brentfeesh (1208) - 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 (5570) - 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 (3357) - 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!!!
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Kevin42 for sharing this í03 offering in the parking lot of the Old Monk... Where do I begin? Pours nice and thick, and settles beautifully. The taste is mega-full and loaded with malt and chocolate. One of the best beers Iíve ever had.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black with a medium brown head.
Amazing aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, bitter dark chocolate. Flavor matched up to the aroma. Sweet roasted malt flavor that dries quickly due to a nice hop bitterness. Hints of dark chocolate, molasses, coffee. Great
mouthfeel! Very smooth and silky.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thick black with nice brown head. Aroma chococlate, caramel, choc. malt. Velvet, creamy, sweet, smooth chocolate, coffee, slightly sweet flavor. Alc present in flavor only as it warms. Excellent.
Cdog (32) - Farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very dark stout. Strong burnt or dark roasted coffee taste. The head could have had better retention, and the beer had a little wine like taste as it finished rolling on the tounge. great balance.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. bottle. Very small dark tan head. Color is black. Aroma is roasty and soy saucy. Palate is full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. There are dark, roasty flavors with a good amount of bitterness. This is what an Imperial stout is supposed to taste like! Excellent beer! Thanks Humulone Red!
pdoyleusa (17) - Clinton Twp., Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
DARK, ROASTED, TOASTED, BURNT BLACK MALT. There is little left to say. Ale Aficionados know what a good stout is, this is IT.
Oh, the balance of malt/hops/alcohol is beyond exceptional, me like.