sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2006 Bottle: Black pour with a big thick dark tan head. Aroma was roasty coffee, some chocolate, and a little bit of alcohol. Flavor, coffee, chocolate, maybe a little nutty, with some nice bitterness in there. The finish had asome warming, nice thick mouthfeel, a little on the sweet side. Just a great beer.
Rerate: had a 2003 vintage bottle, it was incredible. So rich and chocolaty, with that great Speedway coffee flavor.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black with amber edges and a tan head. The aroma is coffee toffee, a hint of chocolate, some alcohol, and maybe even some Irish-creme liqueur. The flavor is full of fresh coffee and bitter chocolate. The hops are subtle and some caramel comes in near the end. Malty finish with wood and dark fruits and an earthy espresso aftertaste. This is very smooth and surprisingly balanced. Delicious. I wish I had more.
NachlamSie (2723) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 bottle. Iíve been waiting for this one. It pours black as pitch with a lasting dark tan head. Swirling the snifter reveals lacing like a motherfucker. The aroma is huge of espresso & cream, a little wood. It makes my mouth water. God, this is so damned delicious. Itís nothing truly unique for an imperial stout, just the perfect balance and level of all the expected notes. Thereís strong coffee, dense chocoalte, oak, walnuts, and more which pummel the palate in a drying, coating fashion. This beer is HUGE!
750 ml. Pours absolutely black. I’m shining a flashlight directly into the goblet and getting no light penetration here. Really thick lacing, a small tan head, and dense cascades are all noticed from a firm swirl. The aroma is pretty sharp, almost vinegary at first, but minutes pass and everything becomes more rounded and even. Now, I get very assertive coffee beans on top of espresso, mocha, nut shells, brownies, and hickory. I thought I had overrated this one in my younger years. But a sip makes me a bit more sure of myself. Genuine coffee character is honestly not the stand out flavor on this one, it kind of pokes out in the finish amid a wash of dry suggestions of espresso. Earth, dark chocolate are noted and the finish is especially dry. Wow, 12%? I cannot detect that. Some hints of smoke, miscellaneous roast, and milk are found. The palate is heavy, sure, but not as chewy as Ten Fidy for instance. This is damned good.
railcat1 (685) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
WOW what a great beer.coffee and chocolate finish with great taste.took to a pro stock car race at illiana speedway in indiana and it was the perfect beer to drink at track .i have 2 more and will enjoy what a treat
Damian (5) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2006 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2006 The first thing I noticed was the amazing tan head. Coffee smell and taste is quite obvious. Alcohol is present but well masked by intense flavors. Hints of chocolate and soy sauce present. Unlike most strong stouts, this beer is quite sweet and goes down relatively easily, despite its thickness.
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Unbelievable. The finest stout I have ever had, unquestionably. Poured jet black and thick - like used Valvoline. It was so black and thick on the pour that the head appeared almost red. The smell was what you would think of with a great stout but the taste so much more. Wow - a lot of action. Really thick, really creamy. Itís not just a chocolate taste - itís like a good dark chocolate taste. I canít say enough good things about this beer. You have to try it.
jhanauer (6) - USA - JUN 22, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2006 Can I find this beer in a bigger bottle? The smell did not do justice to the taste. Thick and complex. This stout is full and wonderful. Very light carbonation but worth getting to the end where the alchohol takes its toll. Enjoy the whole experience of this beer - buying a HUGE bottle, drinking a HUGE bottle. I pray you all recycle.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle. Aroma: Big aroma of chocolate, coffee, malt, and alcohol. Lots of alcohol in the nose. I also picked up some hints of smoke, leather, and prunes. Appearance: Very, very black. Small light tan head didnít stick around long. Some nice lacing. Flavor: Coffee! From the slightly sour/acidic taste of lightly roasted beans to the full roasty flavor of dark roasted beans. Roasted malt, caramel, and cherry flavors also very prevalent. Alcohol kicks in towards the finish. Palate: Full bodied. Beer almost coats the mouth with its fullness. Light carbonation. Alcohol warming very noticeable on roof of mouth and back of tongue. Overall: A huge beer that was very enjoyable. A year might make this beer even better than it is now.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2006 Bottle... rerate, brought it back to NYC despite delayed flights, rain, snow, hail,sleet, ok,not all of that, but I wanted to drink it in the airport. Dark pour, nice beige head and great lacing,amazing retention. Toasty, roasted, coffee aroma with hints of bittersweet chocolate,hoppy, sweet, so balanced. Taste is super balanced with a sweet coffee and molasses bite. Mouthfeel is nice and velvetly with stout appropriate carbonation. An amazing beer. One of my all time favorites, and arguably the beer that got me into beer. Wow.
I had this beer on tap at the brewery a couple days ago: amazing... Much more coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Hugely velvety. On tap Iíd give this a 4.6 (at least), and I hate anyone who can get their hands on the barrel aged version of this.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 Now I know what all of the hoopla is with this beer. Very very good. Rich roasted coffee aroma. Pours almost black with a tan head. Simply awesome.