BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to my boy Tom for this one. Poured a viscous black with little brown head. Very pleasing aromas of chocolate covered raisons and coffee. Extremely creamy chocolatey malty goodness. The creamyness is cut by an alcoholic twang and a bitter coffee finish. Very tasty.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brad. Oily black w/ tan head. Head is creamy and thick. Nose of bourbon and whiskey w/ a slight hint of milk chocolate. Taste is velvety chocolate w/ a great bitterness and bite in the end. lots of chocolate, light bourbon.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle: Pours an opaque black with a tall hilly brown head. Aromas were rather mellow, no outstanding chocolate scents, mostly roasty notes on top of a solid malt backbone. Flavor seems to showcase the dark chocolate a bitter more with a dry bitter sweetness, still lots of roast. Heavy and coating mouthfeel, finishes slightly dry and sweet.
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is to imperial stouts what Fullers London Porter is to robust chocolate porters, i.e., a somewhat mild and subdued variant of such. I would have thought this falls into the "sweet stout’ category if I didn’t know any better. Aroma mild but pleasing. Palate coarse and roasty. Flavor with standard chocolate-malt tones, nothing surprising here. Appearance satisfactory. 8/10.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vinous chocolate and dried fig aroma. No roasty malts in the aroma at all. Dark black with a thin, brown head that fades. Initially the flavor is a sweet, dried fruit flavor but then it quickly changes to a bitter roasted oatmeal and barley flavor which then fades again into a chocolaty finish. Wow, surprisingly complex flavor. Medium full body, sorta creamy texture. Doesn’t come off as thick at all compared to some other imperial stouts. Dry finish..it is leaving me feeling dry and chalky. Very enjoyable. Thanks to Zathrus13 for this bonus.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
’01-’02 Bottle. Aroma chocolate/licoricce/roasty. Appearance, black as motor oil, with a faint brown head that fades quickly. Taste is strong roasted and chocolate. Quite sharp. Sweet finish. Very thick and heavy. A great sipping beer.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite odd to drink this on a warm summer day. This is heavy stuff. It’s completely black. Flavor is powerful and lingers in my mouth forever. Thanks to Papsø for assisting in rating the aroma. And for helping me drink it.
Sregnar35 (1014) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, if you like a really chocolaty stout, grab this now. Reminds me a lot of the samuel adam’s chocolate bock, great strong flavor.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
04 Bottle. Pours a very nice black with a tan head. What a wonderful roasted chocolate coffee aroma. Hops are very muted in this beer. This beer explodes in dark-chocolately and roasted malt flavors, with some relatively well hidden alcohol warming. Nice smooth mouthfeel and some moderate bitterness closes this beer. Awesome stuff.
MattShizzle (549) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2012 Excellent representative of an Imperial stout! My favorite beer of that style. Very strong.