heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2009 Tried a few times since the last rating. An absolutely solid brew, but each time I had it, it seemed to have a little less coffee. Still, a classic. Shared this in my beer tasting class. Glad I did as a little bit goes a long ways. Pours with no head at all. The body is a very viscous black that cling to the glass liek used oil. The aroms are rich with anise, grape juice and brown sugar. As it warms a little bit, it also has ome mushrooms. the mouthfeel is very thick. There are many flavors to pull out here. Has coffee and brown sugar. Also hints of vanilla and oranges add to the sweetness. The finish is dry like a cognac. Also has a warming alcohol presence. Very nicely done. It is big but not overwhelming.
IndianaRed (2041) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
#300 750Bottle Pours a deep black with a very nice DARK tan head that leaves thick heavy lacing. Aroma is a terrific blend of Coffee, molassas, chocolate and dark roasted malts. Flavor is mostly of the Espresso, and then less of the cohocolate. Very smokey as well and a noticeable alcohol taste. Feel is very smooth and silky. Carbonation is quite lively, but fine and soft at the same time. Yes, quite strong dark smoke and coffee flavors as I continue to sip it. Aftertaste is more mellow than I expected and short lived.
A Brew worthy of the top 10 and a great milestone rating. Thanks to Footbalm for this one.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle, 2003. Viscous black, opaque, tiny dark foamy head which disintigrates quickly into a small lasting ring. Surprisingly subltle, mellow nose containing milk chocolate, coffee and brandy. Mouthfeel gorgeously decadent at first, but underdone somewhat later by the too-sharp coffee bitterness, aided and abetted by tobacco ash and woodsmoke. Alcohol fairly strongly present throughout, mostly welcome. A light creme brulee character at the beginning is the only mediation of the tarry heaviness...I was a bit underwhelmed by this on the whole; itís quality stuff, but I definitely think it could stand some aging to bring the mellower flavors to the fore. As it is, a slightly above average example of the style as far as Iím concerned.
jgb9348 (4285) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black in colour, completely opaque with no head at all. Some brown bubbles-but thats all. Aroma of coffee, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, chocolate (66% cacao), figs and some nuts. A great aroma, but thats what Iíd expect! Full-bodied; Sweet full chocolate flavour with some pungent coffee bitterness. Amazing how it rolls right off though-no offensive flavours at all!! Sweet, then alcoholic then roasty. A great aftertaste with no bad tastes. Overall, truly a great top 50! Well worth the long wait. I had wanted to drink this on graduation night from college, but it waited until now! An imperial stout that everyone should try-people could learn a few lessons about how a beer should be crafted! I sampled this 75 cL bottle recieved from rodolito (Dave) on 09-October-2004 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with my good friend Jon[R888710]. Thanks again Dave for this rare beer on the east coast!
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 Dec. 10th 2006 Re-rate of a 2006 Bottle.
Still a beautiful beer, but it definitely seems to have lost some of its grandness to my more educated palate. It was newer so hotter than I recalled which does detract a bit and seems to thin the brew. The coffee asspect is still large and well integrated, but it seems like the more beery stout asspects such as chocolate, roasted/burnt notes are less pronounced than I recall and overall it seems to lack the range of flavor of the first batches I had.
Bottle. This is the eptiome of a stout in apperance. Rich black color with a frothed dark brown head. VERY strong coffee aroma. This looks like an esspresso writ large and the taste is similar.
Original rating was a 4.8
Alcohol is present, but well balanced. Very satisfying drink. Excellent mouth feel. Every bit as good, maybe better, than youíve heard.
76oz (4) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I love this beer. As black as a blackhole with a muddy tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and roasted barley. Silky mouth feel but full body. Taste of coffee with cream and choclate. Even starbucks couldnít create something taster. With a warm alchol finish this is one of the best stouts of all times.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Finally got my hands on some. I love it when a beer lives up to itís hype. Gorgeous looking beer. Totally black with
a medium sized tan head. Unbelievable
aroma of roasted chocolate malts, coffee and malt vinegar. Flavor of coffee
starts off strong, hides for a while then comes right back on the finish. Lots of
chocolate and roasted malt flavors in between. Luscius mouthfeel. Silky smooth texture. Seems to attack all taste buds at once. I canít believe there is 12%
in here. Awesome!
Pailhead (4236) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2006 Bottle: Great aroma. Nice blend of chocolate malt, coffee, cream, licorice, and slight alcohol. Pours a very dark brown, virtually black, with a nice tan head with fair retention. Great flavor as well. Very nice strong coffee presence with some sweetness. Roastiness and chocolate make their presence known rather nicely, but the coffee is the dominant flavor. Not a real strong alchohol presence in the finish that Iíve had in other imperial stouts, which I strongly prefer. Donít get me wrong, it is there, but never overpowering. A very nice combination and balance of the flavors. Very impressive. There have been plenty of beers that Iíve had that I donít feel totally live up to their reputation on this site, but this definitely does. Have to get my hands on the Barrel Aged.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black with some mahogany/ebony dark brown tones. Bubbles are sandy colored, medium-large and refract light like diamonds. Smell is rich and strong of molasses, dark honey, coffee and chocolate malts. Taste is big but not obtrusive. One of the most evenly packed huge palates Iíve ever encountered. Massive chocolate, maple, dark roasted espresso beans, sweetened condensed milk, pipe tobacco smokiness and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium-thick. Aftertaste burns a little from the alcohol but still exudes an even balance of sweet chcolate malt and roasted hops. This one is truly a rare treat. Thanks so much to Jeremy for sharing this wonderful bottle with me. It had been originally queued for his graduation but I think it fit well on a fantastic night on the Eastern Shore of Virginia!
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 i FINALLY get to try this....
this i.s. filled my pint glass with no head at first,but foamed up a little brown head that soon vanished..BLACK as halloween with no light to be seen at all.nice thick and creamy dark brown head that leaves huge webbing on the glass.the smell gave off hints of coffe/nuts.
now for the taste.......
LOADS OF COFFE all the way through this one ending with a bit of alcohol for that imperial bite.although it does not taste anywhere near 12%.
this is like redhook double black stouts older,bigger,and better brother.
overall i must say this beer kicks ass!
i even let my lady have a sip,she is not the biggest beer fan,but likes some porters and stouts.she says "this is the best beer you have ever let me try"
if you get your hands on a bottle.save it for something special!!!! BOTTLE RE-RATED ON 11-20-2006.OPENED IN CELEBRATION OF THE END OF COTTON SEASON)nice black body with brown highlights around the rim.small head that faded fast.coffee is a little less subtle on this 2 year old version than in a fresh batch.alcohol is still pretty upfront and i expected it to be calmed a bit.chocolate really stands out now as does dark fruits and fudge.body is very smooth and silky.well balanced and awsome overall. BOTTLE OPENED ON 12-18-07)black as night with a brown head that tired to form but didnt.nice balanced aroma of fudge,chocolate,coffee,and just a hint of alcohol.flavor is much of the same with the velvety smooth texture they talk about in the description.this is simply awesome with 2 years on it. (RE-RATE ON 5-5-08 OF A 2004 BOTTLE)black body with no head.the aroma is out of this world.chocolate,coffee,cherry,roasted malt.i could smell this for hours.the flavor is not quite as good.the mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery,but you still pick up all the characteristics of the aroma.this may be a bit past its prime.
re-rate.january batch was infected.this beer does not deserve a perfect rating now.