black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
05 Bottled in April. I guess it takes that long to bottle condition before release. Pours super thick, dark, almost black color. A small dark caramel head formed that quickly receded. Aroma is of dark chocolate and coffee with hints of alcohol. At first taste, it is hard to believe that this stuff is 11.5%. Stone Impy stout has more alcohol presence than this monster. This beer is dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Very complex flavors. Typical impy stout characteristics but it seems to take those to the extreme. Bitterness seems to lend more towards roasty bitterness rather than hops. Very sweet malty caramel taste. Upon my last sip, I could see a good deal of sediment, which is typical of bottle-conditioned beers, but this was A LOT of sediment. Good stuff all around, doesnít quite have the complexity of Dark Lord, but it is damn close.
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours just a bottle of Pennzoil. Nice thick head. Hoppy, bitter, very thick mouthfeel. Like a very thick, very, very strong espresso. This is the stout to end all stouts, but I personally would not make it a habit to drink it.
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a very dark beer. The consistency was very unique. It had a lasting finish to it.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 Draught: Black pour, nice brown head. Flavor is a sweet sugary alcohol mixed with lots of burnt roasted malts, bitter sweet chocolate, slight coffee. Pretty damn hoppy very bitter but it is an imperial stout. Definitely a sipper and a great winter time beer.
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2006 Had during a beer tasting party. Poured black and had aroma or soy. Extremely full flavored but a little sticky on the palate. Would have to say it is fairly complete though and one of the better ones iíve had. very impressed with most bells beers.
joshuah (37) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours beautifully, very dark. Head is deep and full, stays with it for a long time. Smell is of dark tones , and very mocha/java coffee. Taste was a little too much at first, but grew on me and is very thick and strong.
HogTownHarry (6278) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Courtesy of my friend Dave B. Poured thick oily black with ruby highlights, an average fairly dark brown head - head is bigger when it warms - what an impy stout should look like. Aroma is a nice medley of dark chocolate, strong roast coffee, prunes, raisins, some hops and interesting vinous, woody and lactic notes too. Mouthfeel is extremely thick and creamy, as well as which just sets off the fine balance between the coffee bitterness and the roast malt - and the stewed prune and red wine character adds tartness, but incredibly this one finishes sweet, with almost a sarsaparilla finish, which gets progressively more bitter as it approaches room temperature. Truly one of the great imperial stouts. Well done.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 Mega-thick black pour with great, oatmeal coloured head. Aroma comes across very strongly of chocolate at first, but careful sniffing reveals subtle undertones of oak, cherry, raisin,maybe even some cooked rice (not in an adjunct sense though... more like the smell of a big bowl of asian rice right as it comes off the stove) . In the mouth this thing is like a chocolate milkshake its so thick, with a great symphony of flavors and great hoppy finish, though still its not as assertive as Iídve liked. Hard to find anything else wrong with this beer, still an amazing offering.
Fearless99 (14) - Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very thick, people say motor oil, but this is darker. tan head. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Could notice the high alcohol, but it wasnít overpowering the flavor. Roasted barley flavors are powerful throughout, and the taste lingers. Did I say it was thick?
beermakefat (3) - PAW PAW, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
excellent. my favorite brewery by far. perfect thickness. aroma is not as strong as the flavor which is misleading. too bad itís so expensive or my fridge would be stock full.