DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle...Smells like roasted malts, coffee, and alcohol... tastes the same with lots of coffee flavor. Very bitter. A little too much on the carbonation, alcohol not hidden too well. To be honest, I’m a bit disappointed with this one... I’ve had better imperial stouts. Might improve with aging: good but overrated.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle with silver foil. Don’t know the date on this one. Pours black with a big brown head that leaves foamy lace. Aroma is very roasty with some coffee and chocolate. Taste is smooth, a little bit silky in the mouth but not incredibly full bodied with a flavor of coffee and bitter chocolate. Reminds me of the Storm King. This is tasty, no doubt, but I was expecting to be blown away and wasn’t. I think Dark Lord exceeds this by a substantial amount. Still, this is very, very good and among the best imperials I’ve had.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2008 750ml....appearance: medium thickness, deep, dark, and impenetrable black. toasty-brown head.....aroma: lots of roast, coffee and malt in the nose.....taste: great balance of roasted coffee, malts, chocolate. leaves a bitter roast aftertaste that intermingles with a nice degree of sweetness. mouthfeel isn’t heavy at all. semi-creamy actually....i can see why this is held in a very high regard. now someone get me a taste of the barrel-aged version.
9/20/08 not as enjoyable as in the past. too roasty and the carbonation is just a tad too high
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2009 I know i’ve had this before, guess i never rated it the first time. I think this one came from Solan! Coffee and chocolate and roasted barley dominate the nose, with hints at spices. Pours black as night! Coffee big time, a lot of chocolate and roasted barley, and a good hop presence. Always great!
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2007 Black in color, thick rocky dark tan head that settled in the glass cleanly (no lacing). Dark roast aromas mix with clean slightly minty hoppiness. Slight alcohol present, but complimentary. Thick, creamy palate. The coffee really shows up in the taste. Dark coffee notes start, with roasted malt in the middle, and a helping of hop in the finish. A great beer because it masterfully balances between the roast, coffee, and hop elements, and while strong, the palate isn’t overbearing. This rating reflects a bottle with about a year on it. I’ve had a fresh bottle and it really needs some time.
thornecb (4663) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aged 1 year. Pours jet black into a snifter. Fluffy mocha, shiny pancake head with excellent retention. Espresso, dark chocolate and sharp alcohol aromas. Creamy, smooth dark chocolate and espresso. Lasting espresso and caramel alcohol sting.
drewbeerme (3886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2009 5/17/07, 750ml, 2005 vintage, cellar aged approx. 24months. pours pitch black with tan creamy head. nose is exploding with dark chocolate, fresh dark roasted coffee, caramel, roasted nuts, and some juicy hops still barely present. flavor has lucious dark chocolate combined with robust dark coffee, caramalized nuts, cookie, and brown sugar. alcohol warms but doesn’t bit. mouthfeel is silky but a tad thin. palate is long and chocolatey. carbination is real low. at 24months this seems to have mellowed but the flavor has blended together seemlessly....as i enter into the 18oz point of this beer i’m reminded why i’ve never fallen in love with speedway. it becomes rather astringent with over ripe dark fruits and really leaves something to desire. a good coffee imperial stout but after several bottles at different ages i’m still waiting for this beer to blow me away.4.1.
5/27/07, another sample from a bottle probably 9months old thanks holdenn.. i found the coffee roast and hops to be a bit harsh. all right, i’m just not going to be the biggest fan of this beer, i’ll find a way to live with that. 8/5/7/4/15=3.9.
11/20/07, 05 vintage aged almost 3 years. pours dark brown, low carbonation, pretty thin. this lost a lot of coffee notes. stll some silky chocolate, nuts, and coffee coming together pretty well. i can’t say this has improved much with age but it holds up nicely. a solid imperial stout but over rated imo..3.9.
10/12/08, 750ml bottle, ’07, thanks to holdenn for sharing, i haven’t had this brew for a while and just realized that when Matt said he brought one along camping. Cool! wonderful brew again, everything is balanced and really tasty, not huge in coffee, roast, hops, or a syrupy body but mellow and to perfection. excellent. 4.0.
4/15/09, 750ml bottle. 2009 vintage, this is the first batch after AleSmith changed their coffee and/or started roasting and brewing the coffee onsite. pours black with very small tan head. nose of vanilla, hazelnut, maple, chocolate syrup. flavors are sweet maple syrup and chocolate, hazelnut, and vanilla. this really doesn’t have more coffee flavor but a more complex one and seems slightly sweeter to me. this tastes quite a bit different than previous batches and it tastes awesome. very drinkable beer, sliky, clean, and smooth finish. 4.1.
Viper666 (2787) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bouteille, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur noire brune et opaque. Nez de malt rôti, de café noir, de chocolat noir, moyen de mélasse, léger de caramel toffee (faibles notes terreuses), de houblon herbeux (notes florales) et d’alcool ainsi que des notes fruitées (prunes, traces de raisins vineux) de vanille et boisées. Ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture riche, crémeuse et aux petites notes liquoreuses. Goût légèrement fruité (prunes, notes de raisins) aux notes boisées avec un léger goût de vanille et de faibles notes de crème et de réglisse noire lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût amer de malt rôti (légèrement brûlé), de café espresso intense, de chocolat noir et moyen de mélasse ainsi qu’un léger goût de caramel toffee parallèlement à un goût d’alcool moyen légèrement réchauffant puis en finale l’on assiste à un léger regain d’amertume grâce à la présence de houblon herbeux et de café noir accompagné de faibles notes de noix. Post-goût très long, amer de café, de malt rôti et brûlé, de chocolat noir d’alcool moyen et de houblon herbeux avec un léger goût fruité (moût de prunes).
IEBAILI (126) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2007 This is a massive beer, actually posessing the body and mouthfeel that most stouts brag about on their labels. Smells slightly sweet, very roasty, chocolate and coffee. Black, with tan head. Caramel, oak flavors, even though this is not the barrel aged, lots of coffee, alcohol is present but not distracting from the other flavors. Rich, bittersweet, with a long finish like very good espresso, without the thin sour taste of mediocre espresso. Everything an Imperial stout should be. The only potential criticism is that some people will find the coffee too strong. I’m not one of them. Thank you AleSmith.
doublebock (518) - California, USA - MAY 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick crema like head, aroma is not very apparent. Palate is extraordinarily smooth. 12%? where did it go? Alcohol is very well masked. Complex flavors. Some nice hoppy bitterness with coffee coming in at the end at the end. Not sure if this ranks as #11 in the world but solid.