jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 2008-04-13. Pitch black body, a foamy smooth brown head fades. (4+) Big aroma of vinous, lightly fruit malt, hint of roast in the back. (7+) Flavour is mostly rich malt with a deep vein of vinous fruit notes through it, roast notes show up, especially in the finish where they linger long into the aftertaste. (7+) Smooth, oily medium to full bodied palate. Still rather nice, but I think it has lost a step while waiting in the queue in my fridge. 7/4/8/4/15 - 3.9 Bottle, approximately 2 years old, shared with Mabel.
<P>November 2004. Deep black body with a gorgeous dark tan head. Beautifully subtle but omnipresent aroma of dark chocolate and fruit is overcome for a moment by a surge of alcohol with a swirl of the glass. Thick oily palate. The flavour expedition is lead by a dark rich chocolate guide, immediately followed by the bossy and less cordial assistant, roasty bitterness. Very nicely balanced, leaning towards the bitter side. Touch of hops and alcohol linger in the finish. Was blown away by how much I actually liked this. Thanks VERY much for this bottle Gunny. A fitting Top 50 beer for my 1000th Rating. #99 to 1000, Call it the Gretzky play! 8/5/9/4/18 - 4.4 Bottle, shared with Tupalev
csbosox (1215) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Pours thick and black, with a nice size cappuccino head. The head subsides after time and leaves good lacing. Tasted at 54 degrees out of the cellar (basement closet). Malty, inviting aroma. The beer is really full with huge flavors such as coffee/chocolate, with a nice kick of hops to give it a floral? taste and a dry, bitter (in a good way) finish. Itís like drinking a beautiful stout/porter and a great IPA all in one beer. I bought 2 six-packs; hopefully I can let some age for a while and see how it changes, though that might prove difficult.
Re-rate: Tasted as part of a 7 beer imperial stout/porter tasting. Dark black color with a thin tan head, coats the glass! Citrus peels, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate aroma. The flavor comes in waves. Initially itís all malt, then citrus peels and bittersweet chocolate covered cherries/raspberries, then cocoa and a hint of coffee. Dry finish with incredible flavor. The consistency is like whole milk. This is what an imperial stout should taste like.
2002 bottle tasted in Dec í07 Thanks Indra! This has been cellaring for 5+ years. Aroma is cocoa, molasses, roast, dark rum, coffee ice cream. Taste is roasty and sweet with dark fruits and some lighter fruits, anise, and sweet cream. The flavor is very smooth and lacks the malt/hops peaks and valleys of a younger expedition. It is a graceful older beer that seems to have lost some of itís brashness, but is more a of a regal older gentleman.
rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Arriving as a part of a trade from clvand0, this beer was in an ordinary looking brown 12 oz. bottle. Once the cap was popped the word ordinary left my vocabulary immediately.
Very thick and viscous with a dark brown body and little to no head to speak of, this was one robust looking drink. The lack of head is understandable given the strength of the beer.
The aroma was roasty and vinous with chocolate, coffee, smoke, raisins, and roasted grains abounding. The taste was mellow and smooth, with flavors of dark chocolate, creamed coffee, toffee, and raisins soaked in brandy. With all the sweet and roasty flavors, the hop bitterness had taken a back seat.
Mouthfeel was thick and tongue numbingly rich. The aftertaste was a bit peppery and alcoholic.
Very nice example of an Imperial Stout.
MIBRomeo (2444) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a dark black color w/ a very sparse dark tan head... caries a malty scent w/ hints of hopps and a slightly sweet back.. incredibly rich and creamy it just feels great in your mouth. The flavor had hints of coffee, chocoolate, roasted malts all blended very nicely.. this was a great! beer.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 black viscous pour with little, reddish brown head...sweet chocolate aroma with hints of molasses, coffee, and fruits....perfect creamy palate; flavor is abundant of coffee, chocolate, molasses....very TOASTY!! what a wonderful, mostly inexpensive beer
stogieman21 (5) - COLDWATER, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
An awesome stout. Dark,chocolate, malty, rich tasting stout. Goes great with a la gloria cubana maduro. One of favorites.
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2004 Pours out a dark black with a thickness like that of crude oil. Right off the bat you can smell a nice complex aroma of chocolate and a touch of hop. The taste is very complex with notes of chocolate, malts and then some coffee with a nice finish of hops. A wonderful brew and even better enjoyed with a nice heavy cigar.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 first off thanks to atpayne for the bottle.
now its rating time!!!!
poured out like motor oil with no head at all.smelled like cherries and a bit of citurs.as for the flavor....?DAMN!very complex.starts out with a bit of cherries,then malts,then chocolate,then coffe,and a bit of hops at the end.this is outstanding!i need more!!!!!!! BOTTLE FROM BBB63)black body with brown highlights around the glass.no head to speak of.aroma has melted together perfectly.i pick up chocolate,dark fruit,cherry,coffee,roasted malts,and brownies.flavor mixes up the aroma along with powdered cocoa and some oxidation.mouthfeel is silky smooth and i cant detect any alcohol at all.seems like it may be a bit past its prime,but its still really damn good.(BOTTLE FROM APRIL OF 2005,RATED MAY OF 2007)WOW....DID I SAY WOW!?CUZ I MEANT IT.this must be right around its prime cuz i cant see it getting any better than this.everything has come together very nicely.its a damn good thing i have another bottle.
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pure black with a frothy hot chocolate head. Sweetish nose - milk chocolate, caramel, some piney hop. Absolutely beautiful creamy body. Flavor is extremely sweet, rich chocolaty malt. Mint, piney hops, milk. Spicy alcohol finish. A smoother & more complex Old Rasputin. Iíd love to do a homebrew along the lines of this.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2006 The aroma is very chocolaty with the darkest head Iíve ever seen. It is very opaque black with a large rocky head. This beer was excitign to sip! Lots of malt with a nice bitter hop aftertaste. It was super creamy and got better as it warmed.