Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to whoever brought this to the Pp Blegian Beer Fest...It pous with a dark brown body topped by a medium thick, off-whtie head with a good amount of lacing. Itís slightly sweet and malty with a bitter note and a little graininess as well as a touch of alcohol. Itís ful bodied, slightly dry and warming.
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black with a small tan creamy head that left nice lacing on the glass. Roasty dry, earthy, wood, and nuts in the aroma. Smoked and burnt malts, roasted coffee, hop bitterness and a warm alcohol finish. Thanks Jeff!
TAR (2389) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft: Dark crimson. Lush collar of caramel foam. Intriguing nose of mashed currants, cedary alcohol, fir tips, and meaty molasses. Prunes, toffee, and seared cane sugar undertones with a faint roasty twang. Fuzzy, mouth-filling carbonation. Fairly oily body. Toasty, tightly structured flavors with hints of molasses and seared sugar. Alcoholic warmth is present, and dries it out, but the flavor, itself, is masterfully concealed. Sprucelike hops lend juiciness and tightly prickly bitterness, which highlight the burnt malt/alcohol dryness. Rich, yet velvety soft, bed of chocolate malt continues to suppress the alcohol while blanketing the palate. Tongue-tingling black licorice and tannin flavors submit to the firm roasted wood notes. Burnt malts splashed with anise deepen the roast. Leather and dried fruit astringency fuse with the minty alcohol and bitterly salty charred malts to lend a fair amount of dryness. The versatility of beer is befuddling. Such a unique aroma, balanced complexity, and well-hidden alcohol, yet substantially warm and sustaining. This is a dead-on rendition of the style, and then some, which only comes to life in a snifter at the 60F-70F mark, unlike the frigid temps and aroma-inhibiting glassware exhibited at the brewery. The Baltic states would be damn proud!
smoosh (533) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2007 Draft - roasty and raisiny aroma. Dark, nearly black with a small light brown head that dissipates quickly. Deeply sweet with molasses and raisins. A little thin in body, pretty nice overall.
Bottle - big aroma of roasty malt, raisin and alcohol. The body is nearly black, but a purple will come through if held to the light. A beige head is quickly gone. This batch is thick and creamy as would be expected of an 11% brew. Flavor is more robust than I remembered. This batch is not overly sweet. There is much chocolate, but it seems to be more finished. This brewery can be up and down, but when they hit - they really hit. Their bigger beers seem to be their best and this one is very good!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2004: Nearly opaque dark brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma is nice and full boasting plenty of sweet caramel and roasted malts. Body starts with a nice caramel sweetness but thins toward the finish and could hide its alcohol better as a result. Overall a decent imperial porter, but more body, balance and complexity wouldnít hurt.