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 (1655) - 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 (3000) - 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 (9722) - 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.
rajendra82 (1044) - 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 (2570) - 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 (2312) - 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