barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 03-04 bottle from TAR. classic opaque russian imperial stout color with a quickly fading tan head. swirling the black brew in my glass, aromas of expresso and dark bittersweet chocolate rise up to hit my nostrels. upon taking a first sip,flavors of the same expresso and bittersweet chocolate hit the tongue. the medium body of this impy. stout belies everything else there is about this great brew. on the finish, hints of smoke and molasses hit the tongue. as the beer warms, an acidic taste makes an appearance, but is not overpowering. all things considered, this is one hell of a good beer. there is a complexity to it but is yet smooth and delightful.
I have an 04-05 bottle cellered from Rich that I will rate after it has had a chance to age. Thx Jeff, I really enjoyed this one.
12/20/05 - 04-05 bottle from Richlikebeer. Iím not changing the rating numbers but thought Iíd add a few comments about this batch. the aroma was all chocolate! the flavors were more towards the coffee/exspresso notes. slightly more full bodied than I remember the 03-04 version being. I have an 05-06 bottle from Lou waiting in the wings.
Dorwart (2413) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2006 Vintage 2000-2001. Decent sized dark brown head of very fine bubbles. Settles slowly. Very creamy on top. Almost no carbonation. AWESOME Aroma. Rich and alcoholic. Almost as if it has been bourbon barrel aged. Nice and roasty with some vanilla, raisins and molasses. Bit of cocoa also. Black in color. Wow, flavor is almost as good as the aroma. Strong coffee, dark chocolate, decent bitterness, blast of alcohol and tons of roasted malts that make it thick, syrupy and creamy. Long, burnt malts and coffee finish. Slight carbon finish with a slight bit of chalkyness but it does not detract form the wonderful sensation in the mouth with this brew. An excellent brew and one that has aged and developed wonderfully. A great big thanks to my secret santa (Eyedrinkale)for this prize.
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winter 2004-2005 Bottling. Poured dark dark dark black with a nice - but small - brown cocao head, which dissapated quickly. Nice taste and aroma of burnt malt, smoky chocolate. Almost like hot chocolate in texture - or maybe melted bakerís chocolate.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am falling hard for this style of beer...and have highly anticaptated tryin this one. It pours out with strong aromas of roasted coffee and cocoa, pitch black with short-lived tan head. Of course, there is dark chocolate and some coffee, and maybe some vanilla flavours...the body is medium, without much maltiness and lacking the rich oily texture many of the better impyís have.
Because of its name, I hoped for more chocoalte taste.
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
They donít get much blacker than this. Paper-thin mocha colored head, even on a vigorous pour. Maybe itís just the power of suggestion, but this does have a little cocoa scent to it, along with grapes and berries. I think this is slightly thinner than other renditions (think Storm King and Expedition, which are the plumb-lines for this style), but itís still quite good and full of flavor. There are some plums and licorice that set it apart, though. The only real complaint, aside from the body, is a hint of tang.
TBone (13638) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 04-05 Winter, 8.25% alc.
Opaque black, small steady expresso head. Good roasted black coffee nose with alcoholic touch. Medium-to-full bodied. Very chocolaty, alcohol is a bit overwhelming. Needs propably aging.
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled@HBF 2005) Almost opaque black with a smallish head. Very roasty, chocolatey aroma with noticeable alcohol. Very roasted-malty, chocolate-licoricey coffee flavor. Medium to full-bodied palate with quite low carbonation. A pretty enjoyable stout, but a bit high on alcohol and lacking in body.
Skyhawk1 (7) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick black appearence with a foamy brown head that laces the glass as it goes down. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, and molasses. Thick creamy mouthfeel with a big smoky chocolate taste with hint of port and a bitter finish.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This one pours a dark black color(redundant, I know) with a big head and it laces fully on my pint... The aroma fires up from the glass and is of burnt sugar on burnt toast with roasted caramel spread on top. Very nice! Letís begin... Immediate espresso flavors hit the buds and the finish just stays the same way. There is a slight sweetness that peeks through just enough to make you wonder if it was intended or just a by-product of Godís greatest gift to all of us - fermentation. Light carbonation and a 15W40 like viscosity. Not that pansy new synthetic oil, but real, full grade Drakeís well crude. This is a solid good beer whose flavor surrounds the tongue and flows around in the mouth coating everything with a wonderful thick, biting, heavenly, roasted, malty, coffee, dark cocoa flavor. That enough adjectives for you?
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 Black, tan head. Chocolate malts all the way with roastiness and a touch of sweetness, smooth mouthfeel and a low hop finish.