Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Bottle- Aroma is much differant the other Imperial Stouts Iíve had, peanut butter, chocolate, a bit of butterscotch. Body is black, no head formed. Served probably a little too cold, but coffee, and bittersweet chocolate stand out in the most after the first sip. Gets a bit nutty, hops are present in the background, very subdued. Alcohol is perfectly covered.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 2002. Pours a thick black body with no head, really no carbonation whatsoever. Aroma is very roasty, with chocolate and espresso. Flavor is similar: bitter cocoa and coffee, as well as some cherry. Very intense with the high alcohol fairly well-masked. Stouts usually arenít my cup of tea, but this was great. It seems to have aged well.
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2004 Pours like motor oil. The head was two inches thick & never collapsed. Creamy, heavy mouthfeel, sweet body, nice balanced top hopping, middle flavors are wonderful, gentle aroma hops. Ass kicking stout. There are scant few beers available that can top this one for me. Essential beer.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a very nice brown, dark chocolate. Aroma was almost an espresso. Very thick and chewy in texture with hints of coffee, cream and toffee with a decent amount of hops. One of my new favorites.
vtrain (14) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great pour- nice dark color. Brown head was perfect in appearance. Lemon nose was eye-opening and smooth. Rich velvet sip, fantastic texture that massages the mouth & tongue. Lemon taste goes on from the nose with a little butter & caramel finish.
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Totally dark with a mocha colored head and good lacing. Roasted malt aroma offered up whiffs of licorice, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit (plums/prunes). Smooth as a dessert wine with a full-bodied flavor and enough carbonation to keep the palate from becoming too gummy. Brown bread, bitter chocolate, bountifully hopped taste, with a long, lingering finish. Thanks, Bert.
Gorbalev (2988) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Jercraigs was nice enough to share some with me on his 1000th rating - congrats! Pitch black pour, dark brown head - looked like the colour of those little caramel cubes I used to eat as a kid. Huge in your face sweet taste mixed with more look at me bitter hop flavours - all combined in a perfectly balanced beer. A unique lingering flavour at the end - alcohol mixed with hops. Overall, a very well done, drinkable imperial stout that is unique enough to stand on its own.
sixpackcharley (19) - barclay, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thick molassess pours from the plainly decorated bottle. Little head and a sweetly bitter palate mean serious brew for the unexpecting. A meal in itself-not a beer for the light hearted!
jercraigs (8276) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 2008-04-13. Pitch black body, a foamy smooth brown head fades. (4+) Big aroma of vinous, lightly fruit malt, hint of roast in the back. (7+) Flavour is mostly rich malt with a deep vein of vinous fruit notes through it, roast notes show up, especially in the finish where they linger long into the aftertaste. (7+) Smooth, oily medium to full bodied palate. Still rather nice, but I think it has lost a step while waiting in the queue in my fridge. 7/4/8/4/15 - 3.9 Bottle, approximately 2 years old, shared with Mabel.
<P>November 2004. Deep black body with a gorgeous dark tan head. Beautifully subtle but omnipresent aroma of dark chocolate and fruit is overcome for a moment by a surge of alcohol with a swirl of the glass. Thick oily palate. The flavour expedition is lead by a dark rich chocolate guide, immediately followed by the bossy and less cordial assistant, roasty bitterness. Very nicely balanced, leaning towards the bitter side. Touch of hops and alcohol linger in the finish. Was blown away by how much I actually liked this. Thanks VERY much for this bottle Gunny. A fitting Top 50 beer for my 1000th Rating. #99 to 1000, Call it the Gretzky play! 8/5/9/4/18 - 4.4 Bottle, shared with Tupalev
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Pours thick and black, with a nice size cappuccino head. The head subsides after time and leaves good lacing. Tasted at 54 degrees out of the cellar (basement closet). Malty, inviting aroma. The beer is really full with huge flavors such as coffee/chocolate, with a nice kick of hops to give it a floral? taste and a dry, bitter (in a good way) finish. Itís like drinking a beautiful stout/porter and a great IPA all in one beer. I bought 2 six-packs; hopefully I can let some age for a while and see how it changes, though that might prove difficult.
Re-rate: Tasted as part of a 7 beer imperial stout/porter tasting. Dark black color with a thin tan head, coats the glass! Citrus peels, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate aroma. The flavor comes in waves. Initially itís all malt, then citrus peels and bittersweet chocolate covered cherries/raspberries, then cocoa and a hint of coffee. Dry finish with incredible flavor. The consistency is like whole milk. This is what an imperial stout should taste like.
2002 bottle tasted in Dec í07 Thanks Indra! This has been cellaring for 5+ years. Aroma is cocoa, molasses, roast, dark rum, coffee ice cream. Taste is roasty and sweet with dark fruits and some lighter fruits, anise, and sweet cream. The flavor is very smooth and lacks the malt/hops peaks and valleys of a younger expedition. It is a graceful older beer that seems to have lost some of itís brashness, but is more a of a regal older gentleman.