ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Iím surprised that it took me this long to try this top ten brew. Itís been sitting under my nose for several years. I suppose the $13.99/6 pack price scared me away a little bit, but when you consider that itís just $2.33 a bottle for a beer of its stature, thatís not bad at all. And, it lives up to its billing. Milk chocholate aroma with no hint of alcohol. Huge brown, fine-bubble head that slowly cascades up through the engine oil body. Beautiful lace. Not used to seeing lace this dark. Head is lasting. Really tasty. I like this about the same as the Town Hall Czar Jack that I had last night. This is subtler. Hops are apparent but in the background. Thick and oily mouthfeel. Chunks at the bottom of the glass. Some chalk. Very fine.
liquidcrack (44) - Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A pleasant gift from my bro in MI. So black it seemed to ooze from the bottle. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Great taste, great appearance, great smell, a fun enjoyable stout. Little evidence of 11.5 abv. Deserves to be at the top of any list.
Crockett (1001) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark brown with a big creamy brown head. Very deep, but soft aroma. Earthy chocolate, heavily roasted. Thick smooth mouthfeel. Very bittersweet cocoa, cinnamon, and vanilla flavours. Deep roasted coffee and cream. Long lived finish. Beautiful example. Big, round, complex and fun to drink. I would love to have this stuff kicking around at all times.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black. Nice amount of coffee colored head, particularly for a stout. Aroma is strong on malts, and a little burnt scent is there as well. Huge taste of coffee and malts, as well as that same burnt taste, which is what sits on my tounge as the aftertaste. Body is enormous, an almost viscous texture, almost like motor oil. The tail has a little bit more of an alcohol bite than I prefer, but otherwise, just an excellent brew. Looking forward to aging some of this, interested to see how it can possibly get better.
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. After 2 terrible tastings tonight, I decided to pull out one of the Ratebeer "Big Boys" to save the day. It truly was salvation. Pours black as the Ace of spades with no real head to speak of, just some dark tan bubbles that cling to the side of the glass like cobwebs... chunks of sediment splashed up and hit me in the face as I poured, and we have lots of floaters in the glass. Nose is of raisins, prunes, fully roasted malts, some light hop aroma sneaks in and some malt sweetness as well, sort of like a liqueur. Burnt toffee and burnt toast hit the buds at first as a creamy, buttery, and silky liquid eases across the tongue and slides down the throat. Thick viscous body with not much carbonation, but nice.... never had a brew like this in terms of palate. Very nice beer. I sure wish that my Uncle JZ was still with us to enjoy this one. This is definitely his kind of brew. An alcohol burn sneaks in at the finish as the burnt flavors mix on the back of the tongue quite nicely. As the beer warms, a sweetness emerges and combines well with the hops and the malt bitterness. This is top-notch stuff and I highly recommend this beer to all who enjoy the malt and hop.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
very dark and thick, small head dissipates quickly. bitter coffee and chocolate. have had this before, one of my favorite stouts
MrBunn (2374) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Bottle. Finally got around to rerating this awesome beer. I have made a couple of adjustments after trying loads of other imperial stouts. Simply put, I added to perfect scores for flavor and palate from 9 and 4, respectively. I simply see no way that this could be bettered in those categories.
Pours thick and so-dark with a orangish brown head. Aromas of burnt malt and chocolate which are also some of the first tastes. Subtle cream and nutmeg with orange (?) undertones are also there as is one heck of a kick that gives a nice warm sensation as it goes down. Great stuff...
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cellar Temp. Pours deep stout brown. Maintains a small deep brown head. Aroma is great, malty, warm, and chocolaty. This is like liquid chocolate with sharp alcoholic notes. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Great progression from front to back. Ends with a solid bitterness coated in a warm alcoholic burn. A pretty glorious stout.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Beerhandy for this! Poured very thick and black as night with a small frothy chocolate milk head. Aroma is chocolate, malt and coffee. Wow.. This is thick and creamy! great mouthfeel. Very strong beer but with a good balance. Sweet roast flavor with coffee, figs and bitter chocolate. Nice bitter hops finish with a big kick of alcohol. The best stout Iíve had yet!!!
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The blackest, thickest beer Iíve ever seen. I was tempted to feel some between my fingers to see it felt as thick as it looked. A big thick layer of creamy dark carmel head with little dark flecks. Very persistent, leaving thick sticky lace on the glass. Stunningly beautiful stuff. Aromas of chocolate, cognac, figs. Creamy. Very strong without being harsh. Bitter chocolate, really sweet carmel roasts that burst in the mouth for just a moment and then transition to warming dry alcohol. Nice graininess and peaty smoke. Palate is vast and mouthfilling, and with slow sipping, very smooth. This is so amazingly good! It would be fun to lay a few bottles down to age...but I canít really imagine it getting better than it is now. Besides, any closer to perfection and the gods would be angry and curse the people at Kalamazoo, and I donít want to be responsible for that.