StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 Winter 2005-2006 bottle, consumed January 2006.
Inky black, moderately thick and opaque in the snifter with a dark tan cobweb overlay for the head. Delectable aromatic display composed of milk chocolate, caramel, mocha frappucino, chocolate-covered pecans and dark fudge brownie batter. The aroma produces few hints of its flavor fury, save a slight trace of alcohol. Thick interlude lays down a waxy mocha layer across the palate. Dry dark chocolate powder displaces the otherwise oily body. Chocolate characteristics spurring its namesake stem from Symphony chocolate bars with almonds, and Hershey syrup connotations. Oily, oozing, teetering palate delight, and if this mouth feel thickens with age, dear Lord... Finishes with semi-sweet, dense fudge with a minute caramel ripple. A splendid winter tradition.
Winter 2004-2005 bottle, consumed February 2005.
Pours thick and dark with a nice tan head. Smells bitter, and of molasses and chocolate malt. Great roasted flavor. Nutty, caramel and chocolatey - tastes like an almond Hershey kiss, liquefied and infused with alcohol. Rich and robust with a burnt aftertaste. Head seems to grow a centimeter after each sip. Nice lacing on my .5 L boot. Warming and delicious. Well done. Big thanks to goldtwins for the bottle!
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - FEB 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2003. Not too overly alcoholic in flavor, but very rich. Chocolate, coffee dominate. not too much of an aftertaste, but a faint chocolate one. a great stout. I would drink again gladly. Thanks to secret santa PineyPower.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2011 Bottle from 03-04 release from Footbalm. 06-07from Pailhead. 08-09 from northernbrews. Pours very oily black, slick, spotty lacing. Big chocolate and alcohol nose, not much else. Chocolate, roast, hints of coffee, alcohol in finish, drying. Slick mouthfeel. Hotness kills it for me.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2005
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Rich chocolate aroma. Small creamy brown head totally dissipates. Black in the glass. Totally lost the chocolate in the flavor profile which was bitterness riding on alcohol giving a medicinal taste. Oily mouthfeel with virtually no carbonation. The chocolate returns in the finish. Strange. Maybe to young?
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy light brown head on a very dark body. Fruity, yet stout taste, notes of coffee and chocolate, perfect for strong cheese. Very filling flavour, yet the alcohol is well hidde. A pleasure to taste!
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black opaque oily beer, brown creamy head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, caramel and cinnamon. Flavor starts sweet with caramel, molasses, chocolate and vanilla, then it gets kind of fizzy and the bitter side kicks in turning the beer into some tasty black coffee. Some real dark chocolate flavor! This is really tasty.
jb (2434) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 Faint alcohol smell, no alcohol in nose. Pours out quite black with a dark tan head. Not much of one at that, but nice reddish tint to it. Taste the chocolate malt and toasted malt. Not enough hops in the body and a bit too sweet for me. Nice strong coffee finish. Would probably improve alot with age. Iím not a big fan of Imperial Stouts so take my lower rating with that in mind.
Had this again on tap at Beale St. Loved it! I am guessing the draft was served at the proper temperature. The balance was there. Not too sweet. Also, the look was great, along with the nose.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pitch black, small brown head. Aroma of dark choclate, with a little lactose/creamy malt to it. Flavor is like alcoholic carbonated choclate milk. Lots of roasted malty flavors. Very smooth and enjoyable. Thanks to IMTheOptimator for this one!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Bottle, and if you can believe it, I am in northern NJ, yet my pal Richlikebeer, in PA, got this to me. 04-05 bottling. Poured black, like midnight in the depths of evil. Tan head that was HUGE to start, then settled into a tight foamy, yet creamy 1/2 ". Aroma of roasted chocolate malts, with caramel and a bit of smoke. Vanilla and dark fruits.Oh, this is full bodied with chocolate malts and some licorice, along with a small sampling of hops to compliment this dry, sweet stout. I have decided to compliment this with a piece of Belgian Dark chocolate. This is the heavenly liquid version.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured jet black with a dark brown head. Aroma is, of course, bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Taste is chocolate but net extremely sweet. Modest alcohol kick but very drinkable. Finish is somewhat bitter and dry but overall rather clean. Not the richest imperial stout Iíve had, but a good one, especially for the price.