JK (4615) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It is rare to find an imperial stout this good. Coffee and chocolate in the aroma as well as abundant malt. Thick and heavy beer, black, and almost no carbonation. Flavor has more coffee and chocolate, some oak, medium sweet, rich malt. Delicious.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Yesper for bringing this to us. Pours a super oily looking blackish brown, with a nice tan head. Great dry oakiness as well as a good dose of chocolate, floral hops, and a hint of coffee. The flavor is amazing and exudes oak, and I’m too lazy to read the description, but I don’t think it is oaked. Good dose of chocolate, coffee, and a smoky roasted character are followed by a nice light floral hoopiness on the finish. This is one fantastic beer!
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
very dark roasted brown colour without much head in this fairly small pour. The aroma is chocolatey with a bit of roast and some hops. The flavour is really nice with some assertive hops that bring themselves out in the mid to after taste. At first I didst really get the full flavor but as I sipped on the complexity and wonderful roasted and chocolate flavours really developed. My sample does this no justice but I’m glad I was able to share with friends.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don’t know what it is about Danish dark beers, but many seem to have really impressive viscosity. Black color, with a full dark brown head. Very nice nose, which hints of coffee bean, brown sugar and roast. Chew on it quite a bit and some marvelous flavors are revealed, but overall, it’s just not as characterful as some of my favorite Danish Imperials. Very nice on the mid-palate with chocolate-like flavors but the finish is short, overly roasty and bitter.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BIG THANKS to my friend from Copenhagen, sunevdj (Thanks Sune!). Batch 05, #211/400. Pours an absolutely beautiful used motor oil, black and syrupy, with a towering three finger creamy dark brown head; stellar lacing. Aroma is an excellent blend of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, roasty malts, light vanilla and a definite citrus hops presence. Wow, the flavor brings a notable bitterness of hops (!), bittersweet chocolate, and a good dose of freshly pulled espresso. The alcohol is completely undetectable. There is a lasting bitterness that lingers quite a while from all that coming @ you, but it seems to work quite well together, providing a full and creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Quite a unique take on the style IMO, and very enjoyable. Thanks again, Sune, for the chance to try this well crafted beer!
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating 700. Batch 5 #212/400. Via trade with Marsiblursi. Many thanks. Pours a beautifal black with a nice coffee cream head, that starts out about 1 finger in width and thins a bit, but is still full there. Nose is very robust, lots of big roasty malts with a load of coffee. Taste is really forward, burnt malts come through first followed by notes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. There is definetly a solid amount of bitterness with this beer, it says so in the description but it is clearly there, more so than most of the style, not sure if this is a bad thing or a good thing. The aftertaste feels like chewing on coffee beans. Its a solid Impy with some interesting bitter qualities that stand out as essentially different than many others in the style. Great beer overall.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle, Batch 05, Bottle #104/400) Pours an opaque oily black body with medium beautiful brown head. Aroma of rich chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, light roastiness, some pine, and a hint of citrus. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, and citusy hops with a creamy mouthfeel and a bitter finish.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Chris_o’s Shindig: dark fruit notes, anise; pretty alcoholic at first; balanced, roasty finish. Oh, yea.
oh6gdx (20946) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pitch black colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is coffee, alcohol, chocolate and some spices. Flavour is chocolate, alcohol, coffee along with some roasted malts and vanilla. A bit too sweet, partly thanks to the alcohol, but otherwise a very nice brew. Aftertaste is vanilla and roasted malts.
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle directly from the source whom happens to also be my Summer Santa, served in my Expedition snifter (Batch 5, 397/400): Pour an inky black with one serious creamy tan head that you would rarely see except for those nitro machines and the lacing was simply to die for, would be a 6 for appearance if I could go that high! (for those rating the looks less than a 5, WTF do you want?)
The nose detects equal parts grassy, piney and resiny American hops, a light citric vapour, and some clove and pepper esters. Oh there is some chocolate and earthy, charred and smoky elements found coasting around for fun. Very inviting and I can’t wait to take the first sip...
The taste starts with a huge smack down of hop bitterness, every bit the equal to those Three Floyds hopped beasts I so like. But there is balance to be found too with a lush layer of chocolaty and smoky malts before an kick of espresso like bitterness finishes off the deal. This taste big without going overboard, something you can relax with and yet still walk and play afterwards.
The mouth feel is smooth yet not cloy due to a moderate hop bite and alcoholic warming. A big Impy that proves that you can stay true to the genre and still make something to interest the beer geek.