bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2008 Bottle share with cmr1517. Pours a dark, creamy black with a big, rocky tan head. Strong coffee, malt, dark cherries, and chocolate throughout in the aroma. The initial taste on this didnít blow me away like I was expecting. A very dry dominant coffee flavor was overpowering initially. After a few more drinks though, this thing really opened up. It still was a little too dry, but I got a huge blast of chocolate, malt and a nice alcohol burn that wasnít too strong to drown out the rest of the flavors. Nice stout, but wasnít as wowed as I was expecting.
Re-rate: Much better than last time I had this...everything seems to be much more balanced and thicker in the mouth. The flavors are all still present, but the coffee notes have really come around to the forefront. Ridiculously good this time and I canít wait to get another bottle. Scores reflect the re-rate.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 2004 vintage, sampled 6/1/07. Dark brown body, almost no head, coffee, chocolate, anise in the nose. No carbonation to speak of. Liqueur-like, reminds me of Sam Adams Triple Bock but better, some woodiness, some espresso, some chocolate, nice but overrated. Thanks Kyle. RERATE: Fresh bottle. Fully carbonated, much better than the old bottle. Enormous dark tan shaving cream head, espresso aroma, great mouthfeel, nice flavors. Previous rating 7 3 7 4 15 3.6.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle: pours a dark black with a very large foamy brown head. aroma of dark raosted coffee and chocolate, a touch of licorice, dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. flavour is strong and bitter coffee, with wonderful roasted chocolate which gives it a bitter dry finish. the palate is wonderful and the alchol just comes thru enough. thanks odeed.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
draft- tan head, bitch black in appearance. At first, the flavor is almost overwhelming. I suggest letting this warm a bit. First taste was that stouty sour burst, followed closely by hints of coffee and chocolate. A minute later, those flavors exploded. A great beer. Purchased a 2004 bottle at the brewery after sampling the 2007 draft version. Canít wait to crack it.
lagomswedish (213) - UmeŚ, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer number 150 had to be a bit special, so I took a traded bottle of this beauty down with me to France to share with my father on his birthday. Felt like it was my birthday too when we opened the bottle - those familiar smells of sweet milk chocolate and coffee flooded the room. The first sip revealed a surpisingly sweet chocolate kick, with butter and burnt brown sugar and charchol in there too. Also a hint of honeycomb (as though a bit of Crunchie Bar had been melted down and poured in). A hugely impressive stout, with a deliciously decadent dark brown body and sticky toffee-coloured lacing. The only negative for me is that itís a little too sweet in places.
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle...Smells like roasted malts, coffee, and alcohol... tastes the same with lots of coffee flavor. Very bitter. A little too much on the carbonation, alcohol not hidden too well. To be honest, Iím a bit disappointed with this one... Iíve had better imperial stouts. Might improve with aging: good but overrated.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle with silver foil. Donít know the date on this one. Pours black with a big brown head that leaves foamy lace. Aroma is very roasty with some coffee and chocolate. Taste is smooth, a little bit silky in the mouth but not incredibly full bodied with a flavor of coffee and bitter chocolate. Reminds me of the Storm King. This is tasty, no doubt, but I was expecting to be blown away and wasnít. I think Dark Lord exceeds this by a substantial amount. Still, this is very, very good and among the best imperials Iíve had.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2008 750ml....appearance: medium thickness, deep, dark, and impenetrable black. toasty-brown head.....aroma: lots of roast, coffee and malt in the nose.....taste: great balance of roasted coffee, malts, chocolate. leaves a bitter roast aftertaste that intermingles with a nice degree of sweetness. mouthfeel isn’t heavy at all. semi-creamy actually....i can see why this is held in a very high regard. now someone get me a taste of the barrel-aged version.
9/20/08 not as enjoyable as in the past. too roasty and the carbonation is just a tad too high
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2009 I know iíve had this before, guess i never rated it the first time. I think this one came from Solan! Coffee and chocolate and roasted barley dominate the nose, with hints at spices. Pours black as night! Coffee big time, a lot of chocolate and roasted barley, and a good hop presence. Always great!
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2007 Black in color, thick rocky dark tan head that settled in the glass cleanly (no lacing). Dark roast aromas mix with clean slightly minty hoppiness. Slight alcohol present, but complimentary. Thick, creamy palate. The coffee really shows up in the taste. Dark coffee notes start, with roasted malt in the middle, and a helping of hop in the finish. A great beer because it masterfully balances between the roast, coffee, and hop elements, and while strong, the palate isnít overbearing. This rating reflects a bottle with about a year on it. Iíve had a fresh bottle and it really needs some time.