate cake batter with cocoa dust and espresso.Warming and juicy under the thick, full carpet of darkness.Finishes long with hints of Kahlua, Amaretto, and port.PERFECT BEER IN MY OPINION
rajendra82 (932) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another one of the beers I recently picked up at Hi-Time Wine in Costa Mesa, and curiously one of several Imperial Stouts with coffee I seem to have run into lately. Out of the green 750 ml. bomber, and into the goblet, the beer came out deep reddish black with a one finger thick light brown head. The body was opaque when held up to the light with some brown highlights at the extreme edge. Aroma was chocolate malt and leafy hops mingling together. The first taste was about as intense as I have ever had in a beer. The acrid roastiness of the malts provided the backbone of the flavor profile, while the green bitterness and acidity of the hop oils provided the muscular heft. Together they had quite a tug of war on my tongue. I believe the hops won out in the end. They claim to have poured in pounds and pounds of coffee beans in the brew, but the other flavors were so strong, the coffee was barely detectable as a distinct taste. There was a lingering note of chocolate in the aftertaste. The body was thick and smooth, providing an excellent feel on the palette, which was spoiled only a little by the peppery spiciness of the alcohol. The strength was well covered by the abundance of the flavor while the beer was in the mouth, but since there are no taste buds in the stomach, the warmth spreading to the extremities from there was dead giveaway. This is a beer best suited for a nightcap duty, although the large bomber size gets in the way of that a bit. I would love to see what some age can bring out, as at this fresh stage the hops dominated everything else. Maybe I can get my hands on some more to set it aside for a while.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #1000 from my esteemed colleague, Kevin. Pour is opaque as expected with a very thin ring of bubbles. Nose is much better than I was anticipating-medium coffee, green apple, sweet malty roastiness. As it warms alcohol and toffee come out. Quite nice. Maybe one of the best beers that I have ever smelled. Taste-medium creamed coffee, lighter on the roast and smoke than I was anticipating. Chocolate powder, CO2, slight tobacco, subtle vanilla, and a light hop character. What makes this beer world class is not its flavors-it is the fact that there is so much flavor without being overboard and without any of the flavors stepping on each other. Truly a reflection on the skills of its creator.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 My 100 Thanks to the ratebeerians for suggesting this for my first RB milestone. 100 thanks to zug4abby for the bottle, as well as my first trade Aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Pours black with brown head, with good lacing. The coffee flavor is there, but not overdone. I really enjoyed the changes to the palate as it creeped toward room temp. Finish is dry, roasty, and bitter. Not cloying at all. Probably the most complex imperial stout I have had to date (there is some competition in the queue). I am glad I waited for this one. This is not a beer for the immature palate. Great beer worthy of the hype. SEND SOME MORE ABBY
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A pitch black pour, no sunshine through this. Nice brown head that leaves great lacing. Talk about a wide awake drunk. Like a beer with that coffee?
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big black beer with some nice tan lacing. A tire burning aroma of sweet t barley and coffee . A smooth and slightly bitter flavor, not too intense which makes it very drinkable. It ends with a dry and soothing finnish. I think the alcohol can be a liitle too overbearing. Still a beer that lives up to its reputation.
flemdawg (522) - Naples, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
An older rating from notes. Black as nite with a decent brown head and great lacing. Tons of roasted coffee in the aroma along with toffee, caramel and just a touch of chocolate. The taste brought more coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, and molasses Very thick and full in the mouth.