TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
100% opaque black. Gorgeously-rich bronze foam quickly dies. Lots of roasty depth in the nose with ink, lactose, cinnamon, and black peppercorn hints. Soft and tight carbonation. Very oily. Brash roast texture curbs the immediate acridness of the burnt malts. Tangy lactose and metallic black malt hinder the body. Resurgence of grainy roast imparts a twinge of dryness to the otherwise wet body. After only two gulps, it virtually stomach-curdling as it turns toward a harsh rotted black cherries/melted rubber mixture, leaving only a salvaging glimpse of gritty char and rounded black currant flavors. Abbreviated, albeit highly intense finish of bitter espresso and dry roast salvages what was virtually a trainwreck of flavors. Satisfactory aroma, but the flavor is dreadfully unrefined. I presume the kitchen sink was included in this? Unimpressive.
mds (2154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very deep black body with a creamy mocha-brown head. The aroma is very roasty with coffee and dark chocolate abound along with some lingering smokiness and hop resin. Heavy body with a fairly significant alcohol kick. Really resinous with plenty of dark flakey malts and tonnes of cocoa bitterness. Other than the significant alcohol warmth I very much enjoyed this brew.
Tasted in December 2007. Batch 05 - bottle 51.
vyvvy (3551) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to the STL crew for sharing this rarity. Pours dark brown with and orange head. The aroma has dankness, onions, vanilla cream and hints of chocolate. Medium / thick body with a subdued bit of semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with some sharpness of coffee, roasted malt and a lot more sharpness than most impy stouts. The finish is bitter with roast and some hoppiness. A good beer, but I’m surprised at the very high rating.
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2013 Bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black (not opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is heavily malty (roasted/burnt grain, bitter chocolate), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), with notes of soot/tar, alcohol, chalk, licorice.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, oily/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Very assertive and rich/decadent, but it is admittedly a bit brutish and crude; it isn’t over the top in that regard, but it’s still not in the elegant vein.
TheEpeeist (3130) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50 cl bottle, Batch 05. My 600th rating. Pours an impenetrable ebony with a coating, crema head. Nose of dark chocolate and coffee with a grapey sweetness. Silky mouthfeel with light carb tang. Milk chocolate, French roast and vanilla fade into grapefruit and lime peel. Lingering touches of pith and licorice. A big stout that never seems overdone. Sweet bitter balance and transition is perfect. Exceptional.
coldbrewky (1408) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep dark Brown / oily black with a towering dual layered mocha head. Aquired in trade with Maria! Many thanks! Wow, this smells great! Roasted malts, coffe and acrid hops float along with the yeasty head. Drool...Drool. Coffe tones dominate body. Body is Medium and thightly packaged. Head is rocky. Lacing looks like snowcovered steps. A pleasant lasing bitter finish. This is probably magic on draft.
jercraigs (7294) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Ratebeer Christmas in Oshawa, December 2007. Black body with a good foamy khaki head. (4+) Strong alcohol presences in the aroma, with roast malt as the secondary dominant characteristic. Flavour has similarly alcohol profile that leaves the mouth tingly before you can properly address the underlying roast malt character. Very light chocolate struggles to gain recognition for its contribution. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. A very nice imperial stout that ultimately opts to mute its finer moments in favour of brash alcoholic bluster.<P>"...but you know us, we’re suckers for stouts." - Beerhugger
(Pause)...."Buuurrrrrrp!" - MDS
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Xmas in Oshawa. Thanks! Batch 05, bottle 51. Black milkshake thick head. Nose is giant chocolate, caramel, toffee, huge roast, alcohol. Flavor is coffee, roast, burnt malt, big alcohol presence, some milk. Too much alcohol and a bit too bitter in the finish.
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is slightly alcoholic and woody with a strange ester profile.
Taste profile is sweet dark malt with touches of fruits from the esters. This is really strange.
Actually, it is very European in the ester profile but jacked up in the creamy dense body more like a top imperial stout from the US.
Finishes bitter and chocolate with a hop astringency.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to the Minnesota crew and to jespr for bringing this the States last summer. Enjoyed in the back room at the Cellars. As I like to say: this beer is like Oprah Winfrey: Thick, Dark and Rich. This really was a thick chewy beer. It was almost like taking a chocolate and letting it melt in a double pan and tossing in a few espresso beans and letting it melt down into a thick sauce and pouring it directly into a demi-tasse cup and sipping it. Just absolute heaven.