lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle, the remnant of a case I picked up in Eastern PA in mid-February 2003. (Review Sept 2003)
This is more like it...
Pitch black. Pours a thick brown head that quickly swells to 2 inches and then recedes to 1/4 inch. Lacing is evident.
Aroma is complex. Nutty and chocolatey, bitter and sweet. Hint of bananas and cream.
Taste lives up to the smell. Sweet nutty chocolate gives way to bitter roasted malt. Hint of nutmeg. Big beer. Lingers on the back of the tongue. One of the better stouts I have tasted.
zathrus13 (1730) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
04-05 bottle. Pours dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas are roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, chocolate and wine. Flavors are coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and small amounts of dark fruit and wine. Nicely done.
jtw (1133) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, winter 04-05 release. chocolate, winey alcohol, roast barley, some starchy oatmeal-like residual sugars in the aroma. taste is similar to the aroma, with some oak and chalk flavors as well. surprisingly dry on my tongue for a ’chocolate’ imperial stout. like a better version of old rasputin, with a little less alcohol burn.
oh6gdx (21607) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 04-05 vintage. Black opaque, brown head. Very thick beer. Weak roasted malty and chocolatish aroma. Strong flavour of alcohol and licorace. Also some caramellish and roasted hints. Too strong alcoholic taste for me. Bitter dark chocolate in finish. I wonder if something was wrong with this bottle, as no-one else has commented the alcohol taste.
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma has hints of fruit, maybe black raspberry and sweet bread, maybe the slightest bit of ammoniac. The taste is very smooth, velvety with a rich chocolate impression. The head was dark toffee colored, a very thick beer.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice. Pours very dark brown with very little head. The aroma has a powerful wine feel to it along with chocolate, caramel. coffee and barley. The taste is very soothing with wine, coffee, caramel and bitter chocolate. I could use more chocolate malts. Good stuff though.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, low compact brown head. Big aroma of blck chocolate and espresso. Full flavour of coffee, cocoa poder, figs and of course black coffee. Long full aftertaste.
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle 04-05 vintage: the pour is black with a creamy dary tan head. the aroma is strong of coffee, chocolate, roasted grains, with hints of smoke and caramel. i dont really smell and dark fruits like i expected to. the flavor is of sweet milk chocolate upfront. it the transitions to a more mocha, coffee, dark chocolatey roast flavor that lingers. hints of licorice and dark fruit are in there somewhere. there are also some spicy smokey flavors, maybe tobacco, but i cant quite put my finger. i feel that the 8.5% is hidden quite well.
JoeMcPhee (8788) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 04/05 bottling, 1 year old now. Jet black beer with a thick, light brown head, sticky lace. Gorgeous semi-sweet chocolate, light saltiness, prunes, a bit of peppery alcohol in the nose as well. Flavour is amazing. A year has brought the chocolate to the fore. The bitterness has diminished quite a bit, leaving a sweet dark chocolate flavour behind. Full-bodied and slightly sticky feeling in the mouth. Moderate roastiness, but plenty of dried fruit. Finishes sweet, with a touch of coffee, light spice and pepper. Amazing.
04/05 bottling. Pitch black with a thick fine-grained head. Sticky lacing. Sweet milk chocolate and malted milk aroma, with a light touch of salty licorice that intensifies as the beer warms. Full-bodied, chocolatey sweetness up front, a bit of dark fruit (prunes) and molasses in the middle before a big roasty and bitter finish. Very good brew.
07/08 drunk fresh. Pitch black with a huge sticky dark brown head. Aroma is loaded with bittersweet chocolate, soft fruit and charred malts. The flavour is sweet and sticky with a heavy roasty chocolatey sweetness. Good balance, warming alcohol. Full bodied with sweet raisin/prunes that comes out as the beer starts to warm up. Very chewy and earthy. Lovely beer, although I think it is better at about a year old.
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stouby (3866) - Holbæk, DENMARK - APR 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, in GB, Winter 04-05.
Black with dark brown head, normal size, mostly diminishing. Good lacings. Aroma of burnt malt (dark chocolate) and hops. Flavor of dark chocolate, bitter, long duration. Medium body, oily, soft carbonated. The alcohol is felt.