CMUBEERMAN (426) - - DEC 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2007 I’ve drank a shit load of this over the years. It’s the best stout you can find. Way better than 3 Floyd’s or Alesmith...despite their ratings. Big up Kalamazoo.
Need to re rate
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz brown bottle purchased from Armanetti’s, Mundelein, IL. Black hued beer with small diminishing head and spare lacing. Soft carbonation. Complex aromas of chocolate, expresso and prunes. Medium bodied that starts somewhat dry with light sweet malt, coffee and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes dry with long-lasting lingering bitterness and some prune and burnt barley aftertaste. Some alcoholic warmth. This is a very good dry drinkable stout
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very cold in a Imperial Pint glass. Dark, dark, dark. Almost no head. The aroma hits you instantly. Chocolate and coffee. The high alcohol is masked by the chocolate and the flavor just keeps getting better as it warms. Just a great stout.
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
In the words of my hero, Homer Simpson, "I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer..." He meant this beer. As soon as you pop the top, you get hit with the sweet flowery aroma of chocolate and coffee, then followed by roasted nuts. It pours as black as any stout I have every had. Tops with a dark brown thin head that doesn’t every go away. The first sips slaps your taste buds with the alcohol the quickly gives way to the chocolate sweetness that finishes with you wanting more. If you like a stout, this will spoil you. Just when you think you have had all the joy you can have with a beer...the flavor just gets better towards the end!
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 darkest beer i have had..... i hate comparing stouts to motor oil, but pouing this one looked like draining used motor oil that hasn’t been changed for about 25,319 miles,and with about the same amount of head....aroma is of sweet flowers and raisins and milk chocolate..... this beer is sinfully rich and delicious....the finish leave just a hint of bitter smokiness, and then the alcohol comes out nicely as it warms reminding you to be careful and drink this yummy brew slowly.....what a wonderful experience...........
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW.. What sweet nectar. The best beer I’ve had to date. Hands down. Pours super thick chocolate and roasted coffee. After you take a big sip. You get to lick your lips as it coats the inside and outside of you mouth. So thick and chewy that it leaves you in nirvana. If anyone doesn’t know how to describe “palate”, this beer is the poster child for it. so many sweet explosive flavors that leaves you yearning for more. The head of the beer is a deep mahogany brown with excellent lacing from top to bottom. The thin but frothy head lasted throughout the glass. Perfect measure of sweet, roasted nuts, almonds, coffee, prunes... it has tons of flavors. all in a melody just enough to keep the sweetness, alcohol, or coffee from being too overbearing. This thick and chewy nectar will leave you yearning for more... for days
mnurda (1239) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am new to Stout, but quite enjoyed this one. Great chocolate smell and very tasty.
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very full flavored imp stout. It has all the best qualities of the style. You can’t go wrong with this beer. Outstanding indeed !! Chocolatey, rich, with a complex blend of coffe and roated malts with just the right sweetness and bitteness. A great beer!!
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks to my Secret Santa FooFaa for this treat! Black as tar with a small milk chocolate colored foamy head. Ooohh, the smell…..you just know it’s gonna be so damned good when it smells this rich! It’s still quite cold being pulled from my cellar (the crawlspace under my house) and it’s about 20 out tonight, Brrrrr….I will let it sit for a few moments and warm up a bit. No indication of the DOP on the bottle so I’m not sure if it’s a young hoppy rascal or a smooth older more refined brew. Time to find out! Sweet nearly a syrupy quality to it. Just an amazing quantity of malts, the scents you’d expect from a quality stout, Dark Chocolate, Coffee, raisins, prunes just more intense than in your average stout. A floral, spicy hop presence and rich port wine, straight from the French Oak barrel….man this smells good! Oh Nirvana, I have attained thee…..an ambrosia of rich fruit flavors, thick and nearly chewy. There’s just so much going on in each sip, it nearly overwhelms the tastebuds…..Chocolate covered cherries, that is what first comes to mind, followed by the sweet nectar that I remember as a child, picking the small red flowers from Bottlebrush trees and licking the sweet sticky ends of them, a strong floral hop bitterness but it meshes oh so nicely with the other flavors. The rich Port wine come through also, a deliciously decadent sweet dessert sipper. Lip smackingly wonderful, I’m down to the last third of the glass and already wondering how I can get another bottle. My long relationship with Belgian Ales as my favorite style has come to an end. I have decided to run away with Impy.
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer made me feel kinda funny, like when we used to climb the rope in gym class. Yeah, it almost made me erect... it looked that good. The darkest beer I’ve ever had... juxtaposed beautifully with it’s creamy orange/ tan head. Smells of roasted things- coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Deep within it’s complex aroma I even spotted Burlap. I thought this was crazy untill I read a Micheal Jackson beer review of a Imperial stout and he used Burlap as a term to describe it as well. Flavor very similar to Rogue imperial stout- but the added complexity of bitter chocolate and coffee to balance out the raisiny qualities. Simply amazing.