fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve waited a long time to try this beer because Iíve heard some great things about it. It pours a ominous black with no light penetration through the body that leaves a dark tan head that is frothy but disappears quickly. The aroma is chocolate, malted milk, light coffee, reminds me of the smell when I use to walk by this chocolate factory in Cambridge, MA. The taste is top-notch starts sweet like melted chocolate, then moves to a vanilla rich coffee bean bitterness, airy and light is the feel on the palate low in carbonation. The chocolate/coffee feel is prominate and delicious roasted beans deliciousness abound. This is truely a top 5 stout.
PhiloPsych (15) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Roasty, toasty wonderfulness--this beer is fantastic! I love stouts; if you like stouts at all, you have to try this one sometime. The strong alcohol is hidden so well, and the beer tastes so good, it will be hard to avoid drinking too much. What a treat! I wonít bother to try to describe this beer in detail--just try it, youíll love it.
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Kook! I like Stouts and especially Imperial Stouts. Black body with a light tan head. Chocolate, coffee and alcohol on the nose. Easy drinking for a 12% beer, coffee and chocolate mainly but also some rough tar notes. Delightful!
DuffLover (94) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From an expensive ($12) 750ml. Delightfully sweet aroma with coffee and some chocolate. Pours dark brown / black with a thick tan head. Flavor is strong with coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. High alcohol content is well masked. Decently smooth and very thick palate. An excellent imperial stout, but Stoneís Russian Imperial has a definite edge over this.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is of chocolate,roasted malts and coffee.Pours dark black with a big tan head.Chocolate and coffee stand out in the flavors.Mouthfeel is full with some chocolate and a slight alcohol finish.Very solid brew.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark dark brown to black with a thin average density dark tan head. The nose is mild at first sniff, though some agitation brings out full rich creamy chocolate flavors to go with the obvious lightly roasted coffee, gentle floral hops, and slightest hint of alcohol. I really canít believe how nice this feels in my mouth. I think I would prefer this to be a bit thicker, but the velvety smooth consistency is just so amazing that I canít help but give this a five. Nicely subdued carbonation. The flavor on this is really outstanding as well. Big sweet creamy chocolate is cut by surprisingly ample floral to almost piney hops, dry roastiness and an obvious kick of alcohol. The finish is creamy, with some alcohol and hops. The aftertaste is this nice light charcoal with the alcohol warming and again, hops, and then later still, some coffee (where itís actually the most evident!) and chocolate. I donít normally like to mix those chocolate flavors with hops, but this beer really blends the two well, perhaps by splitting out the times when the flavors come in a bit. A real treat, but my only bottle!
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one is good, its black with a thick dark brown (creamy looking) head. It somes nice, chocolate and roasty. The alcohol starts to dominate in the flavor though, but there still is big roast, chocolate, malt, and sweetness (almost fruity, but not quite). The palate is super thick and creamy, its like a smooth milkshake.
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a foamy brown-mocha head and sparse lacing. Milky roast aroma - really effing titillating. Coffee beans, chocolate, yeasty chalk. Palatable to no end. Warming alcohol that is not quite heavy but just slightly noticeable. Very roasty, thick and almost syrupy. Some earthy bitterness is left lingering on the lips. Really, this is very good.
Big thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing this nice treat.
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - NOV 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 This is one fantastic imperial stout. Dark, aromatic and an incredible flavor loaded with coffee and caramel and other goodies. Never pass this one up if you get the chance!
alexanderj (3332) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very black, syrup qualities. Very nice appearance. Rich brown head. Aroma of subdued coffee and dark chocolate. Somewhat sour. Great on the palate; very smooth. Taste of chocolate, toffee, coffee, molasses, licorice. Sweet and sour. Alcohol not too strong. Agree that the beer is huge though. Very good.