sfontain (807) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2005 Pours opaque black, motor oil; dark brown head. Aroma coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and cream; roasty. Flavor roasty coffee, alcohol evaporation and warmth in throat and stomach; mostly coffee/roast, but some chocolate and more lightly vanilla. Thick but too sticky. Too much roast/coffee for my tastes; very good though certainly a bit overrated.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Mr. Facto for this beer.
Pours thick onyx with a fizzy dark brown head that dissipated quickly. Heavy chocolate aroma. Taste is mostly of bittersweet chocolate with a prevelant alcohol sweetness (cherry character?) and burn. The bitterness soon takes over and moves into a finish of chocolate-covered espresso beans. The body is full and thick, which I have come to expect from Bellís stouts. The best imperial stout Iíve had thus far. However, for the purposes of casual drinking, I think Iíd be more apt to turn to the java or kalamazoo stout.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Complex aroma with chocolate, musty raisins, burnt molasses, and bourbon soaked plums. Some of these same smells are evident in the taste, with sweet chocolate overriding all other tastes. The high ABV is well masked, although it does rear its ugly head, albeit for a short moment, in the finish. Wow.
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. bottle (Thanks Hopscotch!) This stuff pours a deep black with a wispy brown head. Nice syurpy texture that leaves a brown coating on the glass. Nose is that of dark semi-sweet chocolate, expresso with a hint of cherry. Complex malts and hops does a great job of balancing the somewhat high ABV. Has a very plesant rich finish. Nothing left to say but I simply love this stuff. One of the best stouts Iíve ever tasted. Super brew!!
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle 2003 version. Oil sludge dumped into my glass. Brown head. Smokey, roasty, chocolate, what the hell else would you expect?? There are 411 reviews right now on this beer, so whatís the point in adding my mediocre taste description? I love this because it is massive and complex. Everything is done in harmony, yet monsterously so. One of the biggest and one of the best. Like mocha espresso in a 12oz bottle.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 #225 Pours black with a brown head that fades fast. Aroma is roasted malt,caramel,chocolate and coffee with hop undertones. Initial taste is caramel that fades to bitter chocolate and coffee. Has a dry coffee aftertaste would be my only complaint. Very complex and robust stout. One of the few stouts I could drink all the time. Gets a 20 overall, as itís my everyday beer. Have since tried a bottle believed to be 4yrs old. Scored a little less. Had a huge bourbon and caramel character to it. Finish was all bourbon/coffee. right now I prefer batch #6672 itís liquid gold.
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2003 version I believe...I am so glad I can get this any time! Pours a deep mahogany-closer to black with burgundy hints at the edges. No head at all. The aroma is dark chocolate with espresso bean and bourbon. Also a hint of sweetness (molasses?). The flavor reminds me of a chocolate covered espresso bean with a bit of dried cherry in there (deep down). Itís nice and bitter (perhaps a citrus type hop?) but well balanced. Delicious and flavorful! Rich! and somewhat oily mouth feel; really coats your tongue. An exceptional brew!
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Possibly my most favorite beer ever! Thanks to Sickboy282 for making my christmas possible. This beer poured a very opaque black w/ brownish red hues. Great lasting head and lacing. Roasty malts, soury fermented fruit and coffee on the nose... Roast and coffee w/ slight sour ferm fruit in the mouth. Dry and creamy w/ a very full body and nicely rounded on the mouthfeel.
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I thought Iíd accidentally grabbed a bottle of chocolate syrup until after the pour when the dark brown head began to increase to a three-finger topping to this pitch black brew. The aroma is of sweet but dark roasted malts with a touch of hopping and a hint of alcohol. This is very creamy in the mouth with some light carbonation. The flavor is of slighty sweet, roasted malt, burnt chocolate, mild hop bitterness, and some alcohol. Nice warming, roasty, alcohol finish.
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 Thick chocolate head. Dark in color. Head looks a lot like hot chocolate. Aroma was of hop and coffee malt with a slight grapefruit scent and alcohol overtones. Palate had good carbonation. It was a little sticky. The slightly creamy palate gets really thick and wonderful when you let it rest in your mouth for 20 seconds. I retried this again. It is more appealing each time. Other than the slight alcohol finish, this is as good as it gets (in what Iíve tried) for imperial stouts. Although, Iím soon to purchase a bunch of Dark Lords... :) 8, 5, 9, 4, 18 = 4.4
Had a 6811 vintage bottle last night (1/9/08). Holding up like a champ. The aroma was phenomenal!!!