Ebonheart (12) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A taste for the Holidays. Not threatening abou thte taste. Even good for non-beer drinkers. Light on the chocolate, which it probably a good thing.
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
truly delectable dessert beer. It compliments the most savory chocolate cake, pie, pudding etc...
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really stellar appearance. Very syrupy, some bubbles accumulate into a brown head, which quickly recedes. Chocolate dominates the nose. Very sweet. Lots of alcohol on the palate. A little bitterness, nothing overwhelming. Drier towards the finish. Slightly lighter bodied than other Imperial Stouts I’ve had.
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2007 12 oz. ’02-’03 bottle sent to me from Kramer17801. Pours very very dark. Deep tan head that dissipated quickly. Lacing appeared and then slid down the glass into the beer. Heavy aromas of chocolate and dark molasses. Flavors were very similar with a decent hop/alcohol finish.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2006 [tap @ Sunset Cantina, bottled re-rate 10/24/06] Pours a straight black color, with a creamy, dense coffee-colored head. Aroma is pretty mellow, with coffee, chocolate and a bit of licorice present. Dark, bittersweet chocolate flavors, with some roasty malt flavors. Alcohol is more apparent with this recent release, and in my opinion, it balances things quite nicely. Definitely one of my favorite examples of chocolate in a beer.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 This beer really speaks of a seductive, sensuous nature right off the bat. From the design of the bottle, to the silky deep brown pour and the toast colored head. I feel like I should be wearing wing tips and smoking a cigarette on a long holder. The aroma blasts forth, with sweet runs of cherries, abbey fruitcake, apricots, a hint of pineapple and warm alcohol notes, it swirls in with a fair dose of raspberry chocolate and a hint of pipe tobacco. Soothing. Very different profile for an Imp, in my opinion, but completely delightful. There’s lots of really good smokey notes, a mix of smoked malts, hints of cigar and run of campfire. This runs with some of the fruit notes that carry over from the aroma, backed with a strong hit of roasted character, in the form of coarse toast. It doesn’t really carry the sumptuous roasted coffee, but more of a toast and charcoal, which separates it. Chocolate doesn’t appear too often either. It’s more loaded with fruit and smoke, which really lends diversity and character to the brew. These flavors ride a high and beautiful wave in the form of a silky train of viscous fluid that coats and glows. The beer loses only in it’s sustaining power, unable to hold the level of intracacy for too long. Alcohol is surprisingly present for the amount, but it does only good. This beer really is what it sets out to be.
bp (881) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
2005-06 bottle, pours black with little head, aroma of chocolate and a little scent of alcohol, tastes of dark chocolate, malt and a little alcohol burn on the way down. Not a bad brew but there are better Imperial Stouts.
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ohh good beer....LOVELY!!!
Crude black juice. Thick as melted cheese...khaki head.
Bourbon on the nose, slight chocolate but nothing serious more divine than fake like some chocolate stouts. AWESOME!!!
Alcohol punch in the nose but it isn’t offensive but incredibly inviting. It says, "Come to me and be my life my friend...my lover." Massive good. Roasted but sticky. I mean this thing is not half good like some beers. Chocolate...and chemicals. Roasty and watery. None of that stuff only thick gooey goodness.
Tasty as well. Typical roasted carbonated juice but with a complex edge that is delightful. Bitter roasted, sweet and not chalky...Too good.
ZOSOMAN12020 (28) - Malta, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed on tap at Lionheart, Albany, NY $2.00/pint M-F, 4-7pm. Delicious on tap; also just bought a 6pk, and on tap is noticeably smoother, with less alcohol over-warmth in finish. Bottle still quite enjoyable, but anyone who likes chocolate would like this on tap...
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winter ’05-’06 bottled version pours black as coal. Chocolate aroma with dark brown head that quickly diminishes. Dark chocalate palate that gives way to big alcohol spiciness on the back of the tongue. Needs a little aging?