FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a frothy finger and a half thick, brown head, which never completely disappears. The beer is an opaque black color that shows a clear, deep brown color as I pour it into my Tulip glass. The aroma is sharp with acidic notes of burnt malts. The acidity almost brings a fruitiness to this beer that is echoed in the hints of burnt raisin and burnt plum found in the nose. There is lots of roast malt character in the nose as well, but overall the aroma makes me think that this beer is too young; put a couple of years on this, to mellow, and it might be something else. There is a also an aromatic note that has a meaty sort of rich quality to it that is sort of reminiscent of a concentrated, thick brown sauce (notes reminiscent of a quality demi-glace).
The beer has a nice thick creaminess to it that completely engulfs and coats the palate. The mouth feel on this is incredibly rich and smooth; I really like how it lingers in the mouth. Having said that, some of the actual flavors of this beer get in the way of , and even work against, the sublime mouthfeel. The finish especially has a sharp, acrid burnt note that accentuates a harsh acidity; both of these notes, unfortunately, linger for quite some time on the tongue. This beer has an incredible depth and balance to the flavors, if you concentrate on it as the beer is in your mouth. In fact letting the beer just sit in my mouth is quite a pleasurable experience for the taste buds. It is only after you swallow that the harsh notes kick in.
Flavor wise, I also get notes of dark chocolate, creamy French roast coffee, sharp / dark roasted espresso, burnt toffee, and even a hint of port or even sherry. This beer hits some incredible highs, but is pulled down a bit by the finish (in both the aroma and flavor). It is a tad on the green side and within a year or more of age should be quite stellar. Now I just need to find a few more bottles of this.
bleeng (1463) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster. Nice big chocolate nose. Taste is holding up well with soy and mocha tastes.
tectactoe (719) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: thanks, Jeff! Dark as hell; black with a creamy mocha head that dissipates in a short amount of time. Aroma is heavy molasses, brown sugar, some licorice, light roasty malts & caramel, and a bit of dark prunes in the back. Sweet and robust. Taste is sweet; caramelized brown sugar, sweet molasses, a twinge if cream & coffee, a small touch of black licorice and prunes, and a nice finish of dark chocolate. Caramel-y finish... Sweet but not too over the top. Very, very mild oxidation... But it's nearly 8 years old. Awesome.
jredmond (4620) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Paul, shared with Max, Andy and Pearl. Pours a rich black body with thin lacing. No head. Aroma is rich, chocolate fudge brownie and protein bar. Mouthfeel is full with lots of fudgy, brownie character dominating. Some warming in the chest towards the finish, but overall still very nice.
mcberko (4863) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a silky jet black a la motor oil with tiny ring of light brown head. Nose brings out deep dark fruits (plums particularly), some chocolate covered raisins, vanilla and caramel. Flavour is remarkably complex, with loads of sherry liqueur, dark fruits (plum and cherries), a little vanilla and heaps of caramel. Dominated particularly by the liqueur and dark fruits, without being very sweet. There is a noticeable alcohol kick, but it’s well-situated. A big syrupy, semi-boozy sipper that is as intense as it is elegant. Wonderful stuff. Has stood the test of time (7 years) very well.
TheHOFF43 (1441) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle acquired, from someone. Pours dark brown with no carbonation. Aroma is dark fruits like plums, some bourbon in there I think. Flavor matches aroma but adds in a little booziness. Really good, would have liked to try it fresh as well.
BourbonicAsh (4) - - APR 16, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
What an amazing brew! POUR: Slight head. APPEARANCE: Normal dark brown/black color for a malty stout. SCENT: Hints of vanilla and malts. TASTE: I taste a complex mixture of vanilla, carmel, and malts. The initi tasteIis very smooth and rich like biting into dark chocolate. The aftertaste is slightly malty and it disspitates within a few seconds. PALATE: A dry malty flavor lingers buts only for a miniscule amount of time. OVERALL: This beer isvery delectable and I would recommend this for any and all occasions.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
finally. 12oz bottle, batch 7000, courtesy of the one-and-only motortoddhead. thanks so much, todd! pours thick, rich, and oily like a real imperial stout should and sits black in the glass with a thick, dense, dark mocha head that leaves oily sheets of lace. aroma is absolutely wonderful with huge notes of devil’s food cake, dark roasted malts, spent coffee grinds, licorice candy, and pralines backed by dried figs, raisins, and plum skins with hints of warming, spirited Ouzo. flavor is incredible as well with notes of fresh baked brownie edges, pecans, brown sugar, pralines, and hazelnut coffee backed by deep, dark roast, winter spices, dried figs, black cherries, and subtle notes of amaretto with licorice, earth, and smoke on the back end. palate is full bodied, rich and decadent, with smooth carbonation and not a trace of oxidation with a massive finish of roast, dark chocolate, and spices. overall, i was a bit aprehensive with this one given the age but i’m happy to say this one has aged with the utmost grace and truly is one of the best beers i’ve had in the last 6 months.
bwa5879 (457) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at 2013 Inaugural Vintage Beer Tasting. 2005 bottle. Pour was dark brown to black with a small layer of suds the color of a cardboard box. Smells similar to aged brandy with fermented dark fruits, brown sugar and molasses, somewhat leathery. Mouth feel was slick and warm, very soft carbonation. Roasty taste with predominant taste of figs and dark fruits, charred wood, hints of spices - allspice, anise. Finish was slightly sour and surprisingly clean. I need some more years to appreciate this one.
blipp (5476) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Past 7 years old at tasting. Near black with a beige head. Hard roasted malts, weird grainy, some sweetness, and a really weird dirty finish. Not bad up front, but the finish really throws it off, and I have no idea what it is. It didn’t really seem like oxidation or anything like that. Really pumped that I got to try this, but I don’t think it was that good.
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille 12oz, courtoisie de Hogtownharry/Blankboy. Nez fruité légèrement boisé (raisins vineux, cerises noires), de chocolat noir, de malt rôti et d’alcool, léger de café noir et de vanille avec des notes de mélasse et de houblon résineux. Ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture très crémeuse et légèrement liquoreuse. Goût fruité sucré légèrement boisé (raisins vineux, notes de cerises noires) avec des notes de vanille et quelques traces de réglisse noire lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût amer de malt rôti, de chocolat noir et de café noir avec des notes de caramel toffee sucré puis progressivement un goût d’alcool moyen et réchauffant s’enchaîne accompagné d’un goût de café plus intense, d’un léger goût de mélasse sucrée et de houblon résineux aux notes herbeuses. Post--goût long, amer de rôti, de chocolat noir, de café espresso, d’alcool moyen et de houblon légèrement résineux et aux notes herbeuses avec des petites notes de fruits (raisins vineux).