ABUSEDGOAT (2336) - 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 (3536) - 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 (9542) - 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.
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Why not a perfect score? Because I have to leave room for AleSmith to improve; it keeps them on their toes. Thereís a reason AleSmith has been the number one brewery in the WORLD two years running. This beer personifies that reason. I canít wait to get home and try a larger portion from the bottle I bought at the brewery.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Saved this one for an occasion - Opening Day! Oh my, this is good. Not an overpowering, bold greeting, but a subtle, complex introduction. Pours a light black with a huge brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and caramelly roasted malts. Flavor is wonderful and complex. Chocolate and coffee dominate, but thereís so much else in there - sweet caramel maltiness, some bitter hoppiness, and a nice alcohol presence. Palate is thick, but not cloying or syrupy. A delightful beer.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: very imperial... sweet, effervescent, almost champagne-like aroma. Flavor has chocolate, roastiness, and tuchus-loads of coffee. Perfectly balanced with hop bitterness. You can hardly taste the alcohol, but certainly feel it. A tremendous beer.
mybrainhurts (352) - North Dakota, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another cherished bottle opened. Aroma of strong espresso, unsweetened chocolate, and slightly smokey. Very roasty indeed. Full, rich mouthfeel. Strong coffee, bitter chocolate, and peppery alcohol. I think the high alcohol content works against this brew and makes for a harsh finish. This is a potent brew, certainly not for the faint at heart. I like this one but itís a bit rough. Oddly, not one of my favorites from this brewer. Still Ale Smith owns.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
75 cl bottle. Yeast at the bottom. Black colour with a nice small head. Amazing aroma of complex coffee and roastedness with hints of hops and chocolate. Really great flavour of roastedness, coffee, chocolate mix in a fantastic way. Ends up warming from the high alcohol. JUST GREAT !
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2006 On Tap @ Liars Club. Wonderful, dark, robust color. Itís everything you would think a sturdy stout would be, and more. Flavors of coffee, spice & hop are present throughout. This beer is not for the weak. It packs an alcohol punch and there is a slight burn on the way down.