Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 12 oz. Thanks a bundle to OhioDad. Very very thick black pour. Opaque in the glass with a full brown head over it that didnít last long. Smells like coffee and roast, with some sharp hop notes. Incredibly full, thick mouthfeel. The flavor is exceptionally full and complex roasted malt with a sharp hop bitterness that follows. The alcohol, while present, was not overpowering but did warm as you swallow. This is a luxurious, sinful beer. Exceptional.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle. With a moderate pour, a rich, satin brown head developed. The beer itself was as opaque black as youíd expect from an imperial stout. Nose of roasty coffee and chocolate, alcohol vapor, caramelized sugar and molasses. Flavor was quite similar along with some crystal malt sweetness and a tad of acidity. Hops lend a satisfying bitterness to complement that of the roasted malt. Alcohol was still definitely present but not to the point of being detracting. Was on the drier side of the Imperial stout spectrum. The mouthfeel was thick like a milkshake and very smooth. One of the top IS Iíve had the pleasure of trying along with Old Rasputin, Stone RIS, and Brooklyn BCS.
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a compact mahogany head, completely opaque, intricate lacing left behind on my snifter. Aroma is mostly roasty and chocolatey, also caramel and alcohol notes, not overpowering at all. Flavor is a lot of chocolate, hints of coffee, lots of roastiness and a bit of a harsh matiness, ethanol taste, and the finish is exceedingly bitter. Mouthfeel is rich, lightly carbonated, a little oily. Overall, a great brew, though I think that Speedway and the Stone Imperials are certainly a clear step above. In any event, still a real treat. Iíll proably drink another one of these and cellar the rest of my six-pack to see how the flavors develop over time.
ahole (38) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost zero head...Motor oil color. Rich and creamy mouth feel, interrupted by a slight nip of carbonation, coating the tongue with roasted malt aftertaste. Starts sweet on the tongue but rapidly contorts to a strong bitter malty flavor. Definate chocolate and coffee presence. This beer has a very heavy feel to it. Very good!
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Out of a bottle,thanks rich,aroma chocolate,coffee,roasty. Beautiful black color chocolate foamy head. Taste was great chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Finish was dry with a bitter note. Definitely asked to be drank more and I was more than willing. Damn good hoping for more.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Finally, my 100th rating. Pours beautiful and black. Thick and black. Lots of sediment at the bottom. Aroma was good, albeit a little weak for an impy stout. It had the typical smell of chocolate, coffee, licorice, and chocolate covered cherries. First sip ... boy is that roasty. Loads of roasted malts in there. At first, it finishes very dry from the malts and a slight hint of hops in the background. Toward the second half of the bottle, it gets a little sweeter, and thereís tastes of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Like all impy stouts, the mouthfeel is full and chewy. It reminded me a lot of Brooklyn Black Chocolate, but a little dryer and roastier. Donít get me wrong, this was good, but the roastiness was a bit over the top. Thanks to <a href="http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?Us slob for the awesome trade!
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 Pours a pitch black color, thereís absolutly no highlights at all, it looks like a liquid black hole, on top of this black entity rests a little light brown ring of lace. Excellent aroma of thick, round, rich roasted malt, chocolate and subdued alcohol. Amazing flavor of rich roasted malt,chocolate with a strong bitter finish. The body is medium with a dry texture, the carbonation level is moderate. Thatís an amazing imperial stout, many thanks to csbosox for sending this.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2005 Thanks to Matta for this most appreciated b-day gift. If it is true that high viscosity oil helps protect engine parts from thermal breakdown then I am now ready for a trip to the sun. Talk about thick! It really does make glup sounds as it plops into the bottle. I love stouts and porters, but I tend not to like Imperial Stouts. This IS while a dream to look at and having near perfect mouthfeel, was too much for my tastebuds. The huge level of hops and burnt malty flavors just overwhelm me. I know some folks canít get enough, but then some folks like the taste of oysters and soy sauce. It is definitely a very unique beer which is why I rate it highly, but I personally would never seek out another.
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 Poured a powerful opaque black with thin caramel head. Aroma consisted of a massive amount of roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, nutmeg, and a hint of cinnamon assaulted the taste buds. The complexity of this beer enveloped and assaulted each and every one of my taste buds. There was bitterness from the hops and the dark chocolate... roasted chocolate and coffee from the malts... and various spices. Very well balanced. Beer was creamy and thick, almost to the point of being chewy. Aftertaste was as if I just finished a fine cup of coffee or some espresso... only the warming effect was not from the temperature of the beverage :) Fantastic!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 Bumping this blessed beer up a point in flavor because it is consistently one of the best damn beers on Godís green earth. The original review...
Oh yeah. Thick ass pour and black as night. I think I even saw some sediment chunk out near the end. Head looks like a spider web thinly stretched over dewed grass in the morning, with some skittish tan coloring along the inside edge of the snifter. Aroma is laden with roasted malt, molasses, dark chocolate and charred hazelnuts. Rich, rich, rich. Hits the mouth and is thick and delicious. Roasted malts are prominently featured. Flavoring suggests slow-dripped French roast coffee. Taste evolves from the initial dark, semi-sweet chocolate visage to a creamy milk chocolate complexity in the aftertaste. Bells has nearly achieved perfection with this one. Splendid bitterness with a malt backbone so thick that you could eat this with a spoon. Sinisterly dense as can be. Slowly oozes across the palate. I bet my teeth will now permanently bare marks inflicted by this mother load.