kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
very dark and thick, small head dissipates quickly. bitter coffee and chocolate. have had this before, one of my favorite stouts
MrBunn (2588) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Bottle. Finally got around to rerating this awesome beer. I have made a couple of adjustments after trying loads of other imperial stouts. Simply put, I added to perfect scores for flavor and palate from 9 and 4, respectively. I simply see no way that this could be bettered in those categories.
Pours thick and so-dark with a orangish brown head. Aromas of burnt malt and chocolate which are also some of the first tastes. Subtle cream and nutmeg with orange (?) undertones are also there as is one heck of a kick that gives a nice warm sensation as it goes down. Great stuff...
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cellar Temp. Pours deep stout brown. Maintains a small deep brown head. Aroma is great, malty, warm, and chocolaty. This is like liquid chocolate with sharp alcoholic notes. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Great progression from front to back. Ends with a solid bitterness coated in a warm alcoholic burn. A pretty glorious stout.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Beerhandy for this! Poured very thick and black as night with a small frothy chocolate milk head. Aroma is chocolate, malt and coffee. Wow.. This is thick and creamy! great mouthfeel. Very strong beer but with a good balance. Sweet roast flavor with coffee, figs and bitter chocolate. Nice bitter hops finish with a big kick of alcohol. The best stout I’ve had yet!!!
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The blackest, thickest beer I’ve ever seen. I was tempted to feel some between my fingers to see it felt as thick as it looked. A big thick layer of creamy dark carmel head with little dark flecks. Very persistent, leaving thick sticky lace on the glass. Stunningly beautiful stuff. Aromas of chocolate, cognac, figs. Creamy. Very strong without being harsh. Bitter chocolate, really sweet carmel roasts that burst in the mouth for just a moment and then transition to warming dry alcohol. Nice graininess and peaty smoke. Palate is vast and mouthfilling, and with slow sipping, very smooth. This is so amazingly good! It would be fun to lay a few bottles down to age...but I can’t really imagine it getting better than it is now. Besides, any closer to perfection and the gods would be angry and curse the people at Kalamazoo, and I don’t want to be responsible for that.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ebony color, brown head. Fuller aroma, dark chocolate, heaps of roasted malt, prune, and actually some hops. Full flavored, dark fruit, dark chocolate, light coffee, pretty roasty, light alcohol and good hoppy bitterness to balance. Fuller bodied, some alcohol present. Really good stuff. Thanks rudolf.
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 8, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Hey, KBC, how about a freshness date? What? Would it kill you to do it? I’ll digress. Poured out a deep chocolate brown color, with a tan colored head.
Aromas are of roasted malts, stale coffee, and alcohols. Some wine soaked prune aromas as well. Flavors of over-roasted coffee beans, along with some charcoal notes. Medium body, coats the tongue well. Slight bitterness from the hops, but still unbalanced, IMHO.
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Inky black with a medium brown head. Aromas of roasted espresso malt, resin hops and a hint of raisin. Flavor is well balanced. A lightly sweet roasted flavor changing to a very bitter finish which mellows to a toasted chocolaty-espresso aftertaste. Palate is full, but not as full as some. Oily texture with a soft carbonation. The raisin-fruit taste comes out as it warms. It took me 45 minutes to finish this bottle.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 2003 Bottle. Pours a glistening supple pitch black, with a sheen of glossy opalescense. Finely rimmed with a pencil line of tan. Aroma flows of milky belgian chocolate, tangy black currant jam, and a shot of espresso. Some coarser wild chokecherry and rustic woodsmoke notes intermingle. A gentle warming from mulled wine rises from the depths, pushing aside more gentle ginger snaps and boughs of cedar. A lascivious syrup of dexterity. Oily, dense and concentrated yet showing forth such dainty and finely hued tones, building into a firey inferno of charred animal flesh amongst a scene of strength and barbaric savagry. At first, gentle dark berries, blackberry, currants and some black cherries jogging side by side with a constant flow of whipped hazlenut butter and clotted cream. Building further into rushing madness of unecumbered dry toast and barbeque. Fresh seared ahi amongst crumbled blue cheese and walnuts. Delicate, yet bold. Palate remains somewhat unrefined, show hints of a gin habit and a penchant for a warm chocolate pipe during a morning fishing session. Mellowed from the years.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to styles: Deep, dark brown that is near black with the tiniest of heads, colored tan brown. This smells quite rich and has some vinous qualities. Plenty of roasted malt and chocolate combine with plum, cherry, wet cardboard (not as in infected), and some restrained spicy yeast or spicy hops to give a dark aroma. Full bodied with light carbonation and a slick, velvety palate. The mouth feel is just fantastic here - lightly spritzy carbonation, full, creamy, thick, and yet very drinkable. The taste is full of roasted malt, coffee, burnt chocolate, port, red wine, cherry, chalk, tar, a light spicyness, and a slight alcohol burn towards the end. Glad I asked for a few bottle of this so I can see how it lays down for a few years.