ALLOVATE (2503) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quick thankyou to Kook for lobbing this one back from the U.S., amongst others. Served up at backyard patio temperature at a small tasting here in Perth.
Strange name, serious stuff. This was a nice drop I must admit. It pours a deep engine oil brown with a perplexing, big moulded tan head that receded little and laced mercilessly down the glass. Thick, dry and tight aroma of fresh cracked Arabica beans, bitter, dusted chocolate, tar and singed cow-hide and just a little evidence of that ABV. Not complex, but this just worked on the nose and left its mark inside the mouth. Smoooooth, medium to medium light body, nothing big. I fear the alcohol ate the body. Lovely depth of raw Stout emotions showing some molasses, tar and leather, big licks of liquorice and cocoa, a subtle edge of smoke and just a little French dark chocolate on the bitter scale. Long and lustrous, velvety swallow just heaves all that is tasted for oh-so long. A light warmth in back, so subdued for a beer of this calibre. Gets better with each sip. This is, somehow begrudgingly, good enough to eat. It wouldnít win on complexity, but it is a bloody good stout. (75cL, cork stoppered, date unknown)
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 Silver foil. Wow. An aroma I was not expecting but am still totally blow away by. Itís a cascading, savory rich conglomoration of charred meats, mole and fresh ground Blue Mountain beans. Itís lucious and sweet, with fresh bright coffee notes and longing draws of pipe tobacco. A little restrained, but elegant dark and inviting. Pour is oil black, with a ruby corner and a froth of deep brown cream and chocolate ganache. Flavor is ridiculous. Rarely does that sweet cream texture combined with such a compacted, depth and body. Itís sweet, bright, salty, chocolate, roasty and creamy all at once. And even the hops make sense, in the background a parching alternation of oak, coffee beans and that sweet vine juice. I do feel that this still pales to the BA version, which carries the fine vinous and fruit body, but this is at first the best background this beer could offer. Alcohol? Totally melded in. The coffee edges a little bitter, but it still makes the beer quaffable. I love the AleSmith yeast character, itís so complimentary to the beer flavors, and it brings a great unique rich fruitiness to the beer. All around exquisite. A fitting end to the season and my 30th Impy Stout. Thanks Andy &#40;it took me long enough, eh?&#41;!
holdenn (2085) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2007 750 ml pours a thick black with a tall tan head that fades down to a thin layer. Chocolate, roast, toffee, doughy, alcohol and a little sour in the nose. The texture is smooth and silky with a full body. Complex flavors like a great imperial stout should be coffee, toffee, chocolate, molasses, a little doughy, sour, sweet, nutty with a long chocolate, licorice, and bitter finish with that drying alcohol. A fine beer.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I remember as a kid blowing bubbles in my chocolate milk (you know, because it was cool). That frothy head had just as much silkiness and flavor as the actual milk. The same holds true for this beer. I must have been three or four sips in before I actually hit full bodied brew. This was a great treat! Black as night, loaded with coffee. Each beer needs to stand on its own merits within its style. And this one has a lot of style.
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle: pours jet black witha sandy colored head. aroma is of coffee, carmel chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, sweet laty candy, The flavor is amazingly balanced. sweet caramelly milk chocolate flavors up front. the finish is most roast and bitter (coffee and dark chocolate) with some citrusy bitterness. alochol is nicely hidden. very nice warming effect. this stout is not overly agressive and not cloyingly sweet. i do believe this beer has lived up to the hype and my long wait to trying.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 200th Rating! Acquired via trade (thanks Ryan!) Pours black, and with a vigorous pour, works up a brown head. Aroma is very pungent. From the second I started pouring this, I was overwhelmed by coffee and rich chocolate. Dark fruit and alcohol notes also made themselves known. The flavor is amazingly smooth, with sweet chocolate malts, coffee, caramel, dark fruit, and even some hops in the warming, roasty finish.
dwyerpg (4703) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
You can just smell the strength in this. But not so much in the taste. Which is pretty amazing, since itís 12%. A fantastic beer for no. 69 at Bill and Steinyís.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 A friend brought this back for me from a west coast trip. When I took the silver foil off, I was surprised to find a bottle cap rather than a cork, but no matter.
Pours a hazy very dark brown/black with a dark layer of foam that seems to lighten slightly as it sits there. Head retention is excellent.
Odor is of coffee and malt, and is very strong yet appetizing.
Flavor is also of dark malt ("burned pizza crust") and coffee. Very good. Flavor seems to sweeten slightly as it warms. Not horribly complex, but very pleasant. Iím not in the mood for a stout all the time, but this is a great Imperial Stout to satisfy you when you feel the need for a roastier beer with lots of great dark malt and coffee notes.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fat beer with an obvious booze factor. Not near as good as I would have expected, but decent enough. The coffee is there but muted, sweet and thick. Ainít no dark lord, though
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml. I believe this is an 05 bottle. Black as night with a small light brown head and soft but apparent carbonation. Aroma is huge, heavy chocolate, roast, coffee, caramel, slight alcohol and a touch of dark fruit. Taste is huge: chocolate, coffee, caramel, notes of yeast/bread, complimentary rather than oppressive alcohol...finish is very roasty, bitter, goes on for quite awhile. I have been anxiously awaiting trying this beer, and it exceeded expectations...awesome imperial stout.