b33r (699) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color with medium, diminishing light brown head with little lacing. Aroma and flavor strong of typical roasty and caramel notes. Strong hop flavor also, and the alcohol was fairly evident. It reminded me of Expedition, but not as strong of flavor and a bit easier to drink.
Honestly, this didnít blow me away, or differentiate itself from most of the other decent imperial stouts out there.
Iíd like to re-rate some time, but I really donít want to spend $13 on another bottle.
I think people are intimidated by the high rating and feel insecure about rating it anything less than a 4. Maybe Iíll start the trend away from rating every IS a 4.5
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 I love living where you can walk into a market down the street and pick a beauty like this one. Pours nicely almost black with a brown head. You cant miss the coffee and chocolate. I shared this 750 ml bottle with two friends and was told I need to pick up another bottle and drink the entire bottle, sound like a plan.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours pitch black with a nice brown head that fades fast but leaves a thin layer that lasts. Aroma of cream and coffee and some malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is quite thick and creamy with a good amount of malty sweetness but a big bitter coffee and hidden hops. Extremely rich and heavy brew, leaves lingering chocolate and coffee flavor on the tongue. Definitely a beer that you cant drink too much of in one sitting though. Split the 22oz bottle.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 Canít say much here that hasnít already been said. Nice and smooth, couldnít taste any alcohol. Incredible roasty flavor. One of the best stouts I have ever had.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to moejuck for the bottle. Pours deep brown with a nearly large head. Spare lacing. Strong aroma of coffee beats the glass to my nose. Also dark roasted malts, chocolate and grass hops.
Flavor was espresso, first and foremost, with a bit of hops, chocolate and liquorice to round things out. Alcohol is well covered, just a bit of warmth. Flavor is moderately sweet and slightly bitter. Full body. Absolutely fine.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark with a thick brown head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and rich in alcohol. Taste is not overpowering and the alcohol is masked rather well. A pretty good stout coming from a man that doesnít care for them much.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Trade from Nolankowal, thanks John! Pours a thick black color with big dark brown frothy head. Aroma is highly aggressive with molasses, caramel, extreme loads of malt, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Taste is coffee, caramel, roasted malt, molasses. Itís enough sugary sweet to be interesting but not over the top. The alcohol is well hidden and wonderfully melded into this extreme brew. Awesome.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, pours a thicker black with a huge dark tan foamy head that seems to not want to go away; moderate lacing. Aroma of coffee/espresso and roasted malts. Flavor is extra smooth and creamy, with coffee, molasses and a bit of chocolate and caramel. Warm and toasty, sweet and bitter, but in just the right amounts. This stuff is amazing!
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750mL bottle, black foil & paper label. Poured the deepest shade of brown youíre going to find with a dusting and rather loose ring of caramel headage. The aroma was of depp, dark malts including a hefty dose of very good roasted coffee... molassess, vanilla, and some woody/herbal notes accompany... just brilliant!
This hits the mouth with an explosive blast of creamy, deeply-roasted coffee and molasses.. burned black malts enter the fray as it approaches the middle of the mouth... moderate sweetness perfetctly aligned with coffee bitterness and alcohol warmth ride through the finish... a touch of sourness accents nicely. Thick, creamy middle with coffee and some woody bitterness coating the edges.. graceful, yet assertive warm departure from the mouth. This deserves its place among the upper echelon of stouts!
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The color was deep/black chocolate. There was no light penetration. The head was dark tan, thin, and laced the glass well. The aroma was molasses, roasty, coffee, sweet malt, and alcohol. The flavor was dark, roasted coffee, alcohol, and molasses. The palate was smooth, but not as thick-bodied as I expected it to be. The finish was warm and roasty. I liked this beer a lot, I just expected it to be better than it was.