Schioth (41) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma is extremely rich (but I don’t quite care for it!!). Beatiful "black as the night"-appearance with light-brown foam. Excellent flavor that really tastes like chocolate. Very long bitter-sweet finish as well. Mouthfeel is great too. Overall a must-try, albeit not my favorite beer type...
llgrgg (18) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black, big tan creamy head. Lacing is beautiful of course. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and more coffee with a hint of bitterness. Full palate with tastes of the same aroma. Great chocolate taste with a splash of bitterness at the end of each sip. Overall, a stout lovers prize.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown...nearly black, but certainly opaque. Aroma is full of chocolatey roasty malts. The flavor is bittersweet, with a semisweet chocolate tone at the start and then a nice bitter roastiness toward the end. Lots of choco-coffee mixed in as well, with a full-bodied mouthfeel and a very long appropriately bitter finish. Very tasty IS.
WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I picked this up at a pretty trashy liquor store, after all others had been out since mid-March and I had yet to buy some. Then I noticed it’s from 03/04. Anyway. Pours thick and black like all stouts should and few do. Aroma us huge on chocolate, with some dark roast nuts, and something else I can’t quite put my finger on. Unique. Tastes very strongly of roast and chocolate malts. Some slightly tangy finish, with an ill-disguised alcohol burn, but I think that is because the bottle is a year and a half old. I will rerate come this winter.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2011 I have encountered this beer a couple of times and have been moderately impressed by it each time. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours thick, black and oily with a small dark brown head. The aroma is bitter hops. The flavor is roasted malts followed by a sharp hop bite and with light chocolate and coffee undertones. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and creamy.
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 (1740) - 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 (1148) - 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 (23671) - 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.