Guerde (1115) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours dark brown almost black with a thin tan head and minimal spotty lacing. Head quickly dissipates to nothing. Aroma right off the bat is downright bizarre, as it reminds me of coleslaw. Accompanied with the slaw are scents of pineapple, molasses, and teriyaki sauce. Pick up a little pickled herring as well. Wow, this is strange. Gets roastier as it warms and the licorice announces its presence. Alcohol singes the nostrils. Taste is certainly very sweet, and I get a lot of molasses, sweet chocolate, booze soaked raisins, plums, pineapple, black licorice, alcohol, and an ample amount of roasted malt showing up in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and full, with a decent amount of carbonation. This is very unique, and I can say that Iíve never drank an imperial stout quite like this one.
arminjewell (5233) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2011 Pours deep black with thin tan head, aroma is full of dark fruit, chocolate, and molasses. Taste up front is huge, thick chocolate, molasses, caramel like sweetness moving into dark fruit and a bit of smoke with some soy sauce and a bit of alcohol burn. Great beer, but will be unbelievable after some aging.
bigtaster (482) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz in snifter. Pours black with nice foamy brown head which stays around quite nicely. Aroma is dark chocolate and roasty malts and a hint of alcohol. First taste is a quick sharp sweetness some apricot, dried cherries, chocolate, then follows with a long deep bitterness of dark chocolates and darkly roasted malts. Warming and large body, a bit creamy. Very interesting, not very similar to any other impy stout Iíve had. Not bad, but canít wait to get a couple years on this thing.
JaBier (4352) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #1500. Large snifter at Bellís on 1/29/10. Pours brownish-black with a medium tan head. Sweet malty and boozy aroma with molasses and hints of roast and chocolate. Creamy and boozy flavor with sweet caramel, molasses and roast on the back end. Pretty tasty, and hope I can find some bottles to age.
pantanap (3328) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 Bottle from Shawn... Pours a medium to dark cola brown with softer brown edges and a fluffy light tan head... Aroma of dark fruit, some pineapple and banana, and some boozy phenols. Very little resemblence to a true imperial stout... Flavors are thick and full with sweet sacharine molasses and black licorice. Bitter and boozy late through the middle and finish. Very full bodied.
had another bottle of this today and this is just utterty too sweet and the bitterness has really faded. downgrading my score as a result.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the eccentric cafe. Nose is full of dark boozy burnt molasses. Pours a solid motor oil black, with small medium tan head. Lots of sweetness featuring everything thatís good about molasses and maple flavors. Some hints of dark fruits meld very well with the earthy sugars. Rolls smoothly across the palate leaving a complex sweetness that pleads "dear god, donít stop drinking." It could use a tad more earthy bitterness to complete the picture, but hopefully that will come with age. That being said, this is one of the best stouts, if not beers, that Iíve ever had.
daknole (8014) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks stoutfest! Pours a super dark brown color with a small light brown head. Aroma hits with molasses and roasted malt. I also get some light prune juice and almost a sweet lactose aroma. Flavor is remarkably molasses sweet. This is the most molasses I have ever tasted in a beer. Alcohol is well hidden. A nice roasty bitterness finishes this beer on a really high note and helps balance from the initial sweetness. This is my kind of stout!
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap into snifter at Eccentric Cafe. Appearance comes out very dark black with the slightest brown edge and a very thin brown head that doesnít take long to fade. The initial nose I got was sweet molasses with black licorice and fig....at this point the anticipation was simply killer. So much build up to this one, I didnít want to be let down. Diving into the 1st sip: Wow, this baby is thick, full and packed w/ flavor. Some real nice ooey gooey chocolate protrudes and is accompanied with rich molasses, juicy figs, raisins, and ripe dark red fruits. Itís hard to believe how good this is at this stage of itís life. Iím going to have a hard time aging the bottles I picked up (come on willpower). Such a rich, sweet, full and complex mouthfeel. Truly special batch from a top notch brewer. I canít wait to see it grow old. Also noted that this was surprisingly not overpowered by alcohol at all...or it was very well masked anyway. The high ABV was certainly not a distraction for me. I was too distracted by the amazing flavors! Had to seize the opportunity to try this on tap while I had the chance, young as it was, it did not disappoint. If youíre in the area, Get On It!
fishbrew (13) - Holland, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Note: This beer was consumed very young (two days after release), and ratings may differ drastically based on aging.
The mythical Batch 9000, finally available a year after originally brewed. Will it live up to the hype?
Itís apparent to me why Larry Bell let this one age for so long...
Overwhelming fruity raisin aroma along with alcohol in the nose. While pitch black in the glass, in thinner volumes it exhibits a dark brown hue. Light brown head dissipated quickly. Nice thick, syrupy mouthfeel.
In terms of taste, I was very surprised after my first sip. Extremely sweet, walking the line of cloying. Overwhelmingly raisin flavor, which really drowns out any roast. Very noticeable alcohol in the finish, along with moderate to high level of bitterness. A bit one dimensional at this stage with far too much sweetness, even a year after being brewed.
Iíll admit that it is unfair to criticize this beer too much given how young it is. Hopefully age will help, because while still enjoyable in its current form, the sweetness needs to mellow so that the flavors hiding beneath it (if present) can shine.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap and in bottle, 1/31/2010. Raisin, resiny hops, toffee and hot alcohol melted brown sugar, but roasty too. A lot of very sweet flavors in this beer, and the abv is noticeable. Just a lovely color, great big oily body. Positively busting raisiny sweetness. Feels like it might get a little livelier in the bottle over time. Its a burner Iíll revisit soon; a cold is getting in the way of my truest appreciation.