rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Arriving as a part of a trade from clvand0, this beer was in an ordinary looking brown 12 oz. bottle. Once the cap was popped the word ordinary left my vocabulary immediately.
Very thick and viscous with a dark brown body and little to no head to speak of, this was one robust looking drink. The lack of head is understandable given the strength of the beer.
The aroma was roasty and vinous with chocolate, coffee, smoke, raisins, and roasted grains abounding. The taste was mellow and smooth, with flavors of dark chocolate, creamed coffee, toffee, and raisins soaked in brandy. With all the sweet and roasty flavors, the hop bitterness had taken a back seat.
Mouthfeel was thick and tongue numbingly rich. The aftertaste was a bit peppery and alcoholic.
Very nice example of an Imperial Stout.
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a dark black color w/ a very sparse dark tan head... caries a malty scent w/ hints of hopps and a slightly sweet back.. incredibly rich and creamy it just feels great in your mouth. The flavor had hints of coffee, chocoolate, roasted malts all blended very nicely.. this was a great! beer.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 black viscous pour with little, reddish brown head...sweet chocolate aroma with hints of molasses, coffee, and fruits....perfect creamy palate; flavor is abundant of coffee, chocolate, molasses....very TOASTY!! what a wonderful, mostly inexpensive beer
stogieman21 (5) - COLDWATER, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
An awesome stout. Dark,chocolate, malty, rich tasting stout. Goes great with a la gloria cubana maduro. One of favorites.
pineypower (2509) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2004 Pours out a dark black with a thickness like that of crude oil. Right off the bat you can smell a nice complex aroma of chocolate and a touch of hop. The taste is very complex with notes of chocolate, malts and then some coffee with a nice finish of hops. A wonderful brew and even better enjoyed with a nice heavy cigar.
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 first off thanks to atpayne for the bottle.
now its rating time!!!!
poured out like motor oil with no head at all.smelled like cherries and a bit of citurs.as for the flavor....?DAMN!very complex.starts out with a bit of cherries,then malts,then chocolate,then coffe,and a bit of hops at the end.this is outstanding!i need more!!!!!!! BOTTLE FROM BBB63)black body with brown highlights around the glass.no head to speak of.aroma has melted together perfectly.i pick up chocolate,dark fruit,cherry,coffee,roasted malts,and brownies.flavor mixes up the aroma along with powdered cocoa and some oxidation.mouthfeel is silky smooth and i cant detect any alcohol at all.seems like it may be a bit past its prime,but its still really damn good.(BOTTLE FROM APRIL OF 2005,RATED MAY OF 2007)WOW....DID I SAY WOW!?CUZ I MEANT IT.this must be right around its prime cuz i cant see it getting any better than this.everything has come together very nicely.its a damn good thing i have another bottle.
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pure black with a frothy hot chocolate head. Sweetish nose - milk chocolate, caramel, some piney hop. Absolutely beautiful creamy body. Flavor is extremely sweet, rich chocolaty malt. Mint, piney hops, milk. Spicy alcohol finish. A smoother & more complex Old Rasputin. I’d love to do a homebrew along the lines of this.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2006 The aroma is very chocolaty with the darkest head I’ve ever seen. It is very opaque black with a large rocky head. This beer was excitign to sip! Lots of malt with a nice bitter hop aftertaste. It was super creamy and got better as it warmed.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Squeezed in between a Ruination and a Crustacean. Kick butt, malty, earthy, bready, smoked, sweet aroma. Thick, chewy brew, not much head (that should have tipped me off to the alc content), thin lace. Will have to come back to this again.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2004
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I gotta be honest, my eyes are dim, my hearing is attenuated and my sense of smell is mostly gone. I have been given every beer I rated a 5 in the aroma category so as not to give an advantage based on undetectable (for me) qualities. Here I make an exception. How else can I give a score that this beer deserves? It had a tight, dark head with staying power. The hops balanced the burnt grain caramel sweetness to give a stong taste that was also smooth. The mouth was left with hints of chocolate and coffee. I drank it slowly to prolong the experience but will hurry out to obtain some more.