Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 In short: A huge roasted coffee stout. Simple, unrefined, intense, excellent.
How: Bottle 750ml. Many times, this re-rate for a 1+ year old bottle
The look: Black body with a medium tan head.
In long: Nose is moderately roasted and with a moderate roasted coffee beans presence. Less coffee than one could expect. A fantastic mouthfeel, this is a big big big beer that manages to avoid being syrupy. Taste is intense. Medium-high roastiness level, black coffee and roasted coffee beans, a light chocolate presence. Almost no fruity notes. Almost no alcohol presence whatsoever. A nice bitterness in the finish that comes from the roastiness and not from the hops (hops that are unnoticeable btw). Driveways, not Speedways, should be associated with drinking this monster of a stout.
kramer (5105) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
25 oz bottle, 2003 vintage, via kujo9. Pours a completely pitch black colored body under a creamy fine bubbled chocolate brown head. Very good retention with some spotty lacing. Aroma is thick and intense. Tons of roasted malt and coffee, some alcohol, dark fruits, chalk, and bitter chocolate. Flavor is equal parts roast, chocolate and coffee up front. Finishes with heavy coffee, burnt malt, and warming alcohol. Extremely robust all around. Long lingering burnt and roasted malt, moderately bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thick, full bodied, and oily in texture. Carbonation is almost perfect, very soft and fine. All around, very good. Only thing I didnít care for was that the alcohol is a little overbearing, especially on the finish. A top 5 Imperial Stout for me, but with the age on this, I have to give the nod to Expedition at the 3 year mark.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2007 Saved this for a couple months for rating #250....750 ml bottle via Liquid Solutions. Pours a midnight black with a large tan head. Nose has notes of licorice, chocolate and espresso. Taste is the same with a bit of hoppiness in the finish. Body is surpisingly only medium. Mouthfeel is silky, not chewy as i expected. Very very drinkable, scarinly so considering it is 13% abv....alcohol is very well hidden under the roasted chocolate/espresso flavor. A superb and very unique Imp Stout.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to grassrootsvt for sharing this bottle...
Appears a pitch black with a dark tan head that slowly fades out. Plenty rings of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is roasty, with caramel, coffee, cocoa, and vanilla.
Taste is of the same aromas maybe toned down slightly in a nicely contained mix that is addictive.
Mouthfeel is sweet, full bodied, with coffee bitterness and sugary complexities.
I really enjoyed this. The only problem was that the 12% abv was well noticable, which makes this more of a sipper.
Bartzilla (551) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What more can I say that hasnít already been noted? This is the shit. Not so much something youíre going to go out and get hammered on (but if you choose to do so, you most definitely will, in super fashion), but more of something you want to sit around and sit while watching Bumfights. Itís easy to laugh at people drinking swill and getting pounded in the head when youíre sitting at home, sipping a Speedway and plotting your next move towards world domination. Delicious. Deserving. Fulfilling.
Anathama (2) - California, USA - OCT 4, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good dark strong beer, Deep deep brown. I was expecting it to be a bit thicker and richer. The coffee flavor was definetly present and added a kick, contributing to a rather bitter aftertaste. The guys at the Beer tasting booth at the LA county fair assured me that this would whoop all kinds of ass over my favorite beer: Stoneís Imperial Russian stout. They were wrong, at least in my opinion.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 I am lucky enough to live in the So. Cal region where I have plenty of stores that stock this great beer. I have gone through at least 6 bottles of this since first tasting it a couple of years ago.
It pours black. The head is dark. Light will not pass through the beer. Delicious!
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 55F Snifter. Very rich dark aromas, very rich coffe smell, with medium hops. Pours very dark,very black, with a long lasting dark brown head. A ring of foam lasted the entire time. Huge stout flavors, tons of coffe, and roasted malts, tons of alcohol, medium hops flavors, the malts definately dominated the hop profiles. A nice thick palate, with great carbonation, this was quite heavy on the palate and this brew requires sipping. Very big and very stout. A monster of a brew. Thanks ACertain.
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 Bottle at RBSG Grand Tasting, July 2006. Same session as, but unfortunately not alongside, the barrel aged version. Pitch black. Massive coffee aroma. Big and chewy. Bold and brassy. Chocolate on the palate, but still dominated by coffee. A bit toned down in the barrel-aged version, which Iím not convinced is a plus. Fair amount of hoppy bitterness to prevent it getting too one-dimensional. Obviously alcoholic. Very impressive. I marginally prefer the normal version to the barrel aged; the brashness of this beer is what I like about it.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with realale420. Thanks Brian. I have saving this for my 100th rating. Pours a pitch black color with a thick tan head. Leaves behind a nice thick lacing of little bubbles. Aroma of STRONG coffee and toffee as well. Taste of coffee, dark chocolate and liquorice. Finishes smooth but leaves a slight burnt hop aftertaste. A very nice stout with plenty of kick.