jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Special Thanks to Gusler for this one, the positive beer karma around that guy is probably swirling like a cloud of fresh hops!
Poured absolutely pitch black with very, very little carbonation and an oily like pattern of film residing on the top of the glass.
Aroma is heavily roasted with chocolate malts and definite java notes. Also some distinctly rich notes of nuts, so rich in fact its like peanut butter. Slightly peppery leather also.
Flavor starts off heavy with roasted flavors which subside for a time to rich chocolate notes. That rich nutty tone that I detected on the nose also comes into play in the middle part of the experience. It's a really intriguing nutty flavor too, something like a warm unsalted almond. The finish is distinctly dark roast coffee grounds.
Mouthfeel is maybe a touch thin but is cool with a slick, oily sensation which I enjoyed.
Overall feeling is that this is a tremendous brew worthy of much praise. I am thankful to have received it, and will be looking forward to the next time I have an opportunity to hoist one of these, Thanks Joe!
CObiased (63) - - JAN 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lg bottle - pours jet black with small fluffy tan head. Luxurious aroma full of mocha, espresso, dark chocolate, licorice and burnt marshmallow. This XL nearly perfect stout is coffee riffic....and full of cocoa, huge roasted malts, amazing chocolate, toffee, dried dark cherry and wonderful burnt flavor.
HULK777 (425) - - JAN 19, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A fantastic imperial stout! Very complex. Has coffee, chocolates, cognac, vanilla, all very neatly tied together. Loads of taste, but well-hidden alchohol.
revolution2718 (275) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Year aged. Pours black with minimal tan head. Nose is chocolate, dark fruits, bit if coffee, booze. Taste largely matches nose, dark chocolate, umami, dark fruits, coffee on the finish but not very bitter. Creamy, solid mouthfeel. Overall very good stout.
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled on 01.03.14.
Poured into a tulip from a 25 oz bottle on 08.12.14.
A: Chocolate. It also has a tiny bit of coffee.
A: 1 finger tan head. Midnight black body with some red in the glass.
T: Chocolate and cherry dominate. Plum, woodiness, coffee, and vanilla are subtle.
P: Creamy smooth. Chewy enough. It goes down smooth for such a high ABV.
O: The alcohol heat is definitely there. The coffee adds some nice roastiness without becoming overwhelming. In the end, the flavors were too subtle, which made drinking it somewhat boring.
shoulderbroken (2314) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Brewdog Glasgow. Lots of alcohol, roast, smoke, liquorice. Taste is good, smooth, dark maltiness, more alcohol, cocoa, coffee. Nice.
beeratarian (112) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a thin dark brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, caramel, dried cherry. Flavor is an excellent balance of sweet, bitter, roasty and coffee. Really big with hidden alcohol. As always excellent!
hansvf (187) - - JAN 10, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocola, koffie, zwaar maar drinkbaar. Heerlijk. Marks favoriet op zn vrijgezellen feest. Pitch black.
RyanK (232) - Rhode Island, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 pours a dark black with a tan brown head that does not dissipate. Smells strongly of a velvet like chocolate flavor with heavy alcohol. Has a velvet bodied with some surprisingly sharp carbonation still mostly hid by the heaviness. Has an alcohol heavy fudge/ chocolate flavor, coffee doesn’t show so much. Can tell its heavy abv but doesn’t taste like that so much, my bottle is 5 or 6 m old. Good but not especially standout to me.
RihardsF (84) - LATVIA - JAN 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with brown head. Tastes intense, a bit salty with roasted notes, a bit alco in the throath. After barley wine feels super smooth. Great ethalon imperial stout. Third time I drink this and still love this.
maxodom (17) - - JAN 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Going from notes, pours thick and dark with little head. Aroma was ok, not overwhelming. tasted little of coffee or chocolate. Have heard such great things about this, but perhaps my expectations allowed me to expect more. Very good beer, however, and worth the price.