OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, approximately 8 months after purchase.
Pours a rich deep black wth a small tan head. The aroma is simply massive, right up there with the biggest Iíve experienced even on an imperial stout. The dominant aroma is a deep roasty malt chocolate, with powerful plum wine coming in right underneath and a vanilla oakiness throughout; I also get a bit of soy saunce and, of course, a ton of alcohol on the nose. Itís certainly an intense aroma, and a relatively nice one, though I could do without that alcohol blast and perhaps with a bit more subtlety.
Unfortunately, the flavor is just way too sweet. I realize that the brewery has aimed at a sweet cordial taste, but it catches me by surprise even after the aroma. In addition to the sweet chocolate, we get plenty of cherry, again some vanilla, woody notes, hints of whisky, grapes on the finish.
The mouthfeel is both sticky and hot; overall it does not impress though it definitely conveys the message that this is a high-gravity beer.
In the end, Iím didnít particularly enjoy this one. One 4 oz snifter was enough for one night (compare with some of the other imperial stouts, where a 22oz bomber doesnít seem nearly enough!) and the sweetness ruined it for me. The 15% alcohol seemed to hurt more than it helped, and Iím left thinking that there are probably a dozen Imperial Stouts available locally that I would prefer to drink if given the chance.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As extreme a beer as I have had in a while. A pronouced malty sweetness dominates the aroma, though the alcohol is there. Hints of dired fruit and toasted fennel leave a hint of what is to come. On the palate, the magnitude of this beer becomes apparent. Oily texture, with a sweetness dominate the front notes, the bitterness only plays a backing role. Will be interesting to taste this beer in a year or so.
vyvvy (5893) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours close to oil black with a soapy deep brown head. The aroma has a mix mainly of deep roasted malts and alcohol warmth. There is also dark fruits and red wine impressions as well as some vanilla and dark chocolate. Thich rich mouthfeel that is velvety and syrupy and not much carbonation to speak of. Taste is like roasty syrup. There is some brown sugar, mollases, vanilla, dark fruits and some vanillas along with the vineous aspect from the aroma. The finish definitely has some warmth to it, but not too much considering it is 15.1%.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 OZ bottle via footbalm (thanks eric!). Rating #300, been saving this one for a couple months. Pours almost black with an average size tan head.Nose is mostly bandaids, medicinal, and a bit of chocolate..ooo this is scarey, lol...Taste is actually pretty good. The band aid thing is there, but there is also a nice sweet and sour chocolate/coffee/mocha plum/berry thing going on. Very unique. Very sweet and alocholic....Sort of a cross between a brett sour brew, a dopplebock and a rich Imp Stout. It works, and although i would not want more than one of these (or half of one) in a setting, it is a unique tastey beer...now if they can just get rid of the band aid aroma, lol....they will have a world class Imp Stout! Oh and at 15.1% it will $%#& you up in about a half a glass, lol!
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2006
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2007 12oz bottle via trade with BeerandBlues2. Aroma: Sweet malt, caramel, coffee, raisins, anise, chocolate, yeast, and bread. Alcohol is there, but not intrusive. Appearance: Oily black in color. Head was dark tan in color, rocky, and quite large. Great head retention for a beer of this abv. Nice lacing. Flavor: Sweet, sweet maltiness just dominates. Roasted flavor with notes of chocolate and coffee. Pronounced smokiness, as well. Some yeast and breadiness right into the finish. AlAlcohol comes in early and stays late. Finishes very sweet and with a lot of alcohol. Palate: Full bodied and syrupy. Moderate to low carbonation. Alcohol warming all over the mouth and down the throat. Overall: This is very close to undrinkable. Alcohol is way too hot and heavy. Malt sweetness lays over tongue like a wet blanket. If only it tasted as good as it smells/looks. I really wanted to like this one.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark pour with thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate sweet malt, licorice, coffee. Flavor is sweet chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. Better as it warmed.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thick and chewy aroma is very boozy - plenty of alcohol and plenty of sugar as well as some hints of grape, smoke, roast and chocolate. Opaque brown body is topped by a low, large bubbled, tan/brown head that recedes rapidly to a partial cover and ring. Caramel, soya sauce, chocolate, dark pit fruits and plenty of roast in the flavour. Notes of burnt wood. Sugary sweetness is constant and lasting. Alcohol is very apparent. Full body is syrupy, sticky and thick especially due to low carbonation. Comes across as a dark premium malt liquor. Bottle sampled at the post-mondial 2006 tasting.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - My 500th Rating!!!: Jet black with a brown head. Tangy sweet aroma of dried plums, cough syrup and coffee. The taste is entirely sweet, like cherry infused prune juice. Chocolate is also noticeable, but not the double espresso finish. I am amazed at how fruity this tastes. You canít taste the high alcohol %, but you can definitely feel it. This stout makes a great winter evening dessert drink along side some fine cognac. This wonderful beverage is not meant to be slammed like some cheap macro, it is best enjoyed taking your time. I wish I had a Cuban cigar to go along with it. Thanks Secret Santa.
BuckeyeBoy (6154) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz Bottle Pours out a black topped with a small tan head. Aroma of sweetness and tast as well. I didnít pick up the 15.1% at all. Very good. Thanks Pinkzambia for this. WOW nice
jrob21 (3455) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reminds me of port wine. Aromas of raisins , plums, and not to steal everyone elses description but Iím totally getting soy sauce as well. The taste is overpowering on the alcohol. A sipping beer for sure. The sugary sweetness is left after the alcohol and none of the great aromas come through. Itís going to take me a while to drink this puppy.