MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Thanks goes to MI2CA for this bottle. And Happy Birthday to me! :-D
Blacker than black and a cream coloured head. Aroma is BIG! Full of chocolate, hops and vanilla. Thick and intense body with plenty of dark roasted coffee and chocolate. Rich in licorice towards the finish. Plentyful of all things expected in an American high rated imperial stout. A bit of alcohol comes through when warmed up a bit but this vineous character, even though it is prominent, never dominates in any way, just warming. Finish is quite bitter for this kind of beer and has a grainy palate to it. Speedway is an appropriate name for this brew as it gives me an image of a such track with motor oil, fumes, noise and power. Itís a biggie. Can someone send me some more?
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I opened this bomber with the intent on getting sleepy, forgetting that this beer was coffee-based. However, overpowering alcohol is sufficient enough to soothe and grog my mind (although I expect my dreams will be quite vivid). A thick and viscous black pour with a reverse cascade produces a slow-settling, oily tan head. Sweet coffee aroma with sawdust and almost-burnt chocolate cupcakes. Flavor finds unbridled potency above chocolate and coffee roasts. Smooth and syrupy, this goes down way too easy for the amount of alcohol within. F*ck the hype, this is legendary.
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Zeswaft (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2006 Big thanks to sersdf for sharing this with me for as my birthday present. I tried to sniff this for about 2 minutes trying to get some aroma from it but not nothing. I kind of detected dark fruits and alcohol. It was remarkably light in body for an imperial stout. Coffee flavors dominate and some licorice. Of course it is well balanced like no other and as smooth as hell. However, I thought this fell way short of the hype. It was good but Iíve definitely had better imperial stouts. RERATE: Had this on tap at the brewery and it is way better. Thicker texture and way more flavorful. Tons of coffee.
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2006 motor oil appearance, delayed head. pretty. not too strong an aroma. initially very hoppy taste. smooth, surprisingly light bodied. balanced as hell. zero alcohol flavor. clearly a very high quality beer, but somewhat of a letdown since nothing really stands out. not better than darklord. RERATE: had on tap at brewery.... dificult position now. twice the bottle was so-so, but the draft sample was simply extraordinary. 5 worthy. it was more coffee, massive balance, no alcohol and just extremely tasty. so iíll just raise my rating halfway.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught from brewery, poured jet black with thick, creamy brown head. Coffee is the leading descriptor here, with good roast and chocolate flavors one would expect from a stout. Very full-bodied and creamy but sweet, has a good bitterness level to help dry out the beers finish. Alcohol is very apparent does does not distract from from taste, just gives a nice warming sensation. This is definately the best of Alesithís products.
FoolishMortal (989) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle. Opaque black withj a thin film of dark tan head. Alcohol, raisins, earthy coffee roastiness in the aroma. Thicky syrupy chocolate with a deep subtle roastiness. Some coffee astringency and residual sweetness in the finish. Some alcohol heat. Mouthfeel is heavy, chewy.
ABUSEDGOAT (2322) - California, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2006 Iíve had quite a few of these, and I feel that my rating has to change. Initially I was very excited to try this, but now I have lost most interest. Black pour with a very large head, good lacing. Aroma is strong with coffee, and all the dark stuff. Chocolate, caramel, licorice, roast, dark fruits, itís all here. Donít forget some alcohol heat. Despite how well this is made, I just donít find it that fascinating. Itís big. Itís balanced. That alone is quite an accomplishment. But the flavors just donít work for me. I bet the BA one is amazing though.
patrick767 (3524) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle - Pours jet black with a dark, moderately sized head that really hangs around, leaving nice lacing. The aroma is of heavily roasted malts and coffee. The flavor is of course primarily the roasted malt and coffee, but is quite complex as well. The palate is huge and the 12% alcohol well masked and very warming. Then thereís a smooth, lingering finish. This brew is altogether excellent. I can see why itís so highly rated. Certainly the Russian Imperial Stout style is highly regarded in general, but more importantly this is an exsquisite example of the style. Get it and enjoy.
Ratman197 (9454) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a nearly opaque black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, vanilla, coffee and a hint of licorice. Palate was full bodied and dry. Flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate and vanilla with a dry bittersweet finish.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This certainly is a thing of beauty. I canít wait to get my little mitts on more. Sample at the 4th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Beer pours a nearly opaque, very dark brown color with a huge, creamy, tan, mostly lasting head. The aroma is lushcious: malty with heavy, yet individually discernable notes of roasted grain, caramel, molasses, coffee and chocolate; trace of herbal hop and resin/pine; light yeast note of cellar; miscellaneous notes included moderate vanilla, light tobacco, butterscotch, oak and candy sugar. The flavor is plush: heavily sweet, moderately bitter with a long, moderately bittersweet finish with tons of genuine coffee aromas taking a last bow in the retros. The body was luxurious: medium-to-full, the texture was velvety and the carbonation was lively. There was a light, warm alcoholic feeling in the finish.