brainskins (14) - evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great beer ! Pours Black as midnight,
black as pitch, blacker than the foulest witch! No head at first - but wait - quickly a deep tan head forms. The nose is roasty with chocolate and raisin. Delicious coffee chocolate raisin roasty flavor with a bit of hoppy bitterness. Good lacing on the glass. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. This is one of the best stouts out there.
Blackduck18 (10) - USA - NOV 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Probably the Darkest beer that I have ever tasted. The initial tast of this beer was excellent and had a very sweet taste. The after taste was less desirable though. There was a very prevalent taste of coffee left on the palate once I was finshed drinking this beer.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Sick_boy282 & sick_girl282... you two are the bestest!!!! Pours a solid black color (mmmm, i think i’m already drooling and i haven’t even tried it yet) with a virtually non-existent tan head. Aroma is roasty and very heavy, but so damn yummy! Flavor is so rich and delicious, one of the first thoughts that comes to my head is to put a little of this on some good homemade vanilla ice cream (i know, kind of random). Has the perfect amount of roastiness and warming qualities. It’s beers like this that helped me realize my love of stouts!
lethe (177) - New York, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The look of this beer is imposing and exciting as it is a black, imposing pour. The aroma is so rich and complex that it seems the flavor could never contain all that is advertised. Never fear, however, as the first smooth taste rewards with myriad flavors that is most prominently of raisin and chocolate. An amazing brew that is endlessly rich.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Pours thick and black with a fine mocha-colored head and sweet aromas of dark chocolate, espresso, and toffee. Great bitterness and a pleasantly prominient alcohol character provides the foundation for a variety of roasted flavors hinted at in the nose. All this contained within an exquisitely plush, smooth body with no rough edges. Finishes long and warm. Great stuff.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice black color with a brown head. The taste is sweet and roasted with coffee and liquorice notes. Has a nice alcohol warmth on the palate. Very nice.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Vintage. Next to Founders Imperial Stout, this is my favorite Impy. I’d drink this over Dark Lord any day, and at a fraction of the cost. A well balanced masterpiece of malt and hops, blending notes of chocolate and coffee with raisans and dried currants. A dense and delicious mouthfeel with a finish that goes on and on.
jonas (5978) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Bottle - sampled at the RBESP 2005
Double-plus black, creamy dark brown head.
Chocolate and coffee aroma, quite sweet.
Flavor continues along those lines, coffee and chocolate, licorice, slight band-aid.
Medium body - raisin plus c&c aftertaste.
9er (82) - Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2005
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2013 WOW!! This a dayum good yummy ass beer. It has the right amount of carbonation for my taste and this SWEET stout is a rich balance with rasin hops and malts. The complex flavor dances around the tongue and lingers a bit with a pleasant after-taste. The sweetness is definately the dominating charactistic in this selection and there is a slight coffee aroma w/o being bitter anywhere in the mouth.
Dorwart (2410) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 (Rerate) Ok, lets try this again. Thin dense dark brown head of very fine bubbles. Recedes to a thin spotty wisp of foam. Very respectable head reappears upon swirling. Intense sweet and roasty aroma. Raisins, brown sugar, cocoa and sweet and roasty malts. Quite yummy. Rich and roasty flavor too. Noticable alcohol presence and warming. Loads of roasted malts, brown sugar, bittersweet dark chocolate and some dark coffee late swallow. Still a little zippy in the mouth from a slight sourness/tartness. Finish is long and creamy and very roasty. Leaves the gums tingling from the alcohol. A pretty damn good impy but not quite as good as I expected. Rating adjusted.
(2003) I am very worried about this brew from the looks of it. Poured from at least 8 inches into my glass and got absolutely no head. No bubbles, no foam, no nothing. There should have been something there. Thick black and syrupy looking. Roasty and oxidized aroma. Slight funk sourness with a bit of soy sauce and smoke. Little reddish brown around the edges. Flavor is rich and malty. Not much sourness there. Big alcohol kick with roasted grains, molassas, dark chocolate. Very thick and syrupy. Almost cough syrup like. Flat in the mouth. Something is definately off with this one. There was quite a bit of head space in this bottle for it to be good for aging. Finish is strong and roasty and grainy. Leaves an oily coating in the mouth. Will have to try this one again as I think that there is something wrong with this bottle.